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Provide your mechanical engineering students with a solid understanding of statics without the overload of extraneous detail in Andrew Pytel and Jaan Kiusalaas' ENGINEERING MECHANICS: STATICS, 4E. The authors use their extensive teaching experience and first-hand knowledge to deliver a presentation that's ideally suited to the learning skills of today's students. The authors clearly introduce critical concepts using learning features that connect real problems and examples with the fundamentals of engineering mechanics. Students learn how to analyze problems successfully before substituting numbers into formulas. This approach benefits students tremendously as they encounter actual engineering situations that do not adhere to standard formulas. This book's rich, concise presentation is complemented by a useful Student Study Guide that clarifies concepts with additional examples and problems as well as a wealth of instructor resources to save you time.

Andrew Pytel, The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Andrew Pytel received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, his M.S. in Engineering Mechanics, and his Ph.D in Engineering Mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University. In addition to his career at Penn State University, Dr. Pytel served as an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in Boston. He became a full Professor at The Penn State University in 1984 and a Professor Emeritus in 1995. Throughout his career, Dr. Pytel has taught numerous courses and received many honors and awards. He has participated extensively with the American Society for Engineering Education and was named a Fellow of the ASEE in 2008.

Jaan Kiusalaas, The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Jaan Kiusalaas is Professor Emeritus, Engineering Science and Mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Kiusalaas received his Honors BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Adelaide, Australia, his M.S. in Civil Engineering and his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Northwestern University. Dr. Kiusalaas has been a professor at The Pennsylvania State University since 1963. He is also a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre. Dr. Kiusalaas' teaching experience includes addressing topics as Numerical Methods (including finite element and boundary element methods) and Engineering Mechanics, ranging from introductory courses (statics and dynamics) to graduate level courses.
  • ONE-THIRD OF ALL HOMEWORK PROBLEMS ARE NEW OR REVISED. To ensure your students practice using the latest trends and developments in engineering mechanics, approximately 30% of this edition's homework problems are new or updated.
  • EXPANDED AND REVISED SAMPLE PROBLEMS HELP STUDENTS REFINE THEIR SKILLS. The authors have rewritten or expanded the sample problems throughout this edition to help students master problem-solving techniques.
  • MODIFIED TERMINOLOGY CLARIFIES CONCEPTS FOR STUDENTS. The authors have revised terminology throughout this edition to ensure the meanings and explanations are relevant to students.
  • EQUILIBRIUM ANALYSIS OF A SINGLE BODY AND CONNECTED BODIES ARE PRESENTED TOGETHER. These concepts of frames and machines are discussed in detail within a single comprehensive chapter to ensure students understand their correlation with one another.
  • UNIQUE TECHNIQUE TEACHES STUDENTS THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING THE SOLUTION TO EQUILIBRIUM EQUATIONS BEFORE STARTING. When applicable, the solution of a sample problem begins by comparing the number of unknowns with the number of independent equilibrium equations. Essentially all of the problems in this statics textbook are statically determinate. However, this technique helps students recognize the importance of knowing that the equilibrium equations will yield a solution before a single equilibrium equation is written.
  • BOOK INCLUDES SAMPLE AND HOMEWORK PROBLEMS REQUIRING NUMERICAL INTEGRATION. These problems are labeled as optional for your flexibility in presentation and can easily be omitted without jeopardizing the presentation of the subject.
  • COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW AT START OF THE BOOK HIGHLIGHTS THE FUNDAMENTAL PROPERTIES OF VECTOR ALGEBRA. This review leads directly into the basic two- and three-dimensional operations of force systems. This important background prepares students to study the equilibrium analysis of particles and rigid bodies.
  • SAMPLE PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED USING BOTH SCALAR AND VECTOR NOTATIONS. These sample problems allow students to increase their problem-solving skills.
  • EQUILIBRIUM ANALYSIS OF PROBLEMS IS UNIQUELY TAUGHT USING THREE STEPS. Students first learn how to draw free-body diagrams, then learn how to analyze problems using given free-body diagrams, and, finally, learn how to perform complete problem analyses by combining the previous two steps. This three-step technique helps you identify precisely which step or steps of the problem-solution may be giving the student difficulty.
  • SOLUTIONS FOR SAMPLE PROBLEMS THAT REQUIRE EQUILIBRIUM ANALYSES ARE PRESENTED IN THREE SUBDIVISIONS. These solutions are divided into Method of Analysis, Mathematical Details, and Other Methods of Analysis. The first two categories provide students with complete solutions to the problems, while the third category encourages students to consider additional methods of analysis.
Introduction. Newtonian Mechanics. Fundamental Properties of Vectors. Representation of Vectors Using Rectangular Components. Vector Multiplication
Introduction. Equivalence of Vectors. Force. Reduction of Concurrent Force Systems. Moment of Force About a Point. Moment of Force About an Axis. Couples. Changing the Line of Action of a Force
Introduction. Reducing a Force System to a Force and a Couple. Definition of Resultant. Resultants of Coplanar Force Systems. Resultants of Non-coplanar Force Systems. Introduction to Distributed Normal Loads.
Introduction. Definition of Equilibrium.
Part A: Analysis of Single Bodies -- Free-Body Diagrams of a Body. Coplanar Equilibrium Equations. Writing and Solving Equilibrium Equations. Equilibrium Analysis for Single-Body Problems.
Part B: Analysis of Composite Bodies -- Free-Body Diagrams Involving Internal Reactions. Equilibrium Analysis of Composite Bodies. Special Cases: Two-Force and Three-Force Bodies.
Part C: Analysis of Plane Trusses -- Description of a Truss. Method of Joints. Method of Sections.
Introduction. Definition of Equilibrium. Free-Body Diagrams. Independent Equilibrium Equations. Improper Constraints. Writing and Solving Equilibrium Equations. Equilibrium Analysis.
Part A: Beams -- Internal Force Systems. Analysis of Internal Forces. Area Method for Drawing V- and M- Diagrams.
Part B: Cables - Cables Under Distributed Loads / Cables Under Concentric Loads.
Introduction. Coulomb's Theory of Dry Friction. Problem Classification and Analysis. Impending Tipping. Angle of Friction; Wedges and Screws. Ropes and Flat Belts. Disk Friction.
Introduction. Centroids of Plane Areas and Curves. Centroids of Curved Surfaces, Volumes, and Space Curves. Theorems of Pappus-Guldinus. Center of Gravity and Center of Mass. Distributed Normal Loads.
Introduction. Moments of Inertia of Areas and Polar Moments of Inertia. Products of Inertia of Areas. Transformation Equations and Principal Moments of Inertia of Areas. Mohr's Circle for Moments and Products of Inertia.
Introduction. Planar Kinematics of a Rigid Body. Virtual Work. Method of Virtual Work. Instant Center of Rotation. Equilibrium and Stability of Conservative Systems.
Appendix A: Numerical Integration -- Introduction. Trapezoidal Rule. Simpson's Rule.
Appendix B: Finding Roots of Functions -- Introduction. Newton's Method. Secant Method.
Appendix C: Densities of Common Materials.

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