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Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics

Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics

Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
By Gary Gray Professor, Francesco Costanzo Professor, Michael Plesha Professor

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Gray, Costanzo, & Plesha's Engineering Mechanics, 2e is the Problem Solver's Approach for Tomorrow's Engineers.

Based upon a great deal of classroom teaching experience, Gray, Costanzo, & Plesha provide a visually appealing learning framework to your students. The look of the presentation is modern, like the other books the students have experienced, and the presentation itself is relevant, with examples and exercises drawn from the world around us, not the world of sixty years ago.

Examples are broken down in a consistent manner that promotes students' ability to setup a problem and easily solve problems of incrementally harder difficulty.

Engineering Mechanics is also accompanied by McGraw-Hill's Connect which allows the professor to assign homework, quizzes, and tests easily and automatically grades and records the scores of the students' work. Most problems in Connect are randomized to prevent sharing of answers and most also have a "multi-step solution" which helps move the students' learning along if they experience difficulty.

Engineering Mechanics, 2e by Gray, Costanzo, & Plesha a new dawn for statics and dynamics.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #31785 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
  • Published on: 2012-01-19
  • Format: EveryBook
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 11.40" h x 1.30" w x 8.40" l, 4.01 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 832 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

Editorial Reviews

About the Author
Gary L. Gray is an Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State in University Park, PA. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, an S.M. in Engineering Science from Harvard University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary research interests are in dynamical systems, dynamics of mechanical systems, mechanics education, and multi-scale methods for predicting continuum-level properties of materials from molecular calculations. For his contributions to mechanics education, he has been awarded the Outstanding and Premier Teaching Awards from the Penn State Engineering Society, the Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, the Learning Excellence Award from General Electric, and the Collaborative and Curricular Innovations Special Recognition Award from the Provost of Penn State. In addition to dynamics, he also teaches mechanics of materials, mechanical vibrations, numerical methods, advanced dynamics, and engineering mathematics.

Francesco Costanzo is an Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Penn State. He received the Laurea in Ingegneria Aeronautica from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. After coming to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar he received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University. His primary research interest is the mathematical and numerical modeling of material behavior. He has focused on the theoretical and numerical characterization of dynamic fracture in materials subject to thermo-mechanical loading via the use of cohesive zone models and various fi nite element methods, including space-time formulations. His research has also focused on the development of multi-scale methods for predicting continuum-level material properties from molecular calculations, including the development of molecular dynamics methods for the determination of the stress-strain response of nonlinear elastic systems. In addition to scientifi c research, he has contributed to various projects for the advancement of mechanics education under the sponsorship of several organizations, including the National Science Foundation. For his contributions, he has received various awards, including the 1998 and the 2003 GE Learning Excellence Awards, and the 1999 ASEE Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award. In addition to teaching dynamics, he also teaches statics, mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics, and mathematical theory of elasticity.

Michael E. Plesha is a Professor of Engineering Mechanics in the Department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Plesha received his B.S. from the University of Illinois-Chicago in structural engineering and materials, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in structural engineering and applied mechanics. His primary research areas are computational mechanics, focusing on the development of fi nite element and discrete element methods for solving static and dynamic nonlinear problems, and the development of constitutive models for characterizing behavior of materials. Much of his work focuses on problems featuring contact, friction, and material interfaces. Applications include nanotribology, high temperature rheology of ceramic composite materials, modeling geomaterials including rock and soil, penetration mechanics, and modeling crack growth in structures. He is co-author of the book Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis (with R. D. Cook, D. S. Malkus, and R. J. Witt). He teaches courses in statics, basic and advanced mechanics of materials, mechanical vibrations, and fi nite element methods.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
1PSU students
By kyle
Professor gray is a genius, but this book is really hard to understand. Many equations come from identities and are poorly explained. You have to already understand the answer before you start the problem. The first 2 chapters contain almost no problem solving steps. It doesn't teach, it expects you to know. The lack of an available answer key only further exacerbates the problem. This is also complicated as it doesn't build on the physics you were taught, so it starts all over again, and moves at a blistering pace. If you are a penn state student take this course over the summer at a satellite campus.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
1I can not understand anything...
By Renan H. Coelho Silva
First, I understand that dynamics is a hard topic. However, this book makes a hard subject even harder. The format alone gets me confused. I have a 3.85 GPA and have never had such a hard time learning from a book. Plus, mcgraw-hill's connect is pretty bad too in my opinion.

If you are a teacher, please go with the Hibbeler books and mastering engineering. They are a lot easier for the students.

Obs: What drove me crazy the most was that the book does not have the answers to the odd problems in the back. It has a web address for you to go to but it is a dead link.. It took weeks before my teacher finally was able to get the right link from an e-mail from the publisher.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
By Agnete Schmidt
The book looks new and is in great condition, sure.

But what happened to:

"Engineering Mechanics is also accompanied by McGraw-Hill's Connect..."

I specifically bought a "New" version of this book from Amazon thinking it would be accompanied by a Connect registration code. But it wasn't.
I also, prior to purchasing the book, scoured the page looking for any sign telling me whether or not it would indeed come with the registration code. But found nothing concrete.
Is it too much to ask that you clearly indicate whether or not it's included in the purchase?

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