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Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
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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.
Engineering Mechanics, 2e by Gray, Costanzo, & Plesha a new dawn for statics and dynamics.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #606064 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
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.
Most helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
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.
I 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.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Christian Eckenrode
There are a lot of equation derivations and practice problems. Any engineering student knows how that goes. What I like particularly about this book is that at the end of each section is two or three practice problems worked out with full detail and explanation, to give the reader a typical example.