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Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics

Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics

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

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

Based upon a great deal of classroom teaching experience, Plesha, Gray, & Costanzo 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 Plesha, Gray, & Costanzo, a new dawn for statics and dynamics.

NOTE: This title does not include connect access card.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #907613 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
  • Published on: 2012-01-23
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.80" h x 1.90" w x 8.70" l, 6.90 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 1472 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

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About the Author
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.

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
1Pure Frustration
By PartTimeConsumer
I ordered this book because I needed the dynamics book and lo and behold the combined book was much cheaper than buying the individual dynamics book. That being said the only reason anyone should buy these books is because they are being forced against their will. I hope that is not the case. That was my case, and having experience with other statics and dynamics books, this book is the worse. Its pretty obvious this book was written by smart people; however their smarts do not translate well, if not at all. The chapters go like this, "Lets just write a bunch of formulas down and not explain anything!" and the other guy was like, "Yeah that's great, lets also not put the answers in the back of the book and instead put them on some obscure website for them to look up every time, and lets get a few of those answers wrong as well!" and then they high-fived each other. The result is you will spend hours completing maybe one problem, then finish and check your answer and the answer is wrong, but is it? probably not, but you will never know. until your teacher reveals the correct answer after you changed yours a thousand times because you did not get it right(when you actually did) the first time. If you have to buy this book, I am truly sorry. Good luck.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4Good Book
By Amazon Customer
Everything is well organized. Theory first then example problems. There is also a summary at the end of every chapter and section that is very useful. It provides easy access to the formulas and other essential information.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Very clear and comprehensive book
By Rezende, Julio
Two volumes with a very great price. I am a Instructor in a University in Brazil and the both books have a very clear and didatic language. Very comprehensive books students and teachers.

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