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Engineering Mechanics - Statics (4th Edition) (World Student)

Engineering Mechanics - Statics (4th Edition) (World Student)

Engineering Mechanics - Statics (4th Edition) (World Student)
By Anthony M Bedford, Wallace Fowler

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Book Description

While covering the basic principles of mechanics in an example-driven format, this innovative book emphasizes critical thinking by presenting the reader with engineering situations. Compelling photorealistic art, and a robust photograph program helps readers to connect visually to the topics discussed. Features strong coverage of FBDs and important ABET topics. Chapter topics include: Vectors; Forces; Systems of Forces and Moments; Objects in Equilibrium; Structures In Equilibrium; Centroids and Centers of Mass; Moments of Inertia; Friction; Internal Forces and Moments; Virtual Work and Potential Energy. For professionals in mechanical, civil, aeronautical, or engineering mechanics fields.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1039438 in Books
  • Published on: 2004-05-30
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.50" h x 1.19" w x 8.74" l, 2.82 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 640 pages

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From the Back Cover

* NEW—Strategy-Solution- Discussion—Most examples follow this format.
* Promotes students thinking critically about the example vs. rote memorization.

* NEW—Engineering Design—Includes "Application to Engineering" examples that provide discussions of the uses of statics in engineering design.
* NEW—Emphasizes Application—Book places statics within the context of engineering practice by including applications from many fields of engineering.
* NEW—Optional Student Software—Working Model-based Simulation Software specifically for Bedford/Fowler.
* NEW—Computational Mechanics Examples—Provide optional self-contained examples designed to introduce students to the use of computers in engineering. Professors can use any programming language, or math solver of their choice.
* NEW—Earlier coverage of distributed forces on beams (Ch. 7).
* NEW—Earlier coverage of friction (Ch. 9).
* NEW—Reorganized chapter on Internal Forces and Moments (Ch. 10).
* NEW—Strengthened the already superior coverage of FBDs.
* NEW—A revised discussion of loads (Ch. 6).
* NEW—15% more homework problems.
* NEW—A thoroughly revised Solution Manual—Written by Wallace Fowler.
HALLMARK FEATURES Problem Solving Uses a "Strategy-Solution-Discussion" problem-solving methodology that explains how to approach problems, solve them, and critically judge the results Visualization
* Stresses the importance of visual analysis, especially the use of free-body diagrams
* Develops figures gradually and employs "ghosting" techniques to clarify and emphasize concepts emulating the way an instructor teaches
* Places engineering mechanics within the context of engineering practice by including applications from many fields of engineering
* Introduces design principles with the "Application to Engineering" feature using concepts developed in preceding sections of the chapter
NEW FEATURES * Includes section on distributed forces on beams earlier in the book-now in Chapter 7
* Presents Friction chapter earlier-now Chapter 9
* Reorganizes the material in Chapter 10, now called Internal Forces and Moments
* Strengthens already superior coverage of FBDs
* Presents a revised discussion of loads in Chapter 6
* Provides new examples throughout the book including the popular feature "Application to Engineering"
* Increases the number of homework problems by 15%
* Provides a thoroughly updated solution manual revised by Wallace Fowler

About the Author
Wallace Fowler is Paul D. and Betty Robertson Meek Professor of Engineering in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Fowler received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, and has been on the faculty since 1966. During 1976 he was on the staff of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, California, and in 1981-82 he was a visiting professor at the United States Air Force Academy. Since 1991 he has been Associate Director of the Texas Space Grant Consortium.Dr. Fowler's areas of teaching and research are dynamics, orbital mechanics, and spacecraft mission design. He is author or coauthor of many technical papers on trajectory optimization and attitude dynamics, and has also published many papers on the theory and practice of engineering teaching. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award, the General Dynamics Teaching Excellence Award, the Halliburton Education Foundation Award of Excellence, and the AIAA-ASEE Distinguished Aerospace Educator Award.He is a licensed professional engineer, a member of many technical societies, and a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Society for Engineering Education.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Our original objective in writing this book was to present the foundations and applications of statics as we do in the classroom. We used many sequences of figures, emulating the gradual development of a figure by a teacher explaining a concept. We stressed the importance of visual analysis in gaining understanding. especially through the use of free-body diagrams. Because inspiration is so conducive to learning, we based many of our examples and problems on a varies of modern engineering applications. With encouragement and help from main students and fellow teachers who have used the book, we continue and expand upon these themes in this edition.

Examples that Teach

The Strategy/Solution/Discussion framework employed by most of our examples is designed to emphasize the critical importance of good problem-solving skills. Our objective is to teach students how to approach problems and critically judge the results.

Engineering Design

We include simple design considerations in many examples and problems without compromising emphasis on fundamental mechanics. Design problems are marked with a D Icon. Optional exam-pies titled "Application to Engineering" provide more detailed discussions of the uses of statics in engineering design.

Computational Mechanics

Some instructors prefer to teach statics without requiring the use of a computer. Others use statics as an opportunity to introduce students to the use of computers in engineering, having them either write their own programs in a lower level language or use higher level problem-solving software. Our book is suitable for each of these approaches. We provide optional, self-contained "Computational Mechanics" sections with examples and problems designed for solution by a programmable calculator or computer. In addition, tutorials on using Mathcad® and MATLAB® in engineering mechanics are available from our texts website. See supplements for a further description.

Consistent Use of Color

To help students recognize and interpret elements of figures, we use consistent identifying colors

New to the Third Edition

Positive responses from users and reviewers have led us to retain the basic organization, content, and features of the first edition. During our preparation of this edition, we examined how we presented each concept, example, figs summary statement, and problem. Where necessary, we made changes, additions, or deletions to simplify and clarify the presentation. In response requests, we made the following notable changes:

  • New Design Problems appear at the end of most chapters, as well as special Design Experiences. Design Experiences in particular are more involved in nature and are appropriate to assign to teams. Problems with design intent are marked with a D icon.
  • We have added new examples where users indicated more were needed. Many of the new examples continue our emphasis on realistic and motivational applications and engineering design.
  • We have revised many existing problems to reflect metric versus English units. We have also added more than 200 new problems. As with the examples, many of the new problems focus on placing statics within the context of engineering practice.
  • New sets of Study Questions appear after most sections to help students check their retention of key concepts.
  • Each example is clearly labeled for its teaching purpose.
  • We have redesigned the text and also added photographs throughout to help students connect the text to real world applications and situations.
  • An extensive new supplement program includes web-based assessment software, visualization software, and much more. See the Supplement description for complete information.

Commitment to Students and Instructors

In revising the textbook and solutions manual, we have taken precaution to ensure accuracy to the best of our ability. We have each solved the new problems in an effort to be sure that their answers are correct and that they are of an appropriate level of difficulty. Karim Nohra of the University of South Florida also checked the text, examples, problems and solutions manual. Any errors that remain are the responsibility of the authors. We welcome communication from students and instructors concerning errors or areas for improvement. Our mailing address is Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712. Our electronic mail address is [email protected].


Student Supplements

Web Assessment Software lets students solve problems from the text with randomized variables so each student solves a slightly different problem. After students have submitted their answers, they receive the actual answers and can keep trying similar problems until they are successful. By integrating with an optional course management system, professors can have student results recorded electronically. Contact your PH rep for more information. This site is password protected—passwords appear in each text's accompanying Statics Study Pack.

Statics Study Pack is designed to give students the tools to improve their study skills. The Statics Study Pack comes bundled for free with every Third Edition of Statics sold in bookstores. It consists of three study components—a free body-diagram workbook, a Visualization CD based on Working Model Software, and an access code to a website with 500 sample Statics and Dynamics problems and solutions.

  • Free-Body Diagram Workbook prepared by Peter Schiavone of the University of Alberta. This workbook begins with a tutorial on free body diagrams and then includes 50 practice problems of progressing difficulty with complete solutions. Further "strategies and tips" help students understand how to use the diagrams in solving the accompanying problems.
  • Working Model CD contains 25 pre-set simulations of Statics examples in the text that include questions for further exploration. Simulations are powered by the Working Model Engine and were created with actual artwork from the text to enhance their correlation with the text.
  • Password-Protected Website contains 500 sample Statics and Dynamics problems for students to study. Problems are keyed to each chapter of the text and contain complete solutions. All problems are supplemental and do not appear in the Third Edition. Student passwords are printed on the inside cover of the Free-Body Diagram Workbook. To access this site, students should go to and follow the on-line directions to register.
The Statics Study Pack is available as a stand-alone item. Order stand-alone Study Packs with the ISBN 0-13-061574-9.

MATLAB®/Mathcad® Tutorials. Twenty tutorials showing how to use computational software in engineering mechanics. Each tutorial discusses a basic mechanics concept, and then shows how to solve a specific problem related to this concept using MATLAB/Mathcad. There are twenty tutorials each for MATLAB and Mathcad, and are available in PDF format from the password-protected area of the Bedford website. Passwords appear in each student study pack. Worksheets were developed by Ronald Larsen and Stephen Hunt of Montana State University-Bozeman.

Website contains multiple-choice and True/False quizzes keyed to each chapter in the book developed by Karim Nohra of the University of South Florida. Web Assessment, MATLAB/Mathcad tutorials, and Study Pack questions and solutions are all available at the password protected part of this website. Passwords for the protected portion are printed in the Statics Study Pack.

ESource ACCESS. Students may obtain a password to access to Prentice Hall's ESource, a more than 5000 page on-line database of Introductory Engineering titles. Topics in the database include mathematics review, MATLAB, Mathcad, Excel, programming languages, engineering design, and many more. This database is fully searchable and available 24 hours a day from the web. To learn more, visit Contact either your sales rep or [email protected] for pricing and bundling options.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Solutions Manual with Presentation CD. This supplement available to instructors contains completely worked out solutions. Each solution comes with problem statement as well as associated artwork. The accompanying CD contains PowerPoint slides of art from examples and text passages, as well as pdf files of all art from the book.

Course Management. Prentice Hall will be supporting Bedford/Fowler with several course management options. Contact your sales rep or [email protected] for complete information including prices and availability dates as well as how to use course management with our web assessment software.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
1Horrible book for Engineering class
By Certified Amazon Buyer
Changing from 4 to 1:
Chapter 13 and 14 are essential for this topic, however, the book has little explanation of the idea. To make the situation worse, there are few example questions, and those are not related to the practice problems later on. Prepare the need of many other resources if you have this book. I don't recommend having this book if you are on your own. Find another one!

--- SEP 7, 2016 ---
The book has lots of diagrams in color, and explains the concept and major principles in Dynamics in a concise and well-organized way (as told by my professor). However, it has only a few working examples for each chapter, (usually 1-2) which is not enough. It is a bit expensive for this book, as it was written in 2007 (And no updated version as of today). It starts with Chapter 12, to 21, (Chapter 1-11 is in Statics book)

I ordered the hard covered book, which comes rigid, like new conditions. As this is used book, don't expect to come with a MasteringEngineering Code, you can buy one at $60.95 on Pearson's website.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
2Far from the best
By E. D. Antmann
As an introduction, I am an undergraduate Engineering student, and used this text in a 200-level Statics of Solids course. The authors evidently attempted to innovate statics texts by relying on examples and exercises to comprise a bulk of the learning process. However, it seems that they took this theme a bit to far. There is no effective narrative in the text, and numerous vital details are omitted, with students left to their own devices to glean them from the examples. The example solutions skip steps haphazardly and are difficult for even high-achieving students to follow. Worse yet, several standard formulae, which are crucial for a bulk of the exercises, are relegated to an appendix which is rarely mentioned.

The authors note that some basic calculus is required for the course, which is true. However, their handling of it is one of the text's (many) low points. Descriptions of formulae and their purpose are lacking at best, and variables are inconsistent even within the same chapter. Overall, using this text was not a pleasant experience, and I would not recommend it to anybody, unless they were looking for a book of exercises. Even in that category, there are far better (and less costly) options on the market.

The bundled "Study Guide" authored by Mr. Schiavone, was of little utility. My instructor suggested that we purchase it, and it did provide a serviceable review of basic concepts. It extended review of free body diagrams was limited to the most basic of items and conventions, but could be useful in a course where the instructor neglects this area. Otherwise, the chapter reviews offered minimal, if any, problem-solving support, and thus the use of this supplement as a study guide was minimal. I guess for a student who understood the methods but not representation it could be helpful. Overall, I would not recommend the supplement either.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By Hector Cruz

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