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Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (5th Edition)

Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (5th Edition)

Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (5th Edition)
By Anthony M. Bedford, Wallace Fowler

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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.  For professionals in mechanical, civil, aeronautical, or engineering mechanics fields.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #137981 in Books
  • Published on: 2007-07-21
  • Ingredients: Example Ingredients
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.10" h x 1.20" w x 8.20" l, 3.18 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 680 pages

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover
This text presents the foundations and applications of statics by emphasizing the importance of visual analysis of topics-especially through the use of free body diagrams. This text also promotes a problem-solving approach to solving examples through its strategy, solution, discussion format in examples. Bedford/Fowler further includes design and computational examples that help instructors integrate these ABET 2000 requirements. FEATURES/BENEFITS * 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 dynamics in engineering design.
* NEW—Emphasizes Application—Text places dynamics 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—Extended discussion of normal and tangential components (Ch. 2)—Includes 3D motion.
* NEW—A revised discussion of reference frames—Throughout the text, especially in Chs. 2 and 6.
* NEW—Expanded/improved discussion of several topics—e.g., impulsive forces, 2D rigid-body kinematics, D'Alembert's principle, and angular impulse and momentum.
* NEW—Expanded discussion of 3D rigid body dynamics (Ch. 9)—Includes new examples and problems.
* NEW—More than 20% new and revised chapter-end problems.
Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics, Second Edition. This book has quickly earned a place in Engineering schools across the country because it teaches engineering mechanics the way a good instructor would Problem Solving * Uses a "Strategy-Solution-Discussion" problem-solving methodology that explains how to approach problems, solve them, and critically judge the results
* Contains "Computational Mechanics" feature with examples and problems that introduce the reader to computer applications in engineering mechanics
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
Applications * 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 Visualization * Provides more free-body diagrams to many of the worked examples
* Separates most of the diagrams showing velocities, accelerations, and forces into a free-body diagram showing the forces and a kinematic diagram showing the accelerations
Content * Extends the discussion of normal and tangential components in Chapter 2 to include three- dimensional motion Includes a revised discussion of reference frames throughout the text, especially in Chapters 2 and 6
* Improves the discussion of impulsive forces in Chapter 5
* Improves the discussion of 2D rigid-body kinematics in Chapter 6
* Expands and improves the discussion of D'Alembert's principle in Chapter 7
* Provides a revised and improved discussion of angular impulse and momentum in Chapter 8
* Expands the discussion of 3D rigid body dynamics in Chapter 9 and provides new examples and problems
* Offers several new examples throughout the text including more of the popular feature, "Application to Engineering"
* Includes more than 20% new and revised end-of-chapter problems
Organization * Presents section on Orbital Mechanics in Chapter 3

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 dynamics 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 variety of modern engineering applications. With encouragement and help from many 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 in 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 examples titled "Application to Engineering" provide more detailed discussions of the uses of dynamics in engineering design.

Computational Mechanics

Some instructors prefer to teach dynamics without requiring the use of a computer. Others use dynamics 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 text's website. See Supplements (page xv) 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, figure, summary statement, and problem. Where necessary, we made changes, additions, or deletions to simplify and clarify the presentation. In response to requests, we made the following notable changes:

  • Problems that contain elements of engineering design have been marked with a new 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 provide over 300 new and revised problems, including the conversion of some problems from U.S. Customary to SI units. As with the examples, many of the new problems continue our focus on applications of dynamics 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 relate the text to actual applications and situations.
  • An extensive new supplement program includes web-based assessment software, visualization software, and much more. See the Supplements description for complete information.
  • At the suggestion of reviewers, we have improved the organization of Chapter 20 by introducing Eider's equations earlier and moving the material on moments and products of inertia to an appendix at the end of the chapter.

Commitment to Students and Instructors

In revising the textbook and solutions manual, we have taken precautions 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 correct answers and, if necessary, can continue to attempt similar problems until they are successful. By integrating with an optional course management system, professors can have student results recorded electronically. Students may also print random problem sets for submission and traditional grading. Contact your Prentice Hall representative for more information and for instructor's passwords. This site is password protected—student passwords appear in each text's accompanying Dynamics Study Pack.

Dynamics Study Pack is designed to give students the tools to improve their study skills. The Dynamics Study Pack comes bundled at no additional cost with every Third Edition of Dynamics 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 28 pre-set simulations of Dynamics 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 Dynamics Study Pack is available as a stand-alone item. Order Study Packs with the ISBN 0-13-093235-3.

MATLAB®/Mathcad® Tutorials. These 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, MATLAS/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 Dynamics Study Pack.

ESouree ACCESS. Students can obtain a password to access an over 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 representative or [email protected] for pricing and bundling options.

ADAMS Simulations for Dynamics—Mechanical Dynamics, Inc. has created over 100 simulations of problems from Dynamics using their ADAMS simulation/prototyping software. Professors and students can simulate and observe the effects of changing parameters in systems and gain deeper insight into their behavior. Simulations also cone with an accompanying avi "movie" file. Files are located at the password protected part of the website—students use their study pack passwords, and professors should contact their rep for professor access. Qualified adopters may also be able to obtain free site licenses. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Solutions Manual and Presentation CD. These supplements, available only to instructors, contain complete solutions to all of the problems and several sample syllabi. 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 the art from the book and solutions files.

Course Management. Prentice Hall will be supporting Bedford/Fowler with several course management options. Contact your sales representative 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

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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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