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Engineering Dynamics

Engineering Dynamics
By Jerry Ginsberg

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This text is a modern vector oriented treatment of classical dynamics and its application to engineering problems. Based on Ginsberg's Advanced Engineering Dynamics Second Edition, it develops a broad spectrum of kinematical concepts, which provide the framework for formulations of kinetics principles following the Newton-Euler and analytical approaches. This fresh treatment features many expanded and new derivations, with an emphasis on both breadth and depth and a focus on making the subject accessible to individuals from a broad range of backgrounds.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #654308 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Cambridge University Press
  • Published on: 2007-12-24
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.96" h x 1.81" w x 6.97" l, 2.80 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 742 pages


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About the Author
Jerry Ginsberg joined the faculty of Purdue University in 1969, and the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1980. He became the first Woodruff Chair in Mechanical Systems in 1988. In 1994 he was named the Georgia Tech Distinguished Professor, the Institute's highest award. Professor Ginsberg's activities include seminal contributions in nonlinear dynamics, shell vibrations, dynamic stability of pipes, nonlinear acoustics, shock response of submerged structures, acoustic-structure interaction, and experimental modal analysis. His research and books go beyond merely addressing the subject to elucidate fundamental physical phenomena. He is the author of more than 100 archival papers, and two graduate textbooks: Advanced Engineering Dynamics and Mechanical and Structural Vibrations. His undergraduate texts, Statics and Dynamics, with Joseph Genin, fundamentally influenced the pedagogy for these courses. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and previously was an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics. Among his significant speeches are keynote lectures at the 2nd International Conference on Vibrations, Dynamics, and Controls in Beijing, the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Chinese Society of Vibrations and Acoustics in Keelung, Taiwan, and presentations of the Rayleigh Lecture and the Noise Control and Acoustics Division Special Lecture at the 2001 and 2003 ASME IMEC Conferences. He is a Fellow in ASA and of ASME. Among his awards are the ASEE Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator in Mechanics (1998), the Acoustical Society of America Trent-Crede Silver Medal (2005), and the ASME Per Bruel Gold Medal in Noise Control and Acoustics (2007). The citations for the latter two awards note his fundamental contributions to theory and practice in vibrations and acoustics.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5A good book! But Dynamics is a hard course....
By Little Ming
It is a good book! But Dynamics is a very hard subject.... It almost drove me crazy at the beginning....

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
3This book is unfortunately so great yet so bad at the same time
By Far-from-Equilibrium
This book is unfortunately so great yet so bad at the same time.

The pros:
- There are many, many examples and the author goes into great detail on his strategy on the examples. This makes the book a very good tool for self-study.
- Probably the best clarification/discussion that is fair to both schools of thought concerning the overlap between Kane's equations and the Gibbs-Appell equations for nonholonomic systems.
- Excellent new chapter 9 that includes Hamilton's principle with derivations of interesting problems in continuous systems in engineering.
- Overall, re-written to be more student-friendly in comparison to second edition. Reorganized discussion on curvilinear coordinates and space curves very well.

The cons:
- Death by vectors. Vector heavy. Has a hard time letting go of Newtonian approaches. This reviewer is not a fan of continuing vector approaches at the graduate level as you begin to drift towards focusing on tree and leaves and missing the forest. This first 6 chapters are pedantic and exhausting and tend to obscure the big ideas in rigid body dynamics by insisting on a Newtonian approach.
- Death by typos. Death by typos. Death by typos. This is the most disappointing aspect that really chips away at my first pro. This version appears to have been done with significant cut-and-paste jobs that leave numerous numbers wrong in example problems. The solution key is completely hosed. Answers in the solution key are wrong. Sadly, the enormous errata still misses a huge number of typos, many of which do not exist in the second edition and a scattered all over the example problems. The errata for the solution key is also incomplete.
- The author has a habit of developing a general relation with respect to some subscript and then will build a theory off the idea for something else and switch his subscript to new ones. For the trained eye this is no big deal, but it really trips up/confuses students hitting the material for the first time.

In summary, very mixed feelings on this book. Could have been "the" source for intermediate dynamics courses for engineers but ultimately has enough drawbacks that it slides into the already large and unsatisfactory pile of traditionalists textbooks in this area. Instructors are still better off with their own notes. Very excited about the new edition at first only to be continually disappointed. Wish the author had taken more time and care and worked more slowly with a greater attention to detail in this edition.

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By span0701
good sale

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