Mechanics of Materials For Dummies

Mechanics of Materials For Dummies

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Your ticket to excelling in mechanics of materials
With roots in physics and mathematics, engineering mechanics is the basis of all the mechanical sciences: civil engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and aeronautical and aerospace engineering.

Tracking a typical undergraduate course, Mechanics of Materials For Dummies gives you a thorough introduction to this foundational subject. You'll get clear, plain-English explanations of all the topics covered, including principles of equilibrium, geometric compatibility, and material behavior; stress and its relation to force and movement; strain and its relation to displacement; elasticity and plasticity; fatigue and fracture; failure modes; application to simple engineering structures, and more.

Tracks to a course that is a prerequisite for most engineering majors
Covers key mechanics concepts, summaries of useful equations, and helpful tips

From geometric principles to solving complex equations, Mechanics of Materials For Dummies is an invaluable resource for engineering students!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 187.96 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0470942738
  • 9780470942734
  • 136,835

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Your ticket to excelling in mechanics of materials

Mechanics of Materials For Dummies gives youplain-English explanations of all the topics you'll encounter in atypical undergraduate course, including principles of equilibrium, geometric compatibility, and material behavior; stress and itsrelation to force and movement; strain and its relation todisplacement; and methods for calculating deformations andindeterminate systems.

Brush up on basics -- get a quick refresher on math andunits, a brief review of essential statics topics, and aneasy-to-follow introduction to mechanics of materials

Sharpen your skills -- find out which skills you need tomaster, including section property calculations, internal forcediagrams, and how to locate the centroid of an area

Stop stressing -- get the 411 on the basic types of stress, grasp the difference between average stress and stress at a point, and learn to transform stresses to find principal values andangles

Strain for more -- discover how objects deform in responseto strain, how you compute maximum and minimum strain values, andhow to determine strain orientation within an object

Compute displacements -- explore different ways to computedeformations of objects under loads for both statically determinateand indeterminate systems

Open the book and find:

How to use mechanics to understand material behavior

Methods for calculating stresses and strains

Basic torsion theory

How to calculate deformations, displacements, and angles oftwist

How to solve indeterminate systems and composite materialsproblems

Mohr's circle for transformations

Hooke's law for stress and strain

Learn to:

Understand key mechanics concepts

Grasp principles of stress, strain, and deformation and theirinteractions

Solve indeterminate statics problems
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Table of contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Setting the Stage for Mechanics of Materials 7

Chapter 1: Predicting Behavior with Mechanics of Materials 9

Chapter 2: Reviewing Mathematics and Units Used in Mechanics of Materials 15

Chapter 3: Brushing Up on Statics Basics 25

Chapter 4: Calculating Properties of Geometric Areas 41

Chapter 5: Computing Moments of Area and Other Inertia Calculations 55

Part II: Analyzing Stress 83

Chapter 6: Remain Calm, It's Only Stress85

Chapter 7: More than Meets the Eye: Transforming Stresses 99

Chapter 8: Lining Up Stress Along Axial Axes 131

Chapter 9: Bending Stress Is Only Normal: Analyzing Bending Members 149

Chapter 10: Shear Madness: Surveying Shear Stress 161

Chapter 11: Twisting the Night Away with Torsion 177

Part III: Investigating Strain 189

Chapter 12: Don't Strain Yourself: Exploring Strain and Deformation 191

Chapter 13: Applying Transformation Concepts to Strain 201

Chapter 14: Correlating Stresses and Strains to Understand Deformation 215

Part IV: Applying Stress and Strain 233

Chapter 15: Calculating Combined Stresses235

Chapter 16: When Push Comes to Shove: Dealing with Deformations 251

Chapter 17: Showing Determination When Dealing with Indeterminate Structures 273

Chapter 18: Buckling Up for Compression Members 301

Chapter 19: Designing for Required Section Properties 313

Chapter 20: Introducing Energy Methods 331

Part V: The Part of Tens 343

Chapter 21: Ten Mechanics of Materials Pitfalls to Avoid 345

Chapter 22: Ten Tips to Solving Mechanics of Materials Problems 349

Index 355
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About James H. Allen

James H. Allen III, PE, PhD is an assistant professor of civil engineering and a registered professional engineer. His specialty areas include structural engineering, numerical analysis and error control, and steel design. He is also the author of
Statics For Dummies.
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