Statics and Dynamics Demystified

Statics and Dynamics Demystified

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The fast and easy way to learn statics and dynamics

This new title in the popular Demystified series offers practical, easy-to-follow coverage of the difficult statics and dynamics course. Expert author David McMahon follows the standard curriculum, starting with basic mathematical concepts and moving on to advanced topics such as Newton's Law, structural analysis, centrifugal forces, kinematics, and the LaGrange method.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 188 x 236 x 12mm | 455g
  • MCGRAW-HILL Professional
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0071478833
  • 9780071478830
  • 548,568

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Discover how forces affect objects at rest or in motion -- even if you don't have formal training, unlimited time, or a Newtonian IQ. Statics and Dynamics Demystified offers an effective, enlightening, and entertaining way to learn this essential engineering topic.

After a review of vector calculus, this book covers forces, gravity, moment of inertia, and friction. Then, you'll study dynamics, beginning with the basic kinematics of particles. After a detailed look at Newton's second law, you'll examine rotation and circular motion, energy, work and power, and waves and vibrational motion. The book concludes with an introduction to LaGrangian and Hamiltonian methods.

This self-teaching guide gives you: A fast and easy way to understand statics and dynamics Hundreds of worked examples with solutions A quiz at the end of each chapter to reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses A final exam at the end of the book No unnecessary technical jargon A time-saving approach to performing better on an exam or at work

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Statics and Dynamics Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this complex subject.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: A Review of Vector Calculus
Chapter 2: Particles and Forces
Chapter 3: Resultants, Equilibrium, and Statics
Chapter 4: Gravity
Chapter 5: Moments of Inertia
Chapter 6: Cables
Chapter 7: Friction
Chapter 8: Particle Kinematics
Chapter 9: Dynamics and Newton's Second Law
Chapter 10: Circular Motion
Chapter 11: Energy and Work
Chapter 12: Waves and Vibrations
Chapter 13: Advanced Mechanics
Final Exam
Quiz Solutions and Final Exam Questions
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About David McMahon

David McMahon is a physicist and researcher at Sandia National Laboratories. He is the author of Linear Algebra Demystified, Quantum Mechanics Demystified, and Relativity Demystified.
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