Statics For Dummies

Statics For Dummies

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The fast and easy way to ace your statics course
Does the study of statics stress you out? Does just the thought of mechanics make you rigid? Thanks to this book, you can find balance in the study of this often-intimidating subject and ace even the most challenging university-level courses.
Statics For Dummies gives you easy-to-follow, plain-English explanations for everything you need to grasp the study of statics. You'll get a thorough introduction to this foundational branch of engineering and easy-to-follow coverage of solving problems involving forces on bodies at rest; vector algebra; force systems; equivalent force systems; distributed forces; internal forces; principles of equilibrium; applications to trusses, frames, and beams; and friction.
Offers a comprehensible introduction to staticsCovers all the major topics you'll encounter in university-level coursesPlain-English guidance help you grasp even the most confusing concepts
If you're currently enrolled in a statics course and looking for a friendlier way to get a handle on the subject, Statics For Dummies has you covered.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 187 x 234 x 21mm | 670g
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0470598948
  • 9780470598948
  • 233,888

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The fast and easy way to ace your statics course

Does the study of statics stress you out? Thanks to this book, you can find balance in the study of this often-intimidatingsubject. You'll get a thorough introduction to this foundationalbranch of engineering and easy-to-follow coverage of the topics youneed to ace even the most challenging university-level course.

Refresh yourself -- get a refresher course on themathematics you'll encounter in statics, from basic algebra andexponents to calculus, trigonometry, and geometry

Find your vector -- discover the basic principles ofvectors, learn how to depict them graphically, and use vectors todescribe direction from one point to another

May the force be with you -- learn how you can use vectorsto describe forces and movements

Go back to the drawing board -- get the lowdown onfree-body diagrams, from how to draw them to how to use them toanalyze problems

Search for stability -- understand the two fundamentaltypes of equilibrium and get an introduction to Newton's basictheorems and the techniques used to solve equilibrium problems

Put your statics knowledge to work -- study real-worldsystems, from trusses, frames, and machines to submerged surfacesand beyond

Open the book and find:

Key concepts in statics

Units of measure and constants used in statics

Basic properties of vectors

Clear explanations of how forces affect objects

The difference between internal and external forces

How to draw and simplify free-body diagrams

Newton's laws of equilibrium

Important things to remember when solving a statics problem

Learn to:

Grasp the study of statics for success in the classroom

Apply complex concepts such as vectors, internal and externalforces, and free-body diagrams

Solve problems in every aspect of statics
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Table of contents

Introduction 1
Part I: Setting the Stage for Statics 7
Chapter 1: Using Statics to Describe the World around You 9
Chapter 2: A Quick Mathematics Refresher 17
Chapter 3: Working with Unit Systems and Constants 31
Part II: Your Statics Foundation: Vector Basics 39
Chapter 4: Viewing the World through Vectors 41
Chapter 5: Using Vectors to Better Defi ne Direction 51
Chapter 6: Vector Mathematics and Identities 69
Chapter 7: Turning Multiple Vectors into a Single Vector Resultant 79
Chapter 8: Breaking Down a Vector into Components 95
Part III: Forces and Moments as Vectors 107
Chapter 9: Applying Concentrated Forces and External Point Loads 109
Chapter 10: Spreading It Out: Understanding Distributed Loads 123
Chapter 11: Finding the Centers of Objects and Regions 135
Chapter 12: Special Occasions in the Life of a Force Vector: Moments and Couples 149
Part IV: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words (Or At Least a Few Equations): Free-Body Diagrams 167
Chapter 13: Anatomy of a Free-Body Diagram 169
Chapter 14: The F.B.D.: Knowing What to Draw and How to Draw It 185
Chapter 15: Simplifying a Free-Body Diagram 199
Part V: A Question of Balance: Equilibrium 207
Chapter 16: Mr. Newton Has Entered the Building: The Basics of Equilibrium 209
Chapter 17: Taking a Closer Look at Two-Dimensional Equilibrium: Scalar Methods 219
Chapter 18: Getting Better Acquainted with Three-Dimensional Equilibrium: Vector Methods 229
Part VI: Statics in Action 241
Chapter 19: Working with Trusses 243
Chapter 20: Analyzing Beams and Bending Members 259
Chapter 21: Working with Frames and Machines 279
Chapter 22: A Different Kind of Axial System: Cable Systems 293
Chapter 23: Those Darn Dam Problems: Submerged Surfaces 309
Chapter 24: Incorporating Friction into Your Applications 321
Part VII: The Part of Tens 339
Chapter 25: Ten Steps to Solving Any Statics Problem 341
Chapter 26: Ten Tips for Surviving a Statics Exam 347
Index 353
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About James H. Allen

James H. Allen III, PE, PhD, is a registered professional engineer who teaches courses in the areas of statics, mechanics, structural engineering, and steel design.
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