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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. Chapter topics include: Vectors; Forces; Systems of Forces and Moments; Objects in Equilibrium; Structures In Equilibrium; Centroids and Centers of Mass; Moments of Inertia; Friction; Internal Forces and Moments; Virtual Work and Potential Energy. For professionals in mechanical, civil, aeronautical, or engineering mechanics fields.
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* 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 statics in engineering design.
* NEW—Emphasizes Application—Book places statics 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—Earlier coverage of distributed forces on beams (Ch. 7).
* NEW—Earlier coverage of friction (Ch. 9).
* NEW—Reorganized chapter on Internal Forces and Moments (Ch. 10).
* NEW—Strengthened the already superior coverage of FBDs.
* NEW—A revised discussion of loads (Ch. 6).
* NEW—15% more homework problems.
* NEW—A thoroughly revised Solution Manual—Written by Wallace Fowler.
Uses a "Strategy-Solution-Discussion" problem-solving methodology that explains how to approach problems, solve them, and critically judge the results
* 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
* 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 * Includes section on distributed forces on beams earlier in the book-now in Chapter 7
* Presents Friction chapter earlier-now Chapter 9
* Reorganizes the material in Chapter 10, now called Internal Forces and Moments
* Strengthens already superior coverage of FBDs
* Presents a revised discussion of loads in Chapter 6
* Provides new examples throughout the book including the popular feature "Application to Engineering"
* Increases the number of homework problems by 15%
* Provides a thoroughly updated solution manual revised by Wallace Fowler
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.
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