Statics For Dummies

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Pub. Date: 2010-09-07
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Fast and easy way to ace your statics course  March 31, 2011
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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.






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The fast and easy way to ace your statics courseDoes 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 statics Covers all the major topics you'll encounter in university-level courses Plain-English guidance help you grasp even the most confusing conceptsIf 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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Setting the Stage for Statics
Using Statics to Describe the World around You
A Quick Mathematics Refresher
Working with Unit Systems and Constants
Your Statics Foundation: Vector Basics
Viewing the World through Vectors
Using Vectors to Better Define Direction
Vector Mathematics and Identities
Turning Multiple Vectors into a Single Vector Resultant
Breaking Down a Vector into Components
Forces and Moments as Vectors
Applying Concentrated Forces and External Point Loads
Spreading It Out: Understanding Distributed Loads
Finding the Centers of Objects and Regions
Special Occasions in the Life of a Force Vector: Moments and Couples
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words (Or At Least a Few Equations): Free-Body Diagrams
Anatomy of a Free-Body Diagram
The F.B.D.: Knowing What to Draw and How to Draw It
Simplifying a Free-Body Diagram
A Question of Balance: Equilibrium
Mr. Newton Has Entered the Building: The Basics of Equilibrium
Taking a Closer Look at Two-Dimensional Equilibrium: Scalar Methods
Getting Better Acquainted with Three-Dimensional Equilibrium: Vector Methods
Statics in Action
Working with Trusses
Analyzing Beams and Bending Members
Working with Frames and Machines
A Different Kind of Axial System: Cable Systems
Those Darn Dam Problems: Submerged Surfaces
Incorporating Friction into Your Applications
The Part of Tens
Ten Steps to Solving Any Statics Problem
Ten Tips for Surviving a Statics Exam
Index
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