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Statics: A Lecturebook is a hybrid textbook/lecture notes set is designed to provide you with an undergraduate-level, engineering-focused introduction to the topic of engineering statics. To this end, the text covers the following key topical areas::
• Vector fundamentals: including basic de nitions of vector operations; the writing of vectors in terms of unit vectors and magnitudes; and, extending the basic vector operation de nitions to practical implementation with Cartesian components.
• Equilibrium: including drawing free body diagrams; mathematical descriptions of reaction supports; solving problems of equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, in both two and three dimensions.
• Equivalent force/couple systems: including writing general force systems in terms of their equivalent force/couple systems, and in terms of single-force equivalents; single-force equivalents of weight forces (centers of mass and centroids); single-force equivalents of distributed line loads; and, single-force equivalents of hydrostatic forces.
• Friction: including a review of Coulomb's laws of friction; solving equilibrium problems in statics; problems involving slipping vs. tipping; friction in cable/pulley systems; and, friction in systems with wedges.
• Internal force analysis: including the equilibrium solutions of problems involving truss and frame structures, and machines.
• Internal force/couple resultants: including studies of internal resultants in general systems; and, specifcally, the internal shear force and bending moment resultants in beams.
• Stress analysis: including stress analysis of axially-loaded structural members, shaft systems with axial torque loads and exure stresses in transversely-loaded beams.
Stylistically speaking, the text provides you with pertinent background information, while emphasizing fundamental engineering principles, conceptual understanding, and optimal problem solving techniques. The Lecturebook also incorporates an extensive array of practical examples with which you can hone your skills. Rest assured that the material included herein will be key to your future success as a practicing engineer.
Structurally speaking, the text is founded upon the aforementioned hybrid textbook/lecture note format wherein most of factual information is provided in full, while brief in presentation, and extended examples are provided with ample white space, allowing you to actively work the problem with the instructor's assistance inside of a lecture environment, or outside of the lecture environment on your own or with the assistance of online videos.
Statics: A Lecturebook is backed by a wide array of multimedia content, designed speci cally for self-paced factual delivery, and ultimately self-learning. The cornerstone of this multimedia content is the set of hundreds of instructor-produced videos, which highlight, in a step-by-step fashion, the problem-solving approaches required for all of the Lecturebook's examples, and the related homework problem sets. Continually updated to leverage the most advanced educational recording methodologies, this content has been proven to be both a favorite with our own students and a very effective asymmetric learning tool. Be sure to leverage these resources as you advance through the course.