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The textbook covers the fundamental concepts of statics including, force and vector analysis, equilibrium, internal reactions, and geometrical properties. The textbook also includes required steel section tables and a review of trigonometry... read more
The textbook covers the fundamental concepts of statics including, force and vector analysis, equilibrium, internal reactions, and geometrical properties. The textbook also includes required steel section tables and a review of trigonometry principles. I would suggest this textbook in combination with a textbook on basics of mechanics and material properties to students who seek learning about basic concepts of engineering design.
To the best of my understanding the content of the textbook and the interactive exercises look accurate, unbiased, and thorough.
The textbook contains basic principles of statics which are not expected to be changed unless a groundbreaking theory in physics emerges in the future! The text itself is arranged in a way that can easily be edited and extended. I appreciate the efforts that the author has made to create and embed the interactive diagrams and exercises within the textbook instead of inserting the link of available items across different references. This will maintain the configuration of the textbook in the long term.
The text is written in a friendly tone and even students’ presumptions and concerns are early discussed in first chapters. Technical terms are well explained for those who may not have any background in engineering. In the future, the author may include relevant videos to the textbook as well to enhance the clarity of the materials and better engage audio-visual learners.
The text and even visuals are consistent in terms of terminology, format, and graphics. All figures are numbered and mentioned within the text.
The textbook is appropriately organized in 10 chapters. Each chapter is explained in multiple subsections that allow readers focusing on small chunks of learning materials. The text includes occasional references to other subsections for further information but such self-references do not look disruptive.
Both online and PDF version of the book are presented in a fine, clear and logical fashion. The online version allows easy navigation between different sections and subsections. The PDF version is also clearly formatted. It is helpful that each chapter begins with a series of key questions and ends with a number of exercises.
I reviewed the online version both on a computer and smartphone. The interface looks fine on a computer but on a smartphone some of the interactive diagrams cannot be displayed. However, I think students may rarely use a smartphone as a primary means of accessing the textbook.
The textbook looks well proofed.
The textbook is focused on math and physics and doesn’t discuss culturally sensitive topics. Examples intrinsically do not have the capacity to demonstrate diversity and inclusion matters.
The topics covered in a typical college Engineering Statics course are present. The chapters follow a common Statics textbook pattern of concepts, starting with forces and particles and ending with friction and moments of inertia. Chapter 6... read more
The topics covered in a typical college Engineering Statics course are present. The chapters follow a common Statics textbook pattern of concepts, starting with forces and particles and ending with friction and moments of inertia. Chapter 6 includes the method of cuts and the method of joints. The only thing that many commercial Statics textbooks have compared to this book is an extensive number of problems at the end of each chapter (the fiction chapter, in particular, had few practice problems) and more reference material at the end of the book such as the centroid of common shapes. What this book has that those commercial books lack are interactive problems.
To the best of my knowledge, the content in the book is accurate. The interactive problems I attempted showed the same auto-generated answer as I recorded using pencil and paper. The equations seem accurate throughout. The reference material at the end of the book which contains things like trig identities and properties of steel sections seems accurate.
The fundamentals of Engineering Statics, like introductory Physics and Chemistry, have not changed in a decade. So the content in the book is relevant to a current Statics course and will be relevant to future Statics classes. The only reason the book could become dated is that the interactive animations and interactive problems are no longer supported by new web browsers or new web browsing tools that I can’t even imagine will be in place in 10 years. The book has a pdf version that can be printed.
The clarity of the writing is high, the font and spacing are easy to read. The book is written in a formal academic style which is clear but can seem terse. The diagrams in the book are easy to read and use a common style to show forces, angles, and geometry.
The book is consistent from chapter to chapter and the formatting is consistent from chapter to chapter. The book has a clear numbering system for chapters, sections, and subsections. Each of the diagrams and pictures in the book follows the same captioning format. Equations in the book are formatted consistently and labeled in the same way. Each section within a chapter in the book contains a set of “key questions” that section addresses.
The book is broken up into chapters and each chapter is broken down into sections. A typical quarter or semester-long Statics course would cover almost all of the book. It would be possible to only cover a few chapters. These chapters would need to start at the beginning of the book. It wouldn’t make sense to try and pull out just the middle or end chapters as the material in the book builds up chapter to chapter. One way the book could be used is to just assign the interactive problems for practice.
This book is organized and follows a clear structure. Each chapter starts with a chapter description and a list of sections. Each section starts with “Key Questions” and then proceeds with the section content. There are interactive problems at the end of each chapter.
The online book interface is easy to navigate. Each chapter and section is clickable and it is easy to determine which part of the book you are reading. The sections load quickly and the images, diagrams, and interactive problems load without issue. In particular, the interactive problems are pretty slick. The only reason I don’t rate the interface as a 5 is that there is no search function. I don’t know how hard it would be to add a search bar to the online version of the book, but I do think a search function would be helpful. On my device, the book only took up the left half of my screen. This may be related to the browser/device I use, but in my reading, it seems like half of the screen real estate is wasted and a lot of scrolling is needed.
No grammatical or structural errors were found. The book seems to be free of typos and seems well-proofed. There also don’t seem to be any formatting inconsistencies chapter to chapter or section to section.
From what I read, I didn't notice any insensitive or offensive passages in the book. However, the lens of diversity and cultural relevance is not addressed in this book. Some of the pictures in the book depicting statics topics cover common “male-dominated” examples such as motorcycles, and football training sleds.
This is a well-written, high-quality, and organized book. It is a great resource for both instructors and students in undergraduate courses in Engineering Statics. For our needs, at a community college with a 2-year program in Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering, this book is a good alternative to commercial offerings from Pearson or McGraw-Hill. It’s a high-quality and interesting book with fantastic interactive problems. The only knock against it is that there could be more worked examples and problems at the end of each chapter for student practice.
Table of Contents
- 1 Introduction to Statics
- 2 Forces and Other Vectors
- 3 Equilibrium of Particles
- 4 Moments and Static Equivalence
- 5 Rigid Body Equilibrium
- 6 Equilibrium of Structures
- 7 Centroids and Centers of Gravity
- 8 Internal Loadings
- 9 Friction
- 10 Moments of Inertia
About the Book
Engineering Statics is a free, open-source textbook appropriate for anyone who wishes to learn more about vectors, forces, moments, static equilibrium, and the properties of shapes. Specifically, it has been written to be the textbook for Engineering Mechanics: Statics, the first course in the Engineering Mechanics series offered in most university-level engineering programs.
This book’s content should prepare you for subsequent classes covering Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics and Mechanics of Materials. At its core, Engineering Statics provides the tools to solve static equilibrium problems for rigid bodies. The additional topics of resolving internal loads in rigid bodies and computing area moments of inertia are also included as stepping stones for later courses. We have endeavored to write in an approachable style and provide many questions, examples, and interactives for you to engage with and learn from.
About the Contributors
Daniel W. Baker, Colorado State University
William Haynes, Massachusetts Maritime Academy