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    Essential Mechanics - Statics and Strength of Materials with MATLAB and Octave

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    P. Venkataraman, Rochester Institute of Technology (Retired)

    Copyright Year: 2020

    Last Update: 2023

    ISBN 13: 9780988881129

    Publisher: RIT Scholar Works

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Michael Pastor, Assistant Professor, Tidewater Community College on 1/19/24

    This text has a comprehensive table of contents. However, no glossary of terms or index is present. I also had trouble finding reference tables or charts detailing properties of common geometries. There are example problems with solutions... read more

    Table of Contents

    1. Preliminaries
    2. Helpful Concepts
    3. Why Designs Fail?
    4. Particles and Equilibrium
    5. Rigid Body
    6. Truss
    7. Beams and Bending
    8. Torsion in Shafts
    9. Buckling

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    About the Book

    Essential Mechanics - Statics and Strength of Materials with MATLAB and Octave combines two core engineering science courses -  “Statics” and “Strength of Materials”  - in mechanical, civil, and aerospace engineering. It weaves together various essential topics from Statics and Strength of Materials to allow discussing structural design from the very beginning. The traditional content of these courses are reordered to make it convenient to cover rigid body equilibrium and extend it to deformable body mechanics.The e-book covers the most useful topics from both courses with computational support through MATLAB/Octave.  The traditional approach for engineering content is emphasized and is rigorously supported through graphics and analysis.  Prior knowledge of MATLAB is not necessary. Instructions for its use in context is provided and explained. It takes advantage of the numerical, symbolic, and graphical capability of MATLAB for effective problem solving. This computational ability provides a natural procedure for What if? exploration that is important for design. The book also emphasizes graphics to understand, learn, and explore design. The idea for this book, the organization, and the flow of content is original and new. The integration of computation, and the marriage of analytical and computational skills is a new valuable experience provided by this e-book. Most importantly the book is very interactive with respect to the code as it appears along with the analysis.

    About the Contributors


    P. Venkataraman graduated from I.I.T. Kanpur in 1974 with a B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering.

    He worked in Helicopter Design at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Bangalore between 1974 and 1979.

    He graduated from Rice University with a PhD from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science in 1984.

    He was a faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology from 1983 to 2019.

    Currently he is a retired academic with interests in publishing textbooks, creating mathematics inspired digital design, learning Carnatic music, gardening, and experimenting with vegetarian cuisine.

    His other books can be accessed at:

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