Engineering Mechanics (2e) is designed to serve as a textbook for a single-semester undergraduate course on engineering mechanics. It provides a lucid introduction to both statics and dynamics.
Beginning with a review of vector algebra and Newton’s laws, the book goes on to cover concepts of statics, such as equilibrium of bodies, plane trusses, friction, and the method of virtual work, employing both the scalar and the vector approach. This is followed by an extensive discussion of topics in dynamics, including momentum, work and energy, rotational dynamics, and harmonic oscillators. A chapter on non-inertial frames completes the utility of this book as a first-level text on engineering mechanics.
Written in an easy-to-understand manner, the book includes a large number of solved examples which illustrate problem-solving methodology. A summary at the end of each chapter reviews the key concepts discussed in the chapter. An extensive set of end-of-chapter exercises, which include both long problems and objective-type questions, are supplemented by conceptual checkpoints interspersed throughout the text.
- Three comprehensive chapters on rotational dynamics which students usually find difficult to understand.
- High-quality 3D illustrations which give a real-world feel to the concepts discussed
- A comprehensive collection of solved examples to hone problem-solving skills
- Extensive end-of-chapter exercises that incorporate practical problems and multiple choice questions
- In-text conceptual checkpoints that test students’ understanding
- Review of Newton’s Laws of Motion and Vector Algebra
- Equilibrium of Bodies
- Plane Trusses
- Properties of Plane Surfaces
- Method of Virtual Work
- Motion of Particles
- Work and Energy in One Dimension
- Work and Energy in Three Dimensions
- Rotational Dynamics I: Dynamics of Rigid Bodies and Angular Momentum
- Rotational Dynamics II: Rotation About a Fixed Axis
- Rotational Dynamics III: General Three-Dimensional Rotation, Angular Velocity, and Angular Momentum
- Simple Harmonic Oscillator
- Motion in Non-inertial Frames
Appendix A Dimensional Analysis
Appendix B Some Standard Mathematical Formulae
Appendix C Solutions of Some Standard Linear Differential Equations of up to Second Order
Manoj K. Harbola is currently professor in the Department of Physics at IIT Kanpur. A PhD from City University of New York, he has over 12 years of experience teaching undergraduate as well as postgraduate students at IIT Kanpur. In all his years as a teacher, he has always been involved in a mechanics course either as an instructor or as a tutor. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award of IIT Kanpur in 2007. He has contributed over 85 papers to various national and international journals. He is a theoretical physicist whose chief interest lies in the study of electronic structure of atoms, molecules, and solids using density functional methods.