Arthur Boresi and Richard Schmidt’s new books on engineering mechanics represent a new standard for presentation of the concepts of statics and dynamics. Like all mechanics authors, Boresi and Schmidt strive to present the subject in a thorough and direct manner, with applications to real-world problems. However, they also realize that incorporation of effective learning aids can make understanding the material easier for many readers.
Boresi and Schmidt have developed Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics around the SQ3R learning methodology. They present the technical principles of mechanics within the framework of a learning methodology that enables readers to better grasp, understand, and retain the material.
The SQ3R method is a structured approach that directs the reader to develop a global view of the course material (one chapter at a time), to organize the material into manageable pieces, to read each piece for content and comprehension, and, finally, to review the material as a coherent whole. No other mechanics book available has these types of pedagogical devices built into each chapter!
This text presents an introductory engineering mechanics text that addresses the fundamental concepts of statics in a thorough and direct manner, with the fundamental principles being presented with real-world applications. It aim to unite a clear and thorough presentation of the theory of statics with a proven set of pedagogical tools, the SQ3R method, to help students learn the material in the most efficient manner possible. The careful presentation and pedagogy is accompanied by extensive photographs and illustrations.