Book Description
The fast and easy way to ace your statics course
Does the study of statics stress you out? Does just the thought of mechanics make you rigid? Thanks to this book, you can find balance in the study of this oftenintimidating subject and ace even the most challenging universitylevel courses.
Statics For Dummies gives you easytofollow, plainEnglish explanations for everything you need to grasp the study of statics. You'll get a thorough introduction to this foundational branch of engineering and easytofollow coverage of solving problems involving forces on bodies at rest; vector algebra; force systems; equivalent force systems; distributed forces; internal forces; principles of equilibrium; applications to trusses, frames, and beams; and friction.
Offers a comprehensible introduction to statics
Covers all the major topics you'll encounter in universitylevel courses
PlainEnglish guidance help you grasp even the most confusing concepts
If you're currently enrolled in a statics course and looking for a friendlier way to get a handle on the subject, Statics For Dummies has you covered.
Table of Contents
 Copyright
 About the Author
 Author's Acknowledgments
 Publisher's Acknowledgments

Introduction
 About This Book
 Conventions Used in This Book
 What You're Not to Read
 Foolish Assumptions

How This Book Is Organized
 Part I: Setting the Stage for Statics
 Part II: Your Statics Foundation: Vector Basics
 Part III: Forces and Moments as Vectors
 Part IV: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words (Or At Least a Few Equations): FreeBody Diagrams
 Part V: A Question of Balance: Equilibrium
 Part VI: Statics in Action
 Part VII: The Part of Tens
 Icons Used in This Book
 Where to Go from Here

I. Setting the Stage for Statics
 1. Using Statics to Describe the World around You

2. A Quick Mathematics Refresher
 2.1. Keeping Things Accurate and Determining What's Significant
 2.2. Nomenclature with Little Superscripts: Using Scientific and Exponential Notation
 2.3. Recalling Some Basic Algebra
 2.4. Getting into Shapes with Basic Geometry and Trigonometry
 2.5. Brushing Up on Basic Calculus
 3. Working with Unit Systems and Constants

II. Your Statics Foundation: Vector Basics
 4. Viewing the World through Vectors
 5. Using Vectors to Better Define Direction
 6. Vector Mathematics and Identities
 7. Turning Multiple Vectors into a Single Vector Resultant
 8. Breaking Down a Vector into Components

III. Forces and Moments as Vectors
 9. Applying Concentrated Forces and External Point Loads
 10. Spreading It Out: Understanding Distributed Loads

11. Finding the Centers of Objects and Regions
 11.1. Defining Location for Distributed Loads
 11.2. Getting to the Center of Centroids
 11.3. Understanding Centers of Mass and Gravity

12. Special Occasions in the Life of a Force Vector: Moments and Couples
 12.1. I Need a Moment: Exploring Rotation and Moments of Force
 12.2. Calculating a Moment with Scalar Data
 12.3. Calculating a Moment by Using Vector Information
 12.4. Using DoubleHeaded Arrows to Find Moment Resultants and Components
 12.5. Relocating a Force by Using a Moment: Equivalent Force Couples

IV. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words (Or At Least a Few Equations): FreeBody Diagrams

13. Anatomy of a FreeBody Diagram
 13.1. FreeBody Diagrams in a Nutshell
 13.2. Displaying External Forces
 13.3. Axial Loads and Beyond: Depicting Internal Forces
 13.4. Restricting Movements with Support Reactions
 13.5. Weighing In with Self Weight
 14. The F.B.D.: Knowing What to Draw and How to Draw It
 15. Simplifying a FreeBody Diagram

13. Anatomy of a FreeBody Diagram

V. A Question of Balance: Equilibrium
 16. Mr. Newton Has Entered the Building: The Basics of Equilibrium
 17. Taking a Closer Look at TwoDimensional Equilibrium: Scalar Methods
 18. Getting Better Acquainted with ThreeDimensional Equilibrium: Vector Methods

VI. Statics in Action
 19. Working with Trusses

20. Analyzing Beams and Bending Members
 20.1. Defining the Internal Bending Forces
 20.2. Calculating Internal Loads at a Point
 20.3. Writing Generalized Equations for Internal Forces
 20.4. Creating Shear and Moment Diagrams by Area Calculations
 21. Working with Frames and Machines
 22. A Different Kind of Axial System: Cable Systems

23. Those Darn Dam Problems: Submerged Surfaces
 23.1. Feeling the Pressure: Understanding Fluid Pressure
 23.2. Making Calculations under (Fluid) Pressure
 23.3. Figuring Partial Pressures on Openings and Gates
 24. Incorporating Friction into Your Applications

VII. The Part of Tens

25. Ten Steps to Solving Any Statics Problem
 25.1. Sketches Come First
 25.2. Determine the Supports
 25.3. Don't Forget the Applied Loads and Self Weight
 25.4. Calculate As Many Unknown Support Reactions As You Can
 25.5. Guess It's a Frame or Machine
 25.6. Get Out the Dynamite: Separating Pieces from the Problem for Internal Analysis
 25.7. Assume Directions of Internal Forces
 25.8. Be Consistent with Your Assumptions
 25.9. Guess That Three (or Six) Equilibrium Equations Are Necessary
 25.10. If Friction Is Involved, Guess That the Object Slides

26. Ten Tips for Surviving a Statics Exam
 26.1. Find Problems You Know How to Solve
 26.2. State Your Assumptions
 26.3. Relax and Remember Your Basic Steps
 26.4. Identify Your Origin and Coordinate System
 26.5. Remember Your Vectors
 26.6. Write Your Equilibrium Equations
 26.7. Stuck? Draw More FreeBody Diagrams
 26.8. Draw Your Shear and Moment Diagrams Correctly
 26.9. Assess Your Answers
 26.10. Acknowledge Mistakes and Don't Erase

25. Ten Steps to Solving Any Statics Problem
Product Information
 Title: Statics For Dummies
 Author(s):
 Release date: September 2010
 Publisher(s): For Dummies
 ISBN: 9780470598948