EBOOK - Mechanics of Materials For Dummies (James H. Allen III)


No mechanics of materials book can possibly show you how to analyze every type of problem you may come across. Most mechanics of materials textbooks focus on complex derivations and variables that result in several relatively simple formulas without providing a whole lot of explanation along the way.
Mechanics of Materials For Dummiesgives you the basic rundown of the theory but focuses more on why you need to know the formulas and how to apply them rather than where exactly they came from. I intend this book to serve more as an application-oriented text that utilizes the basic theories. What exactly is a stress, and how do you relate it to the load-carrying capability of a material? How do you determine the capacity of a long, slender column? How do you compute the angle of twist of a shaft under torsion loads? All these topics (and many, many more) are common application problems in engineering, and they provide a basis for the core of discussion covered in this text.
Tip: For even more background on the topics in this book, check out my Statics For Dummies(Wiley); it can help you refresh the statics vital to mechanics of materials.

Introduction
Part I: Setting the Stage for Mechanics of Materials
Chapter 1: Predicting Behavior with Mechanics of Materials .
Chapter 2: Reviewing Mathematics and Units Used in Mechanics of Materials
Chapter 3: Brushing Up on Statics Basics
Chapter 4: Calculating Properties of Geometric Areas
Chapter 5: Computing Moments of Area and Other Inertia Calculations .
Part II: Analyzing Stress

Chapter 6: Remain Calm, It’s Only Stress!..
Chapter 7: More than Meets the Eye: Transforming Stresses
Chapter 8: Lining Up Stress Along Axial Axes
Chapter 9: Bending Stress Is Only Normal: Analyzing Bending Members
Chapter 10: Shear Madness: Surveying Shear Stress
Chapter 11: Twisting the Night Away with Torsion .
Part III: Investigating Strain .
Chapter 12: Don’t Strain Yourself: Exploring Strain and Deformation
Chapter 13: Applying Transformation Concepts to Strain
Chapter 14: Correlating Stresses and Strains to Understand Deformation
Part IV: Applying Stress and Strain
Chapter 15: Calculating Combined Stresses.
Chapter 16: When Push Comes to Shove: Dealing with Deformations
Chapter 17: Showing Determination When Dealing with Indeterminate Structures
Chapter 18: Buckling Up for Compression Members .
Chapter 19: Designing for Required Section Properties
Chapter 20: Introducing Energy Methods
Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 21: Ten Mechanics of Materials Pitfalls to Avoid
Chapter 22: Ten Tips to Solving Mechanics of Materials Problems

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