Mechanics

June 8, 2017 | Updated: April 10, 2019
Author: Ben Crowell, Fullerton College

This is a calculus-based book meant for the first semester of a first year survey course taken by engineering and physical science majors. It has a traditional order of topics whereby force is discussed before energy. It is divided into 17 chapters that cover a review of high school physics, scaling and estimation, vectors, velocity, acceleration, forces, circular motion, gravity, conservation of energy, work, conservation of momentum and angular momentum, vibrations, and resonance. A treatment of relativity is interspersed with the Newtonian mechanics, in optional sections.

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Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

This is a very complete text about the principals of Mechanics. I found it very interesting and a good read.

The author covers many aspects of mechanics from Scaling and Estimation, Motion in One Dimension, Acceleration and Free Fall, Force and Motion. Motion in Three Dimensions, Conservation Laws, and vibrations and Resonance.

The math is well explained with good examples and problems at the end of each section. Answers are also provided at the end of the text and internet references are provided.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

The author provided historical references through out the text to provide examples of thinking in the past and how these ideas have changed over time with more complete testing programs.

Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

The arrangement of the chapters should allow revisions at any time.

Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

With my back ground in aviation sciences I have enjoyed reading the subject matter. Th organization of the material flows smoothly from on subject to the next. There is a logical flow the material.

Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

The references to technologies of other scientists uses their language and allows the reader better understanding of the material.

Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

The arrangement of the text could allow the reader to exert sections without loosing the main information point.

Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

The material is laid out in a manor that allows the reader to proceed understanding what has been presented and looking foreword to the nest section.

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

The illustrations are placed at or near the subject matter, therefore one has the text and illustration at hand.

Interface Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

Not that I have seen

Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

This is a text about science and physics, therefore there is no reference about these subjects

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

I have enjoyed reading this book and would like read more like it.

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