Statics and Mechanics of Materials: An Example-Based Approach
Statics and Mechanics of Materials: An Example-Based Approach

Statics and Mechanics of Materials: An Example-Based Approach

Lead Author(s): Matthew Michael Barry, PhD, Samantha Wismer

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Statics and Mechanics of Materials: An Example-based Approach is an introductory-level engineering textbook focusing on static structures and mechanics of materials. The contents of this interactive text include: Force systems, moments, couples and conditions for equilibrium in two- and three-dimensions; The calculation of the center of gravity, mass, volume and area; The analysis of frames, trusses and machines; Analysis of deformable bodies under axial and torsional loading considering thermal effects and static indeterminacy. The text combines an example-based approach with embedded questions to create a concept-example-question format to fortify the understanding of concepts while simultaneously building confidence. The 66 in-text examples prepare the students to answer the 195 embedded questions. Each chapter has an accompanying homework section which follows an introductory-intermediate-challenge format for each subsection within the chapter, totaling 382 problems. This tiered-system allows students to build their proficiency with the material through easier problems of lower point value, before moving to the more difficult, higher point value problems. Emphasis is placed on using MATLAB to solve various types equations and systems of equations. Suggested design projects that can be executed in a Makerspace or using computer-aided design and analysis software are provided.

     Statics and Mechanics of Materials:

            An Example-based Approach

First Edition


Matthew M. Barry, Ph.D., and Samantha E. Wismer

University of Pittsburgh

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department


Matthew M. Barry, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Matthew earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a B.A. in History and Nuclear Engineering Certificate, from the University of Pittsburgh. Matthew has over six years of teaching experience at multiple universities, focusing on mechanical design, heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and fluid power systems, numerical methods, computational fluid dynamics and electrical circuits. Matthew also has diverse industry and national lab experience, working in the power generation industry, with the Army Corps of Engineers and at the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory. Matthew's areas of research are on space power generation systems, terrestrial waste heat recovery systems, as well as engineering education.

Samantha E. Wismer is an Undergraduate Student Researcher and Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Samantha's research interests are focused on engineering education, primarily the use of Makerspaces on student learning. Samantha is a UTA for  ENGR 0135, and is a tutor in the Study Lab for Phys 0174, Chem 0960, and Chem 0970. Samantha has also served as an engineering intern for Wabtec Corporation and PHB, Incorporated.