The primary purpose of this website is to distribute "Free Access
Texts" - a form of "User Supported" course materials which are
software - for Engineering
Mechanics course. In addition, support
materials for the texts and courses will be included.
The texts use, and teach, a vector approach to problems in Statics
and Dynamics. In Statics, the use of calculus is expected, but not
mandatory if an instructor follows suggestions in the Teachers Guide.
Course material is NOT simplified, but
learning is made easier through a step-by-step instructional procedure.
Statics, Dynamics, and Mechanics of Materials
are courses focused on topics in physics used primarily in mechanical,
civil, aerospace, and related areas of engineering. In America, these
typically taken in the second year of university level programs leading
to accredited bachelors' degrees in engineering.
During the period from about 1964 through 1985
West Virginia University faculty developed and used "programmed
these engineering mechanics courses. The instructional materials and
the method in which they were used was very effective and popular with
most students. The primary problem involving the use of these texts was
the production and distribution of about 1500 pages for each course.
The recent growth in popularity of "electronic texts" makes it possible
to overcome this problem, and to distribute the texts at a very modest
cost. I have begun the process of creating etexts from the original
I plan to allow any individual to download the text without
Users will be encouraged to send a monetary gift for the support of the
project, as well as taking part in the project by supplying
quizzes or examinations, and suggestions.
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Currently this site includes access to samples
of the etext
for Statics supplied as .PDF files.
- A Programmed Introduction to Dynamics
- A Programmed Introduction to Mechanics of Materials
I expect the complete Statics text to be ready for general use by
Completion of the Dynamics text is projected for January 2011.
Instructors, or course coordinators, interested in potential
of these texts may contact me at Wallace.Venable@mail.wvu.edu
Website development initiated 24 March 2010 and site updated 6 May
© Copyright 2010 by Wallace Venable