Introduction to Statics (.PDF Edition)
Helen Margaret Lester Plants - Late Professor Emerita
Wallace Starr Venable - Emeritus Associate Professor
West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
© Copyright 2010 by Wallace Venable
Introduction to Statics is a semester-length
textbook for a university level course. It consists of 31 study units
plus the Notebook. In a 3-day per week setting, each unit is
essentially a homework assignment. We required students to study the
outside of class, then take a quiz at the beginning of a class session.
A small sample collection of these quizzes is accessible on the
Resources for Instructors page.
The Notebook is designed to
provide easy access to a summary for review or later reference.
The text uses, and teaches, a vector approach to statics problems. The
materials on properties of areas, mass center, and mass moment of
inertia help the student use calculus, when necessary, as well as
covering tabular solution for combined areas and composite bodies.
Although it should not ever be necessary for an experienced mechanics
teacher to say this, the units emphasize the use of free body diagrams.
Course material is NOT simplified, but
learning is made easier through a step-by-step instructional procedure.
A printed version of the text was used at West Virginia University for
many years. The book was also available commercially through West
Publishing for about a decade, and was used in other schools.
The book, in its revised form, is available for free download as .PDF
files via the link below.