A new chapter on Kinematics has been included in this edition. Numerous problems have been included along with its solutions for the beginners to understand the concept better.
The companion CD has been updated and the dynamic graphics part has been included for forces module, wherein the readers can have a feel of the force and its inclination through visualized graphics part.
In addition to this, all other software modules are also updated for better usage. We whole-heartedly thank all the faculty members and students who have suggested corrections, some of which have been incorporated in the third edition.
We are also indebted to the wonderful team of PHI Learning which worked for the printing and marketing of this book.
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION:
The purpose of this book is to focus on introductory material pertaining to civil engineering and engineering mechanics in order to provide the first-year students of all branches with a balanced and cohesive study of these two areas as needed by them in the beginning of their engineering education.
It offers the basic knowledge about various facets of civil engineering (being the oldest branch of engineering) and the related engineering structures and infrastructure such as buildings, roads, highways, dams, and bridges which exist all around us.
It also briefly explains the broad scope of allied fields of civil engineering such as surveying, transportation, water resources, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering and construction technology.
The engineering mechanics portion of the book has been thoroughly explained with many practical examples and an effort has been made to make the students learn the basic concepts, which will prove useful to them in their future endeavours of higher studies.
The topics in engineering mechanics are organized into Forces, Centroid, Moment of Inertia and Friction. Each chapter is written in such a way that the concepts are introduced to the reader gradually and stepwise.
Each chapter consists of many worked-out problems so that several different types of problems get covered. This book has also been provided with a CD wherein mini softwares are available to work out the problems on topics of Forces, Centroid, Moment of Inertia and Friction.
The software is developed using MS Excel. The provision of such software overcomes restrictions on the number of problems available and this helps both the students and the faculty in several ways. The faculty can develop new types of problems with guaranteed and reliable solutions, thus helping them to set new type of questions for tests and examinations.
At the same time the perusal of software helps the students to understand the fundamentals of the subject in a relatively easy manner. This book has been written in a simple and easy-to-follow language. It uses step-by-step procedures to solve problems along with adequate theory as required by the first-year engineering students.
Though especially designed to conform to the syllabus of Visvesaraya Technological University (VTU), it is a basic undergraduate textbook that will be useful to several other universities. The authors invite constructive criticism and suggestions from all readers for effecting improvements in subsequent editions.
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