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Lehrbuch der Mechanik in elementarer Darstellung mit Uebungen und Anwendungen auf Maschinen und Bau-Constructionen Lehrbuch der physikalischen Mechanik An Elementary Course of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

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WERNICKE'S work is intended for pupils in the Prussian industrial schools (Gewerbeschulen). The first volume treats of Statics and Dynamics, leaving Hydromechanics for the second. According to the preface, students reading this work should be acquainted with elementary mathematics, including co-ordinate geometry, while a knowledge of the differential calculus is not required. From an English point of view, it is not desirable to draw the line between co-ordinate geometry and the calculus. Even in our universities, not twenty, percent of the students are acquainted with co-ordinate geometry. It is to be regretted that the proportion is so small; that it is so, is due to the present preposterous system of classical education, that relic of the middle ages which is the bane of our schoolboy days. Almost all English students, however, who learn co-ordinate geometry, generally study both the differential and integral I calculus before commencing mechanics. Now intelligent pupils like a text-book of mechanics in which they find scope for exercising all their mathematical knowledge; hence it would appear that for English purposes the line is drawn either too high or too low.

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