Strength of Materials

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THERE appears to be a large demand in the United States for good engineering text-books of a theoretical type but of rather elementary standard. According to the preface, the present work is intended “… for use in undergraduate courses in Mechanics …” and it might serve as a useful introduction to the subject in the junior classes of engineering schools in Great Britain. The ground covered is not extensive, being confined to a discussion of the more ordinary problems in the theory of beams, shafts, and columns. Combined stresses are only dealt with in a few very simple cases, and the amount of elastic theory given is decidedly meagre, even for an introductory work. A large number of practical examples to be worked by the student are distributed throughout the work, appearing at the end of almost every article. The book is, however, carefully written, and the various figures throughout the text have been admirably reproduced. The treatment of the subject matter follows orthodox lines, and two chapters in the later part of the book are devoted to special methods of solving problems on the deflexion of beams.

Strength of Materials.


Alfred P.


By. Pp. xi + 313. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co. Inc.; London: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., Ltd., 1925.) 15s. net.

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