Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics and Dynamics






Continuing in the spirit of its successful previous editions, the ninth edition of Beer, Johnston, Mazurek, and Cornwell’s Vector Mechanics for Engineers provides conceptually accurate and thorough coverage together with a significant refreshment of the exercise sets and online delivery of homework problems to your students. Nearly forty percent of the problems in the text are changed from the previous edition.                                                                                                                      The Beer/Johnston textbooks introduced significant pedagogical innovations into engineering mechanics teaching. The consistent, accurate problem-solving methodology gives your students the best opportunity to learn statics and dynamics. At the same time, the careful presentation of content, unmatched levels of accuracy, and attention to detail have made these texts the standard for excellence.


James M. Gere (1925-2008) earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he worked as instructor and Research Associate. He was awarded one of the first NSF Fellowships and studied at Stanford, where he earned his Ph.D. He joined the faculty in Civil Engineering, beginning a 34-year career of engaging his students in mechanics, structural and earthquake engineering. He served as Department Chair and Associate Dean of Engineering and co-founded the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford. Dr. Gere also founded the Stanford Committee on Earthquake Preparedness. He was one of the first foreigners invited to study the earthquake-devastated city of Tangshan, China. Dr. Gere retired in 1988 but continued to be an active, valuable member of the Stanford community. Dr. Gere was known for his cheerful personality, athleticism, and skill as an educator. He authored nine texts on engineering subjects starting with Mechanics of Materials, a text that was inspired by his teacher and mentor Stephan P. Timoshenko. His other well-known textbooks, used in engineering courses around the world, include: Theory of Elastic Stability, co-authored with S. Timoshenko; Matrix Analysis of Framed Structures and Matrix Algebra for Engineers, both co-authored with W. Weaver; Moment Distribution; Earthquake Tables: Structural and Construction Design Manual, co-authored with H. Krawinkler; and Terra Non Firma: Understanding and Preparing for Earthquakes, co-authored with H. Shah. In 1986 he hiked to the base camp of Mount Everest, saving the life of a companion on the trip. An avid runner, Dr. Gere completed the Boston Marathon at age 48 in a time of 3:13. Dr. Gere is remembered as a considerate and loving man whose upbeat humor always made aspects of daily life and work easier.


  • Overall It was a useful book. Chapters 1-3 were too wordy for my taste, and really suffered from poor organization. There is a lot of referencing figures not on the page throughout the book, however once you get into the meat of the book (chapter 5+) it really streamlines and becomes a valuable study aid.
  • It’s worth it to by the soft cover for this class, its not missing any material and will save you some good bucks.
  • The text by Gere and Goodno is a current version of the study of Strength of Materials, that element of Statics and Structures which considers the effects of loads on structures and ascertaining the maximum carrying capacity.

    There are three main elements in understanding the subject:
    1. Understanding the basic elements of statics; namely i. the sum of forces and moments equal zero, ii. stress is a force per unit area, iii. strain is a multiple of stress unless it is no longer so.
    2. Applying geometry and trigonometry to static systems. This means having a good grasp of angles and distances so as best to allocate loads.
    3. Paying attention to units. There is often a plethora of mixed units from lbs, N, kg, g, Pa, etc thus must be equated and often lead to either over or under stating the results.
    That is it. There frankly is not much more. Like books covering this material for well over a hundred years this text does so as well. The coverage includes:
    1. Stress and strain principles.
    2. Applications to beams and cylinders. This is where getting the geometry correct starts to become important.
    3. Bending of beams. This is the classic analysis of beams and determining maximum stress and seeing if one’s design is well within limits.
    4. Columns and similar structures.
    5. Indeterminate structures, the ones where there are an excess of givens.
    6. Collapse and breakage.