11R25. Intermediate Mechanics of Materials. - JR Barber (Dept of Mech Eng and Appl Mech, Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI). McGraw-Hill, New York. 2000. 594 pp. ISBN 0-07-232519-4. $102.95.
Reviewed by A Cardou (Dept of Mech Eng, Laval Univ, Quebec PQ, G1K 7P4, Canada).
As the title indicates, the present book is designed for those students who have already taken an introductory course in the mechanics (or strength) of materials. Thus, it covers material presented typically, in many undergraduate engineering curricula, in an elective course.
A number of excellent textbooks are already available for such courses and are usually titled “Advanced Mechanics of Materials” or “Advanced Strength of Materials,” not to mention those dealing mainly with structures, or even aircraft structures, which, in fact, cover more or less the same material.
Barber’s book is original in the sense that the subject matter is presented in a design perspective, even...