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Could be better
on 15 October 2011
The layout of this book has changed substantially from earlier editions. Vectors used to be the second chapter: they have now been moved to the end of the book. Although I understand the rationale, vectors are quite a difficult topic, an understanding of them is essential for the topics of statics and dynamics. Possibly, splitting the vectors chapter into two, one near the start and one at the end, would be better. I do not understand why dynamics is now taught before statics; dynamics is the more difficult of the two topics.
Finally, it is obvious that the book has been written by more than one author. In the statics chapter forces are split into two components, Fcos' and Fsin', whereas in the dynamics chapter the components are sometimes Fcos' and Fcos(90-'). Although both approaches are acceptable (and I prefer the first, which is more commonly used), such inconsistencies are likely to cause confusion.
This edition is not an improvement on earlier editions. If you are studying this subject on your own, you might like to save money by getting hold of an earlier edition.