- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (9 April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486435946
- ISBN-13: 978-0486435947
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.1 x 21.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Continuum Mechanics (Dover Books on Physics) Paperback – 9 Apr 2004
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For example, this book is superior to Chadwick's, which tries to be concise and instead ends up burying the reader in formalism rather than concrete understanding.
That said, some parts of the book have some holes in their derivations but that's no barrier as you can readily derive the steps in between on your own with what is provided. The exercises are not optional in this book, you need to carry them out to understand the material and in some cases, in order to obtain a result you will use to apply the material.
At a leisurely rate, it should take you about a month to get through everything but the last two chapters of the book, the last two which need a month on their own. Be prepared to take down notes summarising each of the physical quantities and tensor rules as you learn them, it will help so you don't have to keep going back and forth in the book.
Most books/courses/projects that deal with continuum mechanics don't seem to take the time to really explain it. I can attest that it is possible to get by without a full understanding, but it is many times easier once you have these concepts down solidly. That is what this book did for me.
I bought it becuase I was taking a class that used continuum theory at some points and I had no background. Since it is a small book, I read some parts of it in a blink and ended up with the main notions.
Finally: it is cheap, it is really a good investment, you're going to get more of it than what you spend.