The main objective of a basic mechanics course should be to develop
in the engineering student the ability to analyze a given problem in
a simple and logical manner and to apply to its solution a few fundamental and well-understood principles. This text is designed for
the first course in mechanics of materials—or strength of materials—
offered to engineering students in the sophomore or junior year. The
authors hope that it will help instructors achieve this goal in that
particular course in the same way that their other texts may have
helped them in statics and dynamics.