Mechanics of Materials’ Textbook Published Online, Available for Free (Sept. 17, 2009) — Madhukar Vable, an associate professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics, has published all 500-plus pages of the second edition of “Mechanics of Materials” online, available for free.

Madhukar Vable“Mechanics of Materials” has a sample syllabus, lecture slides and sample exams, plus plenty of color photographs. It saves a lot of money, because technical books don’t come cheap.

In his “Mechanics of Materials in Action” modules, written with the lay reader in mind, he details the good, the bad and the ugly of engineering, from the Egyptian pyramids to the Titanic and Challenger tragedies.

Each module shows how the triumph or disaster centered around an understanding (or lack thereof) of the mechanics of materials.

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