As a young professor at UCLA, Peter Likins developed an unconventional approach to undergraduate Mechanics, replacing the standard three courses (Statics, Strength of Materials, Dynamics) with an integrated treatment based on fundamental principles applicable to all idealized materials (particles, rigid bodies, deformable bodies).  Rather than proceed through linear, planar and three-dimensional motion, he began with three dimensional kinematics so general motion was immediately accessible.  The entire subject rested on first principles, a way of thinking not  limited to mechanics ELEMENTS OF ENGINEERING MECHANICS (McGraw-Hill, 1973) embodies his approach.
Advanced texts co-authored with colleagues

Engineering Textbooks

1983 (Tom Kane was my Stanford professor) 1972 (Bob Roberson was a senior faculty colleague at UCLA)

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