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    1. Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics (10th Edition)
    by Russell C. Hibbeler
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    Asin: 0131416782
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-11)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 93321
    Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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    Offers a concise and thorough presentation of engineering mechanics theory and application. The material is reinforced with numerous examples to illustrate principles and imaginative, well-illustrated problems of varying degrees of difficulty. The book is committed to developing users' problem-solving skills. Features new "Photorealistc" figures (approximately 200) that have been rendered in often 3D photo quality detail to appeal to visual learners. Features a large variety of problem types from a broad range of engineering disciplines, stressing practical, realistic situations encountered in professional practice, varying levels of difficulty, and problems that involve solution by computer.A thorough presentation of engineering mechanics theory and applications includes some of these topics: Kinematics of a Particle; Kinetics of a Particle: Force and Acceleration; Kinetics of a Particle: Work and Energy; Kinetics of a Particle: Impulse and Momentum; Planar Kinematics of a Rigid Body; Planar Kinetics of a Rigid Body: Force and Acceleration; Planar Kinetics of a Rigid Body: Work and Energy; Planar Kinetics of a Rigid Body: Impulse and Momentum; Three-Dimensional Kinematics of a Rigid Body; Three-Dimensional Kinetics of a Rigid Body; and Vibrations.For professionals in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aeronautical engineering, and engineering mechanics careers. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Engineering Mechanics - Dynamic
    I agreed with the previous response because the book is exactly the same as the 9th edition. The contents is the same as the 9th edition and the problem sets are 80% of whats in the 9th edition. The book is a rip off and it also contains ALL the same errors as it did in the past

    3-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced
    This textbook has good problems and very nice looking drawings, but thats about it. The book is a new edition for absolutely no reason, only the problems are different. Prentice Hall is an extortionist company. ... Read more


    2. Manufacturing Engineering and Technology (4th Edition)
    by Serope Kalpakjian, Steven R. Schmid
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    Asin: 0201361310
    Catlog: Book (2000-06-15)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 88853
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A must for the student of manufacturing
    I like this book and think it should be in the hands of every manufacturing engineer. Most of the classical manufacturing subjects for example materials technology is treated, but also modern subjects like computer integrated manufacturning systems and automation. As far as I can see it is updated with the latest research and engineering practice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Manufacturing Technology Working Book [1989 ed]
    This is one of 2 books that captures the essence of a manufacturing management (or industrial engineering) engineering undergraduate degree- the other being an operations management text from Ray Wild, Nigel Slack, or Laurie Mullins. To help get an idea of what being a manufacturing engineer involves, prospective students should envision a dose of intense team & individual industry-based change projects, and striving globally competitive companies to add "seasoning" to these books. The broad 'technology' contents are useful for industry veterans, consultants, and undergraduate students alike, as well as being a good starting point for researchers.

    Over 1000 pages of richly detailed and illustrated yet concise contents span:

    * materials properties- metals, behaviour & testing, properties, alloys, production of steels, non-ferrous production, plastics, ceramics, and composites.

    * metal casting processes and equipment- fundamentals, processes, and design & economics.

    *forming and shaping processes and equipment- rolling, forging, extrusion and drawing, sheet-metal forming, powder metallurgy, forming & shaping plastic & composites, forming & shaping ceramics & glass.

    * material removal processes and machines- cutting, tolls & fluids, round-shape processes, various-shape processes, machine tools and economics, abrasive processes & operations, and non-traditional processes.

    * joining processes and equipment- oxyfuel & arc & resistance welding, solid-state welding, metallurgy, brazing/soldering & mechanical joining processes.

    * surface technology- characteristics & measurement, tribology, surface treatment, fabrication of microelectronics,

    * common aspects of manufacturing- metrology, testing and quality assurance, human factors and safety.

    * manufacturing in a competitive environment- automation, integrated systems, competition and economics.

    The strengths include the vast amount of detail, illustrations, references and exercises to embed learning; broadness yet correctness of content; and many examples of industrial application and usefulness for industry. An updated version, with further additions on latest technologies, process control, and systems analysis/simulation & change management, would address the only weakness of the text (the section on competitive environment manufacturing). Thoroughly recommended as a reference and how-to book in manufacturing (suspect latest version even better!)

    [Refers to first edition 1989 ISBN 0201128497]

    5-0 out of 5 stars an excelent engineering refrence
    this book contains all the information ever needed by a mechanical production engineer. it is a usful addition to all libararies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the various man. processes
    I used this book in a manufacturing engineering course at SUNY Stonybrook. Since graduating I now work as a process engineer, and I have found the book's content to be highly relevant to the field and I still use it as a reference guide to this day. ... Read more


    3. Mechanical Engineering Design
    by JosephShigley, CharlesMischke, RichardBudynas, Joseph Shigley, Charles Mischke, Richard Budynas
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    Asin: 0072921935
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-15)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
    Sales Rank: 29921
    Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The seventh edition of Mechanical Engineering Design marks a return to the basic approaches that have made this book the standard in machine design for over 40 years. At the same time it has been significantly updated and modernized for today's engineering students and professional engineers.

    Working from extensive market research and reviews of the 6th edition, the new 7th edition features reduced coverage of uncertainty and statistical methods.Statistics is now treated (in chapter 2) as one of several methods available to design engineers, and statistical applications are no longer integrated throughout the text, examples and problem sets.

    Other major changes include updated coverage of the design process, streamlined coverage of statistics, a more practical overview of materials and materials selection (moved to chapter 3), revised coverage of failure and fatigue, and review of basic strength of materials topics to make a clearer link with prerequisite courses.

    Overall coverage of basic concepts has been made more clear and concise, with some advanced topics deleted, so that readers can easily navigate key topics. Problem sets have been improved, with new problems added to help students progressively work through them.

    The book has an Online Learning Center with several powerful components: MATLAB for Machine Design (featuring highly visual MATLAB simulations and accompanying source code); the "FEPC" finite element program, with accompanying Finite Element Primer and FEM Tutorials; interactive FE Exam questions for Machine Design; and Machine Design Tutorials for study of key concepts from Parts I and II of the text.Complete Problem Solutionsand PowerPoint slides of book illustrations are available for instructors, under password protection. A printed Instructor's Solutions Manual is also available, with detailed solutions to all chapter problems. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mechanical Engineer's Bible
    Shigley has and always will be my definitive guide whenever I need to do design. Great book that covers a vast scope of work.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Needs and Editor
    -- Shigley is dead both literally and figuratively!!!
    Quite possibly the worst book I have ever had for a class. I have seen the previous editions and they were good, the latest edition (7th) is terrible. It appears they tried to update the 5th and 6th editions by changing the end of chapter problems, but didn't bother to update some of the answers in the solution manual. In addition, they use equations in the solutions that aren't in the book. Which leaves the student trying to figure out where they got the answers.
    In several cases they added additional equations to the book that can be used to solve for the same parameters without giving any guidance on which equation to use (they all produce different results). Plus by adding pieces and parts of additional equation and tables all over the place the book forces the user to turn back and forth between numerous sections.
    To streamline (i.e. put in order) and correct the the book the instructor made over 100 pages of supplements to the text. Having to write >100 pages to make a 1000+ page book understandable is ridiculous.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A reference
    As a Mechanical Engineer that's been out of college for a few years, I find that I turn to this book on a weekly, or at least monthly, basis. My version is the 5th addition (the old grey cover of most past editions).

    As people have noted, you don't learn from this book. If you want more in-depth looks at statics, dynamics, etc - you'll still go back to your core textbooks. But, for example, if you want a formula to figure out the torque required for given loads transmitted by feed screws, you'll turn here.

    This book isn't Marks' handbook - but then again, it's easier to flip to a page for a subject and not wade through all of Marks' 1200 pages. It also isn't the Machinery's Handbook - giving you oodles of charts for different materials, fasteners, and what not. But it's a great bridge between the core textbooks and the very heavy (and tiny print) handbooks.

    There isn't an ME in my company that I haven't seen a version of this on his shelf. Almost all of them have it heavily tabbed. And as one said when he opened mine (which wasn't quite as broken in), "my copy usually falls open to the right page".

    I would highly recommend any of the version's of Mr. Shigley's book in whichever edition (all the names after Shigley keep changing). But I don't think I need to - as every ME will have to buy this his senior year.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Awful book
    This is quite possibly the worst text book that I have ever used. I am a student at RIT the college at which Budynas teaches, hence we use this book. This book is not very clear at all. It uses equations in examples and never references where they come from. It doesn't explain how to do hardly anything worth a darn. In a few of the chapters it references tables and charts that don't exist. The tables in the back of the book are half-way done and dont give all the necessary information. I do not like this book one bit and hope that it will be edited many times over because there where many things missed in editing this time around

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good machine design book for engineers
    I won't repeat the whole table of contents here, but the book covers most aspects of machine design-deflection, strength, fatigue, materials selection, bearings, screws, joining methods, and gears. However, cam design is not covered. There is some very useful information basic failure analysis. I think the book does a good job of cross referencing material in different sections of this book and other books by Shigley and Mischke. The book also provides some rules of thumb that can be useful if the engineer doesn't have much experience in a particular area. The section on weld strength is very useful for machine design. The math may be a little strong for non-engineers. In summary, this is a useful book for both mechanical engineering students and practicing mechanical engineers. ... Read more


    4. Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, 5th Edition
    by Frank P.Incropera, David P.DeWitt
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    Asin: 0471386502
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-09)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 35617
    Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Systematic problem-solving methodology.

    • Extensive use of first law thermodynamics.
    • Finite Element Heat Transfer (FEHT) program w/ printed user's guide--A new software program (from the makers of EES) that solves 2D and transient conduction problems. ... Read more

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      4-0 out of 5 stars Thorough heat transfer book
      This is an excellent text for the heat transfer novice, both as a supplement to a class and as a personal teaching tool. The writing is easy to understand, and the chapters are arranged logically. The examples are well chosen and usually demonstrate how the theory and equations can be put to good use.

      I have only two complaints about this text: There are far too few sample problems (and no problems with only answers provided) and the mass transfer is not taught in a useful way. The prior is a failure of many text books, but the latter is a major drawback. Incropera and Dewitt basically say "Mass transfer is the same as heat transfer, except use these units and equations." All of the mass transfer is tucked into a few chapters, as if it was an afterthought.

      I recommend this book to anyone interested in the fundamentals of heat transfer, but look elsewhere for a useful introduction to mass transfer.

      5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent general heat transfer book
      This is the best all around book on heat transfer I have come across. I have owned the 3rd edition for nearly 10 years and refer to it almost daily in my job (doing heat transfer and fluid flow analysis for a semiconductor equipment company). The theory is clearly explained and well illustrated by many worked examples. The extensive tables of thermal properties in the back are nearly worth the price themselves. I don't think the serious student of heat transfer can go wrong with this book.

      3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Heat X-Fer but So-So Mass X-Fer
      I used this textbook for a few years when teaching a course in heat and mass transfer. The heat transfer parts are some of the best I've seen. Very clear explanations and great diagrams. The mass transfer material is not all that great. The authors are mechanical engineers but mass transfer is really the domain of chemical engineers. They're not as often clear (or even totally correct) in the mass transfer sections. There used to be a heat transfer only version of this textbook which might be a better buy. For mass transfer I would use any established chemical engineering textbook.

      4-0 out of 5 stars A great book
      Even if you don't need a course in heat/mass transfer, you could take it just for the book. One of the best engineering books I have ever read, Incropera and De Witt do a great job of explaining heat transfer. Throughout the book, they use clear examples to illustrate the material (and they keep the units throughout the examples!). The only flaw is the mass transfer section (Ch. 14 & 15, I believe). It is a little confusing, but a couple of trips to the professor's office will remedy this. A couple of typos, but not to the extent of other books I've read.

      5-0 out of 5 stars Heat and mss transfer simplified
      Dear fellow readers: The subject of mass and heat transfer is very involved, and it has applications in many industrial processes. This book starts with a very fundamental explanation of heat transfer. The introduction seems to be from a grade ten science class, hence it is easily understood. As the chapters develop, other concepts such as thermodynamics, solids, and fluids come in to discussion. For this reason I recommend that any one who wishes to read this book, have a firm grasp on these subjects. These sections are far and few in between, so a reader can further develop their understanding with out much difficulty. As the title states the book is about both heat and mass transfer. It is interesting to note that, although these subjects are fundamentally different the calculations are very similar thanks to dimensionless numbers. The book does a very good job of explaining and relating these topics to each other. In my personal opinion, if there is one book that should be bought that encompasses these subjects, and can be used as a reference in the future, this book is my preferred choice. ... Read more


    5. Energy Efficiency Manual: for everyone who uses energy, pays for utilities, designs and builds, is interested in energy conservation and the environment
    by Donald R. Wulfinghoff
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    Asin: 0965792676
    Catlog: Book (2000-03)
    Publisher: Energy Institute Press
    Sales Rank: 127769
    Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    This is the primary reference, how-to guide, and sourcebook for energy conservation.It lets you improve efficiency and save money in all types of buildings and plants, ranging from individual houses to commercial buildings to large institutions and industrial plants.It is organized around 400 logically grouped energy conservation actions, presented in language that everyone understands.

    It's for everyone who uses energy, pays for utilities, manages property, operates energy systems, designs, builds, and values conservation and the environment.It's loaded with features that help you quickly find the right information for each application. "Ratings" and "Selection Scorecards" identify your best conservation opportunities."Traps & Tricks" ensure success."Economics" estimate savings and costs.It has been acclaimed by professional and non-technical users.Publishers Weekly says it "answers just about any question [from] homeowner, plant manager, energy policy guru ... as practically useful as it is informative."830 photographs and drawings illustrate the methods.Hundreds of examples give you a feel for real applications.A complete index makes it easy to find every topic and term. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Superlative! A must have!
    Superlative!  The ENERGY EFFICIENCY MANUAL by Donald Wulfinghoff is a "must have" for professionals, libraries, facility managers, policy makers, homeowners, and anyone else who is serious about saving energy and cashing in on lower energy bills. It is the ultimate energy saving resource for businesses, industry, and government. PLUS, it will save money and reduce pollution, satisfying corporate bottom lines, policy makers, and environmentalists all at the same time. This book is unique. Highly informative, illustration-rich, and user-friendly, it is treasure trove of everything you need to know about energy efficiency from A to Z. Don't bother looking elsewhere -- the ENERGY EFFICIENCY MANUAL simply has it all. This book will pay for itself almost as fast as you can spot a hot air leak or install an energy-efficient light bulb!

    -- Amy Vickers

    5-0 out of 5 stars A secret weapon for the energy auditor
    As an energy auditor I'd almost call the Energy Efficiency Manual a secret weapon, except it has so many good ideas that I can't help but show it to many of the customers and prospective customers I meet. The diagrams are very useful, as is the self contained but well cross-referenced way in which each improvement measure has been written. For example, talking to the maintenance manager of a hospital, we looked at the diagrams of hot/cold deck multi-zone systems while discussing the pros and cons of upgrading a constant volume air conditioning system to a variable volume system. It is by far the most useful book on energy management that I have ever read (well, in the case of the Energy Efficiency Manual, that I have partially read - its an enormously large book!), and the ratings of each of the measures are particularly useful, along with the practical, no-nonsense approach. The book is extremely well cross referenced and Wulfinghoff has covered an enormous body of knowledge in writing the book. As someone fairly new to the field I'm grateful that he went to the effort of documenting and making available his knowledge and 30 odd years experience in the Energy Efficiency Manual.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you always wanted to know, in plain English
    I nodded my head in agreement while reading Wulfinghoff's philosophy about energy savings in commercial and light industrial facilities. He distills 20+ years of experience in this field with practical, no-nonsense how-tos to gain energy and dollar savings in a wide variety of facilities and end-uses: lighting, water use, steam systems, space heating, water heating, air conditioning, scheduling, pumps, energy management controls: its all here in a well-written, well-illustrated book.

    Perhaps best of all, the author goes beyond theoretical considerations of high-tech efficiency products, with precautions of what works and what might fall short. He also reminds facility managers to be mindful of the human factors that can foil our best efforts. He offers suggestions on how to plan and manage efficiency upgrades complete with information for building operators and occupants, so that the savings persist.

    Highly recommended for anyone managing energy use in facilities, ranging from individual buildings to college campuses to government facilities. [I am a local government energy manager myself.]

    5-0 out of 5 stars Provides practical advice for avoiding pitfalls
    Donald Wulfinghoff's Energy Efficiency Manual is a massive, 1,536-page reference work that is organized to guide the reader quickly to the right information for their particular energy project, problem, or inquiry. The first part of this "user friend" manual has 400 logically grouped activities for improving energy efficiency. each activity begins with Ratings and a Selection Scorecard to help the reader judge the merits and difficulties of that particular activity. "Economics" sidebars estimates the savings, cost, and payback period. The "Traps & Tricks" sidebars provides practical advice for avoiding pitfalls plaguing energy conservation efforts. Energy Efficiency Manual will earn back its cover price over and over again and is an essential, core reference for personal, professional, and community library energy conservation and energy efficiency reference book collections.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Efficiency in technical publications.
    I have been in the Architect/Engineering business for over 20 years. There were several cases in the past where this book would have been of great value. The Energy Efficiency Manual is now my standard resource in saving money and energy for my clients. Mr. Wulfinghoff has invested over 20 years in compiling this manual and this is reflected in the quality of the content. I am particularly impressed with the format, which is extremely accessible to anyone. The book gets right to the point in a highly straightforward manner. I would recommend that authors of other technical books take note and attempt the same. It would certainly make my life easier. In other words I honestly feel that I got my money's worth this time and recommend it to anyone who wants to save energy. ... Read more


    6. Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers
    by Eugene A. Avallone, TheodoreBaumeister
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    Asin: 0070049971
    Catlog: Book (1996-06-01)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
    Sales Rank: 11464
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Better than Roark's Formulas for stress & strain.
    This book has a lot of information most of which is useless calculus integration with vary brief summery which seems to me being derived from other books just thrown into the mix with general categories. The book is basically an oversized machinery's handbook but with a poorly written index and with a lot of inapt formulas that don't have a explanation for formula variables used in the equation. If you do a lot of strength of material design I would suggest a machinery's hand book, or the McGraw Hill Mechanical Engineering Design book which is an excellent P.E. exam reference book. Stay away from the Roarks Formulas for stress & strain book its more poorly written then the Marks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Marks' Handbook is a winner!
    This book is an excellent general reference on a number of areas of science, engineering, and technology. I often refer to it first when searching for information on an unfamiliar subject. Most mechanical engineers working in design, manufacturing, and construction would benefit by having a copy of this book in their personal library.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mark's Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers
    I have a slightly older copy and I have found that for the PE exam this is a good reference however, if you are doing something in the real world, the Machinery's Handbook is FAR better. This book gives good overviews of a huge variety of topics that any Mech Engr might need but not much depth. It is about as much information as a manager might want to know.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mark's ME Handbook on CD
    I was very disappointed in the CD version of Mark's Handbook. While I am a user of Mark's handbook for over 30 years, the CD version is not friendly. The ability to search for subjects is next to non-existent.

    I asked to return the CD book and was told because in was opened (I broke the seal, of course, to inspect it), it was not returnable.

    Be careful in buying CD books... there is a no return policy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Guide
    I'm an advanced student of Mechanical Engineering, and I'm reading this manual, and is one of the best reference guide I ever had. The great quantity of topics is a great help.
    So, if you want to have a guide with topics related with engeenering, the MARKS is what you need. ... Read more


    7. Inside SolidWorks
    by David Murray
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    Asin: 0766823482
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-13)
    Publisher: OnWord Press
    Sales Rank: 381649
    Average Customer Review: 2.65 out of 5 stars
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    INSIDE SolidWorks, 2nd Edition, continues to provide beginning through intermediate users with a host of manufacturing-based examples and step-by-step tutorials.In addition to exploring Solid Works 2000 commands and processes, this book emphasizes the mindset needed to create professional 3D designs and solid models vs. classic 2D-oriented approaches.Drafting with parting lines, unrolling sheet metal, using the Rip function, step and repeat functions, assembly component mating techniques, as well as new lighting sources and surfacing functionality are just a few of the new features of SolidWorks 2000 covered in this edition.Numerous opportunities to apply SolidWorks functionality in the context of a wide variety of manufacturing processes, plus detailed examples within each chapter that enable readers to build a sample part, make this a valuable how-to and reference manual for users of all abilities. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best CAD book I have ever read!
    My background goes back to the drafting board. Since then, I have learned four CAD systems. Because of that, I have read many CAD instructional books and this is the best and most complete one that I have worked through.
    When I decide to start into a book, I am expecting to get enough information from it to be proficient with the software. What I usually get is a "kindergarden" dose of instruction and have to find more books to take up the slack. This book actually covered so many features and in such a clear way that I have been compelled to write this review. How others in this section were able to be so critical, I cannot begin to guess. Other books such as "SolidWorks 2001 Tutrial", one with a higher four star rating, I found to be of the lesser quality I just mentioned. Hey, serious CAD users out here want a lot more information...we can handle it, trust me!
    Some of the reviews here suggest that the book is full of errors but I did not find them to be significant and nothing that stopped me in my tracks.
    The book is big and takes time to work through (three weeks if you are determined) but you will not be short changed by receiving "beginers only" information. The features touched on are many and could not be any clearer. If you have the capacity and desire and want good information on Solidworks, get this book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not Worth the Effort to Read
    This book is full of errors when it comes to SolidWorks 2003. Not only that, it attempts to present long involved lectures about the functionality that I guess you're supposed to memorize. It offers page after page of "how to's" instead of practice in real usage. One feels the author was too lazy to create a real world set of examples and instead loves to hear himself expound on his CAD knowledge (which sadly is very faulty).

    5-0 out of 5 stars So Far looks Good
    I don't know what axe the poor reviewers were grinding but i find this book on a quick browse to be extremely helpful. The others who panned the book were obviously looking for someone to hold their hand through each and every step. I tried the Planchard book and while still useful neglects guiding you into shortcuts(enter key instead of mouse click; ctrl+c=copy, etc.) Shortcutting is key to progressing and I am already ahead of the tutorials in Planchards. I bought Solidworks 2003 after reading the authors web post regarding misrepresentation of his book on Amazon. He was right on. I fully recommend this book and will update my review when I have finished it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars this author only thinks about his $$$
    This book is filled with sentences like very straightforward, easy to carry out , "using the by now familiar shortcut", it is insulting how this "manager" throws stuff at you, omitting important steps so that you just can't do it. Also, the author preferred to just type and type instead of adding icons and steps, resulting in a book that looks like: "Now you could do this, but you have learned this earlier, so we can skip this, then you can do this and this or you could also do so and so". Then when things start looking like a structure you want to make, you are on your own again, i cite "by the way there is more than one way to create a spring of this type. If you do not want to use the suggestions here and have some ideas of your own that is fine. So how did you do? If you managed to create the tension spring, give yourself a pat on the back" Talking about a waste of words, and that is what this book is about. If fact, the "suggestions" he gave are definitely not enough, not even for experienced users, he is too lazy to write it down correctly and help you out. He is just sitting behind his computer writing this book babbling on, while sipping brandy, I presume, laughing at all the guys who work hard and earn less (engineers, NOT managers). Fortunately i can return this book within seven days.

    2-0 out of 5 stars No way!
    I have read a few CAD instructional books and manuals, and this is one of the worst books/manuals that I have seen. The way the book provides the information, it is very confusing to the new user. The author expects that the user knows the software. If this were true, I would not require a book!! The book is of low quality. The command structure is hard to follow.

    I read one review on this book that state, " Hey, serious CAD users out here want a lot more information". I agree, yes and not. If you have a lot of information, take the time to explain it to the new user. Just don't blow by the new user and address the advance user. I would not recommend this book. ... Read more


    8. Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, 9th Edition
    by BenStein, John S.Reynolds
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    The definitive guide to the design of environmental control systems.

    For more than half a century, this book has been a fixture in architecture and construction firms the world over. It has also been the primary means by which generations of students have acquired the basic knowledge and skills needed to design environmental control systems. Twice awarded the AIA's Citation for Excellence in International Architecture Book Publishing, Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings is recognized for its comprehensiveness, clarity of presentation, and timely coverage of new design trends and technologies.

    Faithful to its proud heritage, this Ninth Edition provides students and professionals with the most complete coverage of the theory and practice of environmental control system design currently available. Encompassing mechanical and electrical systems for buildings of all sizes, it provides design guidelines and detailed design procedures for each topic covered. It also includes information on the latest technologies, new and emerging design trends, and relevant codes and zoning restrictions-and its more than 1,500 superb illustrations, tables, and high-quality photographs provide a quick reference for both students and busy professionals.

    Emphasizing sustainability in architecture throughout, this new edition includes expanded coverage of energy conservation and renewable on-site energy resources. It also features a new chapter on interior air quality, expanded coverage of building acoustics, and many new and updated tables and illustrations.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An author's view:
    My part of this book (mechanical and plumbing) is designed to first show how to minimize the need for mechanical equipment by designing with the climate and site firmly in mind. First configure a building to optimize daylighting, solar heating, and various climate-appropriate passive cooling methods. Also, to store rainwater when appropriate. Then, proceed to choose and size the back-up equipment. In this way, designers conserve non-renewable energy, utilize natural (on-site) energy sources, and also help building occupants stay in touch with the outdoors. I believe that we'll tend to care more about a clean outdoor environment if we are kept aware of its condition.
    For a summary of this approach, read Chapter One. I hope you enjoy this book, even when it is your textbook! That was my object. Suggestions? I'm at jreyn@darkwing.uoregon.edu

    4-0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Reference
    This volume is one of the best reference materials available for the MEP or Architectural Engineer. I found the descriptive detail and illustration that aided me in the learning process. I reccomend it highly. ... Read more


    9. Modern Control Engineering (4th Edition)
    by Katsuhiko Ogata
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    Asin: 0130609072
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-13)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
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    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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    This comprehensive treatment of the analysis and design of continuous-time control systems provides a gradual development of control theory—and shows how to solve all computational problems with MATLAB. It avoids highly mathematical arguments, and features an abundance of examples and worked problems throughout the book.Chapter topics include the Laplace transform; mathematical modeling of mechanical systems, electrical systems, fluid systems, and thermal systems; transient and steady-state-response analyses, root-locus analysis and control systems design by the root-locus method; frequency-response analysis and control systems design by the frequency-response; two-degrees-of-freedom control; state space analysis of control systems and design of control systems in state space. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Formulas done right
    This book is very good. I really like the way the formulas are given, with all the variables immediatelly defined. When reading it was amazing. As the questions arose in my mind as to what something meant, the next sentence or two satisfied my curiosity.
    While other books tend claim that a piece of information is "beyond the scope of this text" (yet then expect knowledge of the topic), Ogota takes a couple of extra paragraphs to explain the basics of what is needed for better understanding.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Control system design the way it was meant to be!
    This is an excellent controls text. All concepts are beautifully explained and developed. The examples in the book are clear and concise and the exercises cover a broad range of control system design applications. One of the greatest perks of this book is the extensive coverage of MATLAB applications to control system design. Not only do you learn how to do it mathematically but you learn how to program and let MATLAB aid you. You get double the learning for the price of one text!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Art of modern control in one masterpiece!!!
    First of all, the book is written by an extraordinary authority in the field, one of few such professionals in the world. It covers the whole subject of modern control engineering, so if You know most of it, what is in the book, You know a lot of the subject. There are many clear and precise physical models, block diagrams, MatLab instructions, the results given by a computer, the problems solved or/and explained by the language of mathematics and theory of control. ALL IN ONE. The book is The Art of Modern Control Engineering. However, You have to have at least some physical and mathematical bases to learn and see the beauty and art of it all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Feedback Analysis & Design
    I used this book for two semesters. The only downside is that this book is too thick, but the new edition looks better. I found the MATLAB program(s) very useful, in addition to a bunch of solved sample problems at the end of each Chapter. I have been told that the latest edition has information on Signal Flow Graphs (Mason's Rule), which is very critical if you are analysing the topic of Controls from an Electrical Engineer's point of view.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books in control theory
    The most comprehensive textbook in control theory.very well explained and each chapter has at least a dozen of solved excersices. MATLAB is being used extensively to learn control applications.It can be used also as an introduction to advanced control. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ... Read more


    10. Control Systems Engineering
    by Norman S.Nise
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    Asin: 0471445770
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-22)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 25166
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    Emphasizing the practical application of control systems engineering, the new Fourth Edition shows how to analyze and design real-world feedback control systems. Readers learn how to create control systems that support today's advanced technology and apply the latest computer methods to the analysis and design of control systems.
    * A methodology with clearly defined steps is presented for each type of design problem.
    * Continuous design examples give a realistic view of each stage in the control systems design process.
    * A complete tutorial on using MATLAB Version 5 in designing control systems prepares readers to use this important software tool.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars very good book
    I have the pleasure to be taking professor Nise's control systems engineering class at Cal Poly Pomona. I have to say that this is an excellent book for control systems. there is a lot of material that is covered by this book. the examples are well presented and they really help you when working on the problems at the end of each chapter. Another plus is the powerpoint slides and the matlab supplementary material included in the CD-ROM. there are nice tutorials on MATLAB and Simulink. this is a definite must have. Highly recommended

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well presented and easy to understand
    This book is excellent!!. It is well presented and easy to understand. It did not assume that the reader knows the basic and explains the essence that is needed to follow through the subject. Control System is a subject that I had problem grasping while doing my undergraduates because I was thrown with all the mathematical formulas and left to make sense out of them. In short I did not learn much from school. Control system was a dark side for me until I discovered this book. Now I understand more than before and I am read it like a story book. This book made me helped so much that I am compelled to write this review. I wish I had this book earlier. This is the kind of book that I have been searching for all this while

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book in the field.
    This is the best book explaining Matlab in control engineering. With this book and "The Student Edition of Simulink" you can do any simulations in control engineering. A must.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best for Undergraduate level
    As a contract engineer, I designed a brushless DC motor controller and my company needed a good reference for them to understand the control system. This was far better than all the books I read.
    Most people deal with low order control systems and don't want the math to get in the way of understanding the concept. But control systems is a big topic and not typically well explained.
    This book is first rate from begining to end; It derives clearly and consisely all math. Builds a good tool set of common place real world examples. And, explians concepts clearly with good illustration.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Control Systems Made Easy
    This is the best book I have read on Control systems and It is for anyone who has been confused by other undergraduate Control System books. It explains everything in great detail. Every topic has been "thoroughly" dealt with and has simple to follow examples.

    It does not cover State Space design and Digital Controls extensively, (offcourse you need another volume to cover these topics). However whatever is covered on these two topics is very clear and would be a good bouncing board for someone who wants to pursue control systems in depth.

    Probably Mr. Norman would try to write a book or two on State-Space design and digital control systems in the near future ... EXCELLENT JOB MR. NORMAN S. NISE... :) ... Read more


    11. Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain
    by Warren C. Young, RichardBudynas
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    Asin: 007072542X
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-13)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
    Sales Rank: 46204
    Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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    Solutions-based approach to quick calculations in structural element design and analysis

    Now updated with 30% new material, Roark Formulas for Stress and Strain, Seventh Edition, is the ultimate resource for designers, engineers, and analysts who need to calculate loads and stress. This landmark reference from Warren Young and Richard Budynas provides you with equations and diagrams of structural properties in an easy-to-use, thumb-through format. Updated, with a user-friendly page layout, this new edition includes expanded coverage of joints, bearing and shear stress, experimental stress analysis, and stress concentrations, as well as material behavior coverage and stress and strain measurement. You’ll also find expanded tables and cases; improved notations and figures in the tables; consistent table and equation numbering; and verification of correction factors. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Exelente libro, todo ingeniero Mecanico Debe tener Uno
    Excelente para consegir la mayoria de las formulas relacionadas con calculos de esfuerzo y deformacion. Contiene cantidad de referencias para cada caso, de ser necesario rpofundizar mas en el tema. Lo recomiendo ampliamente, lo utilizo en todos mis calculos estructurales.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Roark's has been not been improved
    The book is now twice the thickness of the 6th Edition book. This makes opening and keeping open the book much more difficult. Also the paper type chosen makes it difficult to turn the pages.

    I highly recommend keeping the sixth edition until they figure what is truly important to Structural/Mechanical Engineer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Every structural engineer should have a copy.
    A very usefull reference book for the practising structural or mechanical engineer. However it could be significantly improved by some modernisation and rationalisation ie: removing references out-dated information and references from the 1920's and 1930's,etc. Also by standardising variables and equations, eg: the variable for the width of a section may be 'b' in one chapter 'd' in another, also 'tw' may represent flange thickness rather than web thickness, etc. The book examples are all in U.S. (lbs, feet) units, annoying the European (N, m) user, and may start on one page, then be interupted by 20 pages of tables before continuing on. So the general layout could do with being significantly improved.

    4-0 out of 5 stars still crazy after all this years.....
    R&Y's publication, which I became aware of in 1986 is stillan amazing collection of engineering formulas in statics, stability,dynamics and thermal calculations. The IFE uses ANSYS FEA technologyesp. for complex geometries and nonlinear issues: but once in a whilewe appreciate R&Y's work to retain contact to quantities and forthe insight (wrt dimensioning) which interaction with formulas cangive.

    R&Y's text sections give much insight, the section onstrenght of materials terminology can be useful (learn - refresh) aswell as the brief immersion into experimental issues.

    Frank ExiusIFE BONN Germany...

    5-0 out of 5 stars the search stops here
    this book has all the possible formulae for all the possible loadings on all the possible types of sections an engineer will ever encounter! a must for the practicing engineer. ... Read more


    12. Engineering Mechanics - Combined (10th Edition)
    by Russell C. Hibbeler
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    Asin: 0131417770
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-19)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Offers a concise and thorough presentation of engineering mechanics theory and application. The material is reinforced with numerous examples to illustrate principles and imaginative, well-illustrated problems of varying degrees of difficulty. The book is committed to developing users' problem-solving skills. Features new "Photorealistc" figures (approximately 400) that have been rendered in often 3D photo quality detail to appeal to visual learners.Presents a thorough combination of both static and dynamic engineering mechanics theory and applications. Features a large variety of problem types from a broad range of engineering disciplines, stressing practical, realistic situations encountered in professional practice, varying levels of difficulty, and problems that involve solution by computer.For professionals in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aeronautical engineering, and engineering mechanics careers. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars great book for those less worried about theory
    This book came in very handy as a compliment to Meriam's contribution (5th edition).For those of us less technically-minded, yet required to take courses such as engineering dynamics, this book left the theory and procedural derivations to another day so that at first by practice may understanding come about.When I couldn't quite comprehend what Meriam's book said, I found my answer in this book.There are better (ahem, simpler) explanations of not only the ideas but the math as well, a major help to someone increasingly out of practice, however the appendices are weak so don't look to them for much review.Answers to odd-numbered problems are provided.Note: This book doesn't make the learning easy, it just softens the blow sufficiently.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the instructionally most modern text on statics and dynamics
    Lets begin with the Pro's:
    + it *really* tells you *how* to tackle (and solve) a problem incl *all* details (appropriate coordinate system, sign conventions with choice of vector calculus or scalar vector components, magic with all different kind of unit vectors, free-body-diagrams) in the fantastic 'Procedures for Analysis'. it tells you why which choice is favourable in a straight-forward direct manner, didactically perfect.
    + only one to deserve the title 'Eng Mech for Dummies', best intro book among all competitors. It *is* a book for dummies! :-)
    + 10/E no more errors in problem solutions/answers: "two other professionals have checked all the problems for clarity and accuracy of the solutions"
    + nicest pics, photos and graphical layout. countless supporting illustrations. modern.
    + consistent and logical notation throughout (body rotation is always 'omega', coordsys rotation always 'OMEGA') and detailed full explanations of vector symbols and their resolution to coordsys axes
    + comprehensive: covers all topics (all standard topics)
    + up to six supporting examples per chapter subsection. many!
    + numerous additional probs (see companion website, see Appendix for FE Exams)
    + great examples. with full use of vector analysis, vector calculus. Shames4 has even better examples, but Shames4 has not as many as Hibbeler10. So read also Shames4-examples!
    + after reading a full section, you *will* be able to apply the concepts!
    + neat coverage of 3-dim rigid body kinetics. Hibbeler is here better than Meriam5 but a bit worse than Shames4. All books cover this topic simply too short, unfortunately.
    + full use of 3-dim's in particle motion. spicey extra equations: tan 'psi', cylindrical coord's, 'rho' curvature y(x), bi-normal vector, etc.
    + if price plays a role: check out the Combined Value Added package at: http://tinyurl.com/295yr Great deal!!
    + excellent companion website with additional 1000 online problems. many other printed supplements etc. Top product support.
    Yep, a few Con's are still there:
    - no intro of sherical coord's
    - incomprehensive treatment of particle systems (*very* irritating!)
    - no rigorous math derivations of formulas (all omitted!), instead presentation of ready-to-use-formulas in coloured boxes. not very serious procedure, but common for a Book4Dummies. too concise at times.
    - confusing, un-unified treatment of moments/products or inertia
    - low quality page paper. small-size formatted book. physical quality not as outstanding as Meriam5.
    - lousy, valueless appendix
    - too few problems, and only a few challanging. lack of illustrations here!
    - problem set is worse than Meriam5(best!),Shames4(great!but too few), and BeerJohnston7(good!numerous)
    to sum up, i have compared four major texts: Meriam5, Shames4, BeerJohnston7 and Hibbeler10. All are okay, none is perfect, and in many respects they are equal/similar. Differences are tiny, very fine, but for taking a final decision, they are crucial. if you have read my reviews on the other three texts, there s not much to add here. I finally chose Hibbeler's as my picture book and problem set collection book. Top-choice. Have a close look at it *before* you decide for a different one (alternative: Meriam5)! might be a matter of taste between MERIAM5 and HIBBELER10. but *never* BJ7!!! ... Read more


    13. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, 5E
    by Bill Whitman, Bill Johnson, John Tomczyck
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    Catlog: Book (2004-10-13)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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    The best in heating, cooling, and refrigeration just got better!This time-honored best seller has been updated and revised to provide superior hands-on information needed to successfully maintain and troubleshoot todays complex heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.It fosters a solid foundation and understanding of environmental problems and their solutions, and displays a depth and detail of theory, diagnostics, and repair procedures that make this a fitting book for basic HVAC-R education as well as upgrading and certification training for technicians in the field.The fifth Edition includes information on typical operating conditions, and offers ample systematic troubleshooting techniques and scenarios with an eye to improving readers skills.This book has been developed around the National Skill Standards for HVAC-R technicians as funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and contains easy-to-understand language for grasping fundamental and advanced concepts in the HVAC-R field. ... Read more


    14. Engineering Fluid Mechanics
    by Clayton T.Crowe, Donald F.Elger, John A.Roberson
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    Asin: 0471384828
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-06)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    This reader-friendly book fosters a strong conceptual understanding of fluid flow phenomena through lucid physical descriptions, photographs, clear illustrations and fully worked example problems. More than 1,100 problems, including open-ended design problems and computer-oriented problems, provide an opportunity to apply fluid mechanics principles. Throughout, the authors have meticulously reviewed all problems, solutions, and text material to ensure accuracy.

    The Student Solutions Manual contains 100 example problems with solutions, designed by the authors to address the main concepts of each chapter of their text, Engineering Fluid Mechanics, 7E. These complete worked-out solutions help walk you through problem-solving processes that you can apply to the exercises in the main text. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Undergrad Masterpiece
    This text is a great introduction to Fluid Mechanics. The derivations are very easy to follow, and the problems apply to many real life situations. For graduate students, it may be a little to light weight, but for undergrads it provides a broad base of information.

    5-0 out of 5 stars good textbook
    Good textbook, good examples, and easy to read. Anyone with a solid physics & calculus background will be comfortable with this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Where's the beef??
    Lot of fluid problems, good graphics, and very good examples, though not nearly enough. You're going to need good lecture notes or a tutor.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Poor examples,
    The book is easy to read however, it is very hard to solve the problems. The author does not do a very good job showing which equation's are used. In the example problems the author bring's in values which are constant's but does not indicate what the values are and the units. It is a very hard text book to follow. However the derivation of the formulas are done very well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars easy to understand
    very good for people who start to learn fluid. many physical interpretation and suitable problems at the end of each chapters. however, this book is not appropriate for advanced students/professionals. ... Read more


    15. A First Course in the Finite Element Method
    by Daryl L. Logan
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    Catlog: Book (2001-04-05)
    Publisher: Thomson-Engineering
    Sales Rank: 299669
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This third edition provides a simple, basic approach to the finite element method that can be understood by both undergraduate and graduate students. It does not have the usual prerequisites (such as structural analysis) required by most available texts in this area. The book is written primarily as a basic learning tool for the undergraduate student in civil and mechanical engineering whose main interest is in stress analysis and heat transfer. The text is geared toward those who want to apply the finite element method as a tool to solve practical physical problems. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent first course in FEM
    This book may be the best text book I have come across in years.
    If you have the basis of engineering (or physics or maths) you barely need an instructor.
    The explainations are clear, and I haven't found any mistakes yet (if there are mistakes they will be few).
    Lots of nice problems with answers provided.

    This book is excellent for whom desires to learn on which basis FEMs work (undergraduate and graduate). ... Read more


    16. Reprint MP Design of Machinery
    by Robert L. Norton
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    Robert Norton's DESIGN OF MACHINERY 3/e continues the tradition of this bestselling book by emphasizing the design aspects of mechanisms and providing numerous industry examples and illustrations for readers. Norton provides a solid conceptual foundation for the kinematics and dynamics of machinery, presented in the context of what a design engineer needs to work with.

    The new 3/e has revised and expanded chapter problem set--231 new problems have been added. 88 Project Assignments are also included to give readers an in-depth look at mechanism design and analysis procedures in a realistic format. Coverage of compliant mechanisms and MEMS has been added in Chapter 2; a section entitled "Some Useful Mechanisms" is now in Chapter 3; treatment of cams in Chapters 8 has been condensed and modernized. Information on transmissions and engine dynamics has been enhanced and expanded as well.

    The third edition comes with a bound-in Student Resources CD-ROM, with Norton's own student-version programs, an extensive group of Working Model simulations (by Sid Wang, North Carolina A&T University), additional Working Model examples, and the MSC Working Model 2-D program itself (demonstration version). A new Book Website includes additional instructor and student resources. Detailed solutions to all chapter problems and project assignments, are available to instructors on the website, under password protection. ... Read more


    17. Piping and Pipeline Engineering: Design, Construction, Maintenance, Integrity, and Repair (Mechanical Engineering (Marcell Dekker))
    by G.A. Antaki, G. A. ANTAKI
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    Asin: 0824709640
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
    Publisher: Marcel Dekker
    Sales Rank: 1045446
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    Offering the fundamental qualitative steps vital to any successful piping and pipeline activity, this book pairs real world practices with textbook theory to depict proper piping and pipeline construction, integrity, and maintenance—highlighting the quantitative details, calculations, and techniques essential to support competent decisions for plant piping systems and pipelines. ... Read more


    18. Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics
    by Michael J.Moran, Howard N.Shapiro
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    Asin: 0471274712
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-06)
    Publisher: Wiley
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    Average Customer Review: 2.89 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great text for the motivated student
    I am a junior in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell and used this textbook for a Thermodynamics course third semester. I thought it was organized well, written clearly and at an appropriate level, and enjoyable overall (though demanding at times). I think the reason some people have given this book such poor reviews is that it makes you think and really requires you to put time into solving problems. So, chances are you can handle the technical aspects, but the nature of thermo seems to make it difficult the first time around for some (myself included). If you know calculus, basic physics, and are willing to actually try to understand the text/reasoning/formulas/examples and do the problems though, you will probably agree that this book is incredible.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A College level book
    Warning, this book is a college level Thermodynamics book written for students who are pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. As one reviewer pointed out, this book, unfortunately, will force you to think and will not simply provide you with the formulas necessary to solve all the problems in the back. I purchased this book as a supplement to the required text for the thermo course I was taking. I found it extremely helpful in filling in the gaps left by my text with many thorough example problems. I have recommended this book to our faculty as a replacement to our current text.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Cengel4 or MoranShapiro5? A matter of taste only!
    To all eng thermo learners: i did an intensive comparison of Cengel4 and MoranShapiro5 whenever on the john. Sonntag6 was out-of-race: book really bad (in comparison to the two in question), so let's not talk about it any further. So the remaining top-sellers, they are *the* most widely-used most popular intro texts (the very first two semesters on thermo for engineering students) available; very comprehensive (~800pages) and extremely modern in didactics, layout, and content presentation. No wonder that they are the two best-sold intro texts. Question: which is better?
    Results: Both are 100% equally top choices (and 95% equal in teaching text) and in the end it s only a matter of taste and peripheral preferences. My personal peripheral preference would be the "Which one s the better deal (US $)?". Well, MoranShapiro5 is a little harder to read (it uses one colour only: pics, drawings, and images all in GREEN, aarrgh!) and not as nicely layout as Cengel4. But text is a little more detailed and the examples are much longer, and a bit harder and thus more detailed too! Number of examples seems to be higher too (!?) ("So, if you re not a dummie (=total beginner), go for S/M as text and ref!"). Furthermore, the WileyInternationalEdition comes in HARDCOVER whereas the McGraw-HillInternationEdtion comes in PAPERBACK. Both books feature a student book companion site or online learning center. The Wiley book site has the fantastic "ThermoNet"-website, and instructors will find digitized solutions to all text problems. The McGraw-Hill book site does not offer much neither to the student nor to the instructor. Textwise, Cengel *is* better. Easier to read, grasp, learn, and understand. And apply ("So, the best thermo book for dummies is Cengel!"). VERY VERY nice layout, VERY attractive and fun to work with. An enjoyable reading. A bit more fun than Moran's. But as explained, all in all the better deal would be MoranShapiro5. Moran's text is the more serious one: useful as text *and* reference. Cengel's book-for-dummies is very useful for total beginners and poor learners. Well, if you *now* begin to complain that neither Cengel's nor Moran's book pleases you, then you wont find any other good intro tome ('picture book'). These two intro tomes *are* the best, there are no better on the market. Choose one of the two, or dont buy any intro text on eng thermo! If you dont like these two books because eng thermo is too hard for you, then please have a close look at Octave Levenspiel's intro text "Understanding Engineering Thermo". This might be the best to start with then. For you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Thermodynamics book
    I highly recommend this text. I have used it for many years now and it is as complete and concise as can be. Moran and Shapiro have done an excellent job in developing this text. The concept explanations are concise and technical. The theory is extremely well developed and clearly presented. This book is similar to Incropera's Heat Transfer texts with respect with the theory development and explanations. If you want a book that does more than show you how to do a problem this book is for you. Not only does it show you how, but it tells you WHY. An excellent book!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Read Reviews Carefully
    I used this text in undergrad thermo and as a reference in grad school and thought that it was a satisfactory book. I don't think that it is a spectacular book, but I was surprised by the negative reviews posted about the book. Thermodynamics can be a frustrating undergraduate course and is often used as a "weed out" course by mechanical engineering departments. Some of the reiviews for this book seem to be written by bitter students who couldn't handle thermo. I encourage shoppers to weed through these reviews when considering buying this book. ... Read more


    19. Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam (11th Edition)
    by Michael R. Lindeburg
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    Asin: 1888577681
    Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
    Publisher: Professional Publications, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 28388
    Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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    The Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual is the most trusted study guide and reference for the mechanical PE exam. This edition has been updated to reflect the new breadth-and-depth format of the exam. All exam topics are reviewed clearly and completely, and more than 200 solved example problems and almost 530 practice problems (200 of them new) demonstrate key concepts and help you understand the most efficient way to solve problems. The text is enhanced by hundreds of illustrations, charts, and other data, and an extensive index.

    For solutions to the practice problems in this manual, order Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam, 11th edition (ISBN 1-888577-69-X). Both these books are part of Professional Publications's Engineering Review Series, used by over 600,000 engineers to pass their licensing exams. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Manual
    Not only is this book great as a tool to study for the PE exam, it also is one of the most useful mechanical engineering reference books. If there is only one engineering reference book you could have, I would strongly recommend this one!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great PE reference Guide
    I used this book along with the class and the key is to get familiar with the book. Passed the PE on the first try. I still use the book as my primary reference it's that good! Unfortunately, the book doesn't talk to you, or transfer material by osmosis so you still need to take the time and read it. The book doesn't cover fundamentals(if you need this, get the FE book). It gives you cookbook formulas and information needed to solve about 90% of the problems. It may be wise to take a PE refresher course to help walk you through the material. As for the errors, the publisher posts the errata/corrections on the web and keeps it updated. There is also a solutions manual for the book, I highly recommend this if you are preparing for the PE.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential Engineering Reference
    This is bar-none the most complete and easiest to understand reference and study guide on the market. I used it almost exclusively when studying for and taking the P.E. and passed on the first try. My only regret is that I did not buy a copy upon graduation from college as it and would have most likely increased my on the job learning curve. It is truly a must-have reference for any engineer's bookshelf

    My hat is off to M. R. Lindeburg, P.E.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great tool, but FULL of errors!
    Don't get me wrong, I don't regret buying this book, but the overwhelming number of errors in this book is staggering and inexcusable, especially since all of the formulas and most of the problems should just be cut-n-paste from various respected sources. It's frustrating not knowing if your getting a practice problem wrong because you're doing it wrong or because the book has the wrong formulas, problem wording, problem answers, etc.

    Even the online errata list only covers a portion of the errors.

    5-0 out of 5 stars New Edition
    While evaluating the merits of the other customer reviews I noted that they were all posted prior to this edition. While normally not an issue with this type of reference manual, it is important right now, seeing as how the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam Format is to be changed drastically with the next Exam. I would expect that this new edition has been developed to incorporate this change but have yet to see any comments as to how well it has been changed. I currently possess the previous edition and plan to take the exam in October 2001. While I agree with the other reviewers on the previous editions excellence, I would like to know whether there is any substantial reason to purchase the New Edition and replace my earlier edition. ... Read more


    20. Technical Drawing (12th Edition)
    by Frederick E. Giesecke, Alva Mitchell, Henry C. Spencer, Ivan Leroy Hill, John T. Dygdon, James E. Novak, Ivan L. Hill
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    Asin: 0130081833
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-15)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 145046
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This book's practical, well illustrated, step-by-step explanations of procedures have successfully trained users for 60 years, and continue to appeal to today's visually oriented users.This book offers the best coverage of basic graphics principles and an unmatched set of fully machinable working drawings.For professions that utilize the skills of engineering graphics/technical drawing and drafting/technical sketching. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best sources available
    This book is loaded with technical information for the dratsman and designer. A must have for anyone who is in the mechanical technology field.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best text books ever written...
    This text was the basic drafting manual that I used during my technical education; its use did not end with school, however, since I refer to it frequently in my occupation. It tells everything that needs to be explained and described in the general drawing problems that might be encountered in industrial practice. It contains excellent descriptions and illustrations for: Drawing Threads, Fasteners & Springs Geometric Constructions Clear, Concise instructions in using Drafting Instruments, (before the time of Computer Aided Drafting & Desing, in any case). An Excellent overview of the Industrial Design & Development Process, (which I wish my supervisors would read). Sectional Drawing. This book is to drafting what Machinery's Handbook, of the Industrial Press, is to the metal working industries. There are a variety of Drafting Textbooks available, but none are incrementally better, let alone drasticaly better. ... Read more


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