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Mechanics of Machines [Hardcover]

W. L. Cleghorn
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March 16 2005 0195154525 978-0195154528 Har/Cdr
Mechanics of Machines is designed for undergraduate courses in kinematics and dynamics of machines. It covers the basic concepts of gears, gear trains, the mechanics of rigid bodies, and graphical and analytical kinematic analyses of planar mechanisms. In addition, the text describes a procedure for designing disc cam mechanisms, discusses graphical and analytical force analyses and balancing of planar mechanisms, and illustrates common methods for the synthesis of mechanisms. Each chapter concludes with a selection of problems of varying length and difficulty. SI Units and US Customary Units are employed. An appendix presents twenty-six design projects based on practical, real-world engineering situations. These may be ideally solved using Working Model software. A CD-ROM, included in every copy of this book, contains virtual moving models of a wide range of machines, including engines, meshing gears, cam mechanisms, intermittent motion mechanisms, pumps, shaft couplings, locks, braking systems, threaded connections, and a synchronizer. Most of these models are three-dimensional and allow the user to highlight a component or process of interest as well as alter both the point-of-view and zoom during the simulated motion. In addition, icons in the book's margins enable the reader to readily identify the corresponding files on the CD-ROM.

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W. L. Cleghorn is Professor and Clarice Chalmers Chair of Engineering Design at the University of Toronto. He has taught subjects in mechanics and design for over twenty years, and holds numerous teaching awards.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful text Sept. 4 2013
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Based on my curriculum this text worked well for me at UoT. I would recommend this text for sure.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Fast and a great deal Sept. 28 2009
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I literally had this book in my hands in 70 hours from ordering it and the price was half of what it is at my school's book store. Excellent!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Worst textbook of my college career Oct. 4 2010
By RyanRF - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This text is easily the worst textbook I've ever used. Unless this specific textbook is required for a course, do not buy it. If you are a professor considering using this text for a class, do not buy it.

Pros:
-smaller than other engineering textbooks
-cheaper than other engineering textbooks
-covers relevant topics in the dynamics of machines/mechanisms

Cons:
-too few examples, and examples are explained poorly
-not enough explanation of problem solving methodology
-included software is glitchy
-answers section in back of book contains only about 3 solutions per chapter, and not a single diagram

Bottom Line: It is impossible to use this book to teach yourself the subject. You will get stuck when you first attempt to draw cognates in chapter 1, and it's a downward spiral from then onward. If you're forced to use this book for a class, may God have mercy on your soul.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is possibly the worst book to ever be printed. Dec 1 2010
By Alex G - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is by far the worst book I've ever used in any engineering course. Its only use is kindling to start a fire. Unless required to purchase for a class do not, I repeat do not buy this book. The examples aren't helpful and a solutions manual is impossible to find. It will be impossible to use this book to learn the subject by yourself and nearly impossible to learn with the help of an instructor.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor layout and examples Oct. 28 2008
By Michael P. Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In this book you spend considerable amounts of time trying match up figures and problems. The problem statements and the pictures or diagrams for problems are often not in close proximity or even on the same page. The example problems do not explain how to do the real problems. Nice and light though. Easy to carry.
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's the worst. March 20 2013
By cp2009 - Published on Amazon.com
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Believe the negative reviews. I consider myself a pretty good student and can usually pick up material on my own via textbook but this one wasn't one of them. For a course like this, solving problems is the main focus and as a result example problems presented in the textbook need to be clear and helpful. Sadly they are neither. Examples are presented with minimal explanations of how they came to a particular value or solution. Its almost like you are expected to just divine how they come to the answers. Also, many of the assigned problems at the end of the chapters that are usually assigned for homework are a degree of difficulty harder than the example problems. Working on assignments becomes a frustrating experience and I honestly did not learn as much as I was looking forward to.

This was a required text for my class and I had to buy it but once it was over, I promptly resold it.
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Executed Feb. 11 2013
By Sloan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I see others have said it and I will have to confirm it. This is THE WORST text book I have ever tried to study from. I am sure if you already knew the subject well, it may seem like a nice book. However, the text seems to blow through material and presents a sea of formulas for a sea of different scenarios. The best part is there is not a solutions manual to be found. It becomes nearly impossible to solve some of these problems without constantly nagging the instructor, and looking like a fool in the process. Note to potential authors, if you are not willing to supply a solutions manual for your book, make it a step by step approach so the majority of people can follow it. If you can avoid this book do so.
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