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Mechanics of Machines Hardcover – Mar 16 2005

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Har/Cdr edition (March 16 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195154525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195154528
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 2.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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630 halftones & line illus.

About the Author

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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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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Based on my curriculum this text worked well for me at UoT. I would recommend this text for sure.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xb281372c) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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HASH(0xb284318c) out of 5 stars Worst textbook of my college career Oct. 4 2010
By RyanRF - Published on
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.

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

-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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb28431e0) out of 5 stars This is possibly the worst book to ever be printed. Dec 1 2010
By Alex G - Published on
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2843618) out of 5 stars Poor layout and examples Oct. 28 2008
By Michael P. Lloyd - Published on
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.
HASH(0xb28439d8) out of 5 stars Wow, Just Get the 2nd Edition, I Promise Feb. 18 2016
By mariama - Published on
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Man oh man! We all know the struggle of buying textbooks for class. I'm not even sure why engineering textbooks are so expensive. For that reason I decided to rent the 1st edition of this book instead of spending more money on renting the 2nd edition.

WRONG IDEA! Please, save your money and buy/rent the 2nd edition. Obviously the content is the same, however the way it is presented is different. The 2nd edition gives more examples, visuals, text. This 1st edition, bruhhhh, it's horrible. Not enough content to make sure you grasp the material. With that being said, I will be returning it.

We all know that there's a science behind why publishers charge $$$ for a new edition of a book a year later. However, I understand why the 2nd edition is so much money in this instance. The 1st edition was published in 2005 and the 2nd edition was publish almost 10 years later, so there was a lot of improvement. In addition, my professor worked under Cleghorn and provided the solutions to examples and personally feels the 2nd edition should be bought over the 1st. Happy studying ya'll.
HASH(0xb2843984) out of 5 stars Yes, it's the worst. March 20 2013
By cp2009 - Published on
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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.