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Monday, January 7, 2019

Basic of Mechanical Engineering: Integrating-Science-Technology and Common Sense


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If you’re reading this book, you’re probably already enrolled in an introductory university course in Mechanical Engineering. The primary goals of this textbook are, to provide you, the student,
with:
1. An understanding of what Mechanical Engineering is and to a lesser extent what it is not
2. Some useful tools that will stay with you throughout your engineering education and career
3. A brief but significant introduction to the major topics of Mechanical Engineering and enough understanding of these topics so that you can relate them to each other
4. A sense of common sense

The challenge is to accomplish these objectives without overwhelming you so much that you won’t
be able to retain the most important concepts.

In regards to item 2 above, I remember nothing about some of my university courses, even in cases where I still use the information I learned therein. In others I remember “factoids” that I still use. One goal of this textbook is to provide you with a set of useful factoids so that even if you don’t remember any specific words or figures from this text, and don’t even remember where you learned these factoids, you still retain them and apply them when appropriate.

In regards to item 3 above, in particular the relationships between topics, this is one area where I feel engineering faculty (myself included) do not do a very good job. Time and again, I find that students learn something in class A, and this information is used with different terminology or in a different context in class B, but the students don’t realize they already know the material and can exploit that knowledge. As the old saying goes, “We get too soon old and too late smart…” Everyone says to themselves several times during their education, “oh… that’s so easy… why didn’t the book [or instructor] just say it that way…” I hope this text will help you to get smarter sooner and older later.

Content:-
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FOREWORD
NOMENCLATURE
CHAPTER 1. WHAT IS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING?
CHAPTER 2. UNITS
CHAPTER 3. “ENGINEERING SCRUTINY”
CHAPTER 4. FORCES IN STRUCTURES
CHAPTER 5. MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
CHAPTER 6. FLUID MECHANICS
CHAPTER 7. THERMAL AND ENERGY SYSTEMS
CHAPTER 8. WRITTEN AND ORAL COMMUNICATION
APPENDIX A. DESIGN PROJECTS
APPENDIX B. PROBLEM-SOLVING METHODOLOGY
APPENDIX C. EXCEL TUTORIAL
APPENDIX D. STATISTICS


Author Details
"Paul D. Ronney" 
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Southern California



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