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Kinematics, Dynamics, and Design of Machinery Hardcover – September 18, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0471583998 ISBN-10: 0471583995 Edition: 1st

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A perfect refresher on the kinematics and dynamics of machinery. The book uses analytical techniques, without complex mathematics, in the design of mechanical devices. Included with the book is a set of programs, written in MATLAB, which can be run to illustrate kinematics principles. The source code is also provided so readers can modify and customize the programs.

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Waldron and Kinzel Integrate Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery into the design of Mechanical Systems Waldron and Kinzel bring over 25 years of outstanding research contributions and teaching experiences to provide a very modern approach to the study of mechanisms and machines. Their unique backgrounds are reflected in the text, in that they provide an integrated treatment to a set of seemingly diverse topics, such as planar mechanisms, spatial mechanisms and robotics. Their emphasis on both analytical and graphical methods sets the stage so that students can readily transform problems into computer algorithms. Key features:
  • Several real-world problems are included to show students how to apply the basic principles in a realistic setting. Examples range from well-established applications to high-end one-of-a-kind systems such as Adaptive Suspension Vehicle.
  • Text includes a commercially available, easy-to-program package (MATLAB) that allows students (and professors) to tackle real-world problems. Using MATLAB along with this book will allow students to adapt the basic modules provided to solve realistic engineering problems.
  • Both graphical and analytical methods are emphasized throughout the text. While graphical methods are easier to visualize and better for back of the envelope calculations, analytical methods lend themselves to computer calculations. The authors advocate a unique balance.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471583995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471583998
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,900,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tovi on February 20, 2011
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This is basically the worst book ever, but it was required for a class, so I bought it.
It's a paperback, which is a TERRIBLE design decision for a book of this weight and size. If you can possibly buy this in hardcover, it's worth any additional charge, believe me.
There is no solutions manual, and there are mistakes EVERYWHERE throughout this book.
Terrible terrible miserable awful depressing book.
At least I'm a senior, so I won't have to buy wretched required books like these any longer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Burns on April 25, 2011
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The graphical approaches given in this book are a great way to learn the material and this is something that is sorely missing in other texts in this subject. However, this does not compensate for the fact that this book was poorly edited and contains numerous errors (present in both editions). I do not recommend this book to students or to interested professionals.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NoOne on June 30, 2006
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This textbook is horrible! There are no solutions to any of the problems at the end of the chapter. The solutions to the example problems are miserable as well. It gives you a diagram for a system of bars and doesn't explain why they count n links or j joints or anything. If you take a course requiring this book, think again.
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