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Machine Design: An Integrated Approach (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131481909
ISBN-10: 0131481908
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A thorough and comprehensive textbook on machine design that emphasizes both failure theory and analysis as well as emphasizing the synthesis and design aspects of machine elements. The book points out the commonality of the analytical approaches needed to design a wide variety of elements and emphasizes the use of computer-aided engineering as an approach to the design and analysis of these classes of problems. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A thorough and comprehensive book dealing with machine design that emphasizes both failure theory and analysis as well as emphasizing the synthesis and design aspects of machine elements. The book points out the commonality of the analytical approaches needed to design a wide variety of elements and emphasizes the use of computer-aided engineering as an approach to the design and analysis of these classes of problems.

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  • NEW—The text has been made independent of any software package.
  • NEW—TKSOLVER models of all examples and case studies are included in the CD-ROM.
  • NEW—Updated MathCAD models of all examples and case studies are included in the CD-ROM.
  • NEW—All examples and case studies have been redone, and some expanded to make their presentations more detailed.
  • NEW—The numbers of problems has been increased by roughly 25%.
  • NEW—Some sections of the text have included augmented figures, discussion or explanation.
  • May be used without the accompanying software and models with no detriment to understanding.
  • May be used in conjunction with TKSOLVER models and programs provided on the CD-ROM.
  • May be used in conjunction with the MathCAD models and engine provided on the CD-ROM.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 984 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (May 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131481908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131481909
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Norton is an awesome resource. For students going to college it may seem overwhelming. But it is the MOST up to date text on the market on the subject of Machine Design. While taking the PE exam I compared Shigley vs Norton on information, and Norton had all the answers. The author has done a monumental job in bringing the vast spectrum of Machine Design in a very well composed book. I have yet to come across a resource like Norton. In fact, I recommend this book to practicing engineers. Almost every section of the book has real world value. Its worth having on the shelf. I was always into Shigley but Norton is more in line with industry practice as opposed to academic excercises as presented by Shigley.
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Format: Hardcover
The book has excellent procedure and theory development and explanation. The end of the chapter problems need extreme help. The questions are redundant, unclear, and are built upon from answers of previous chapter problems, sometimes requiring answering a question from chapters 2, 4, 5, and 6 to get a final answer in a chapter 7 question. Many answers in the back of the book are incorrect, about (50%). Looks like Norton had his TA do his problems.
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I bought this book used from amazon for about $50, this was an excellent purchase and the book is fairly well written. There are some discrepancies in the text regarding to examples of the different methods, but overall it is an excellent book. The shipping was on time.
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By a reader on November 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The best review for this book is in the autor's preface:

"This textbook is designed to be an improvement over those currently available and to provide methods and techniques that take full advantage of the graphics microcomputer. It emphasizes design and synthesis as well as analysis. Example problems, case studies, and solution techniques are spelled out in detail.

While this book attempts to be thorough and complete on the engineering-mechanics topics of failure theory and analysis, it also emphasizes the synthesis and design aspects of the subject to a greater degree than most other texts in print on this subject. It points out the commonality of the analytical approaches needed to design a wide variety of elements and emphasizes the use of computer-aided engineering as an approach to the design and analysis of these classes of problems."
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Format: Hardcover
If you really want to learn and understand mechanical design, Mr. Norton is generous, he teachs everything there is to know. The chapters introduction it's something beyond you can expect from an engineering book. You must have it...
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Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book only because Nortons book was required for a Machine Elements class I'm taking. I am not particularly fond of the text though because I feel Norton in ineffective at explaining the material, so I would suggest another book if possible.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is very poorly written. Robert Norton wrote several text books on machine design, and one of the things I've noticed is he doesnt include everything from one book in another which confuses me. It especially confuses me when working on homework problems from this book and the only way to get the accurate solution is to use equations and theories used in his OTHER book. Additionally, like in other reviews, there are several assumption that need to be made in order to solve questions. Most of these assumptions are not common sense, especially not for students who do not know the material yet.

Also, he derives several equations in his example solutions in the book and does not state where he got the derivations from so you get very confused as to where he is getting his equations from. Does not do a good job of explaining his thought process as he explains examples. If you have not worked on problems from the beginning you will not be able to solve the problems later in the book.

For those missing the CD, do not worry. All that is really on it are MathCAD solution files from the examples performed in the chapters. If you just read the book you see the same thing except not written using MathCAD.

I have used this book for four years (only because I have to at my school) and covered it from cover to cover several times and every time I do I find more errors. Not a very good book at all.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is great, it includes lots of information, many examples and real case studies that show you how these concepts can be applied. There is a ton of information in this book and defiantly a great source to have for reference. I did get a CD in mine, and seems to work just fine.

As for the downsides, many examples are repeated. vice grips, certain setups of shafts, etc. This is annoying because it doesn't express diversity.

also there are a lot of vague questions, with not very well stated parameters. If the professor understands and embraces this then it is good because it allows you to do some real design engineering where you have to make assumptions. again the prof has to understand this as your answers may vary due to assumptions. I had to learn to annotate my answers to describe every step and assumption.

overall it is a good book, but seems to lack explanation in a couple areas, but much better than the last book i used, Theory of Machines and Mechanisms by John Joseph Uicker. that book is no good!
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