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Design of Machinery with Student Resource DVD (McGraw-Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering) [Hardcover]

Robert Norton
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March 30, 2011 007742171X 978-0077421717 5
Robert L. Norton's fifth edition of DESIGN OF MACHINERY continues the tradition of this best-selling book through its balanced coverage of analysis and design and outstanding use of realistic engineering examples. Through its reader-friendly style of writing, clear exposition of complex topics, and emphasis on synthesis and design, the text succeeds in conveying the art of design as well as the use of modern tools needed for analysis of the kinematics and dynamics of machinery. Topics are explained verbally and visually, often through the use of software, to enhance student understanding.

Accompanying each copy of the book is an updated DVD that includes the LINKAGES software package, updated DYNACAM, as well as ENGINE and MATRIX programs. A six-month license for the Working Model program is available for a nominal charge from the website. Additionally, the DVD contains many videos and classroom resources to help instructors and students.


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  • Series: McGraw-Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering
  • Hardcover: 857 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 5 edition (March 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007742171X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077421717
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert L. Norton earned undergraduate degrees in both mechanical engineering and industrial technology at Northeastern University and an MS in engineering design at Tufts University. He was also granted an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from WPI. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts. He has extensive industrial experience in engineering design and manufacturing and many years' experience teaching mechanical engineering, engineering design, computer science, and related subjects at Northeastern University, Tufts University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

At Polaroid Corporation for 10 years, he designed cameras, related mechanisms, and high-speed automated machinery. He spent three years at Jet Spray Cooler Inc., designing food-handling machinery and products. For five years he helped develop artificial-heart and noninvasive assisted-circulation devices at the Tufts New England Medical Center and Boston City Hospital. Since leaving industry to join academia, he has continued as an independent consultant on engineering projects ranging from disposable medical products to high-speed production machinery. He holds 13 U.S. patents.

Norton has been on the faculty of Worcester Polytechnic Institute since 1981 and is now Milton Prince Higgins II Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical engineering with emphasis on design, kinematics, vibrations, and dynamics of machinery for 31 years there.

He is the author of numerous technical papers and journal articles covering kinematics, dynamics of machinery, cam design and manufacturing, computers in education, and engineering education and of the texts Design of Machinery, 5ed, Machine Design: An Integrated Approach, 4ed, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery, 2ed, and the Cam Design and Manufacturing Handbook, 2ed. Several of these books have been translated into numerous languages. He is a Fellow and life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. In 2007, he was chosen as a U. S. Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, who jointly present the only national awards for teaching excellence given in the United States of America.

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars marginal at best November 3, 2011
By Will
Format:Hardcover
This is not a good book to learn with. Maybe it was my instructors methods that were terrible, but this book only seemed to add to the misery. I've never used a textbook that told you to see a figure that is over 100 pages away. I don't know if there are any figures that are actually on the same pages in the textbook. Maybe that seemed like a good idea to a publisher or the authors of this book, but when you are trying to solve a problem in chapter 6 on page 320 and I quote the book "use the angles and positions found for the same linkage and its link 2 position in Example 4-2 (p. 193)"
I'm sure it's great if you have a photographic memory. For me it sucked.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst Engineering books I have used May 17, 2013
By Pikey
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I am currently a senior working toward me ME degree. This is the worst book that I have had to use. The author references diagrams from chapter 1 when you are in chapter 7, so you are constantly flipping pages back and forth. Not that big of a deal, right? That is what I thought until I actually had to do it. It stinks. There are typos EVERYWHERE in this book. Not to mention that almost 1/4 of the diagrams have at least one mislabeled "element", whether it be a position vector or an incorrectly marked "Omega". Having "omega 2" located on 3 different points of a link system is not correct. They should have been labeled "omega 2", "omega 3"....... I know that the author has been writing text books for over 20 years. It is sad when an engineering student that is trying to grasp kinematic concepts is constantly finding inconsistency in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average book. Not fantastic and not bad either. October 31, 2013
By Sam
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I read this book for the first part of my class to better grasp the concepts in my class. After reading first few chapters, I realized that this book has quite a lot of information so it is useful in that manner. However, for my class specifically this book went more in depth than my class did so I ended up not reading it after about the first month and a half of the semester. With that being said it is overall not a bad book, but from my experience if you are a mechanical engineering student you might want to hold off on buying books for your design classes since they do not seem to use the book very often.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent textbook at a decent price February 28, 2013
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I'm not too far into this book yet, but so far it seems to be a pretty standard undergrad level engineering textbook.

I do get annoyed when I have to flip between pages because a figure is on one page and it's description is on another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 11, 2014
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Great Job!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book June 16, 2014
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I guess its an okay book considering the topic is very difficult. The examples aren't the best and could definitely be improved on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Design January 17, 2014
By FAVIO
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This is a good book used in my engineering class. has a lot of good information. Good book for manufacturing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book January 17, 2014
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Had many examples to problems in book that helped understand material. Also had the software needed in the cd in the back of the book that helped you see what you were doing.
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