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Theory and Design for Mechanical Measurements Hardcover – November 16, 2010

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ISBN-13: 978-0470547410 ISBN-10: 0470547413 Edition: 5th

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Offers a thorough grounding in the theory of engineering measurements and measurement system performance. Combines measurement science and instrumentation with the design of measurement systems, emphasizing test plan design. Integrates the statistical nature of measured variables and uncertainty analysis and features numerous examples. This revised edition contains a new chapter on sampling concepts and data acquisition systems plus substantial additions on force, torque and power measurements. Includes refined sections on statistics and experimental design as well as a glossary of new terms. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons; 5th edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470547413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470547410
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Safety on April 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've been using this book for a senior level instrumentation and design course and really dislike the way the material is presented. Many times, while I was re-reading or scanning through the material for assistance on the chapter problems, I would find that the sections I needed most had the least amount of detail. This was particularly true for the chapters on statistics where things were poorly explained and conclusions seemed to appear out of thin air. Not only that but there are mathematical and logical errors throughout the book, (moreso in the statistics sections again). I even consulted with a statistics professor on some problems, and he would say, on more than one occasion, that the approach in the book was incorrect.

Our professor routinely answers examples with the provided solution manual, and we, the students, have called him out for solving these problems incorrectly multiple times. I distinctly remember various Fourier series and transforms being done incorrectly, and multitudes of algebraic mistakes throughout the semester.

I wish I had known earlier that this book would have been a waste of $170.00. I've bought physics books with 4-times as much information for less than this book. There's no reason for the publisher or authors to charge this much for a book that is of this quality. The exact same information is in the older editions, with only the chapter problems changed here and there. In all honesty, you're probably better off finding a good statistics book, a solid mathematics textbook (Engineering Mathematics by Peter O'Neil), and a circuits book rather than buying this. I could almost guarantee that you would end up spending a similar amount of money but have much more quality information.

If at all possible, stay away from this thing. If you must buy this book, see if you can at least save some cash and get an older edition.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Engineer on November 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
While this book is fairly comprehensive and covers most of the material in a complete course on experimental design and analysis it is riddled with errors. There are at least three or four significant misprints in each chapter (most of the most egregious are in the statistics chapter).

I have been using this book to teach a junior level course to mechanical engineers and will not be using it any more. The mistakes really confuse and frustrate the students.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on December 20, 2012
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I used this book for my mechanical measurements class and my professor was constantly correcting errors in the book. Some of the errors were on the basic principle formulas of the section it was in. As an example a very fundamental equation of mechanical engineering, "Poisson's Ratio", was incorrect in this book. These types of errors are unacceptable in a textbook for this level of study.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Metal Bug on October 4, 2011
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This book though is titled "Theory and ......Measurement" giving an impression that it is meant only for Mechanical Engineers, but it is extremely useful any professional having to do even little with Science and Mathematics. I am an Aerospace Engineer. This book is one of the master pieces. There are so many topics in this book, which are so important and dealt with so well. The topics Statistical Analysis, Signal Conditioning, Uncertainty Analysis, Data Acquisition, Fourier Analysis are excellent and ENLIGHTENING. I am glad I bought this book and will keep this book my whole life.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I used the 2nd edition of this book while in engineering labs at Clemson and now use the 2nd and now 3rd edition in my test engineering work. I find myself being able to go into it and pulling out enough information to get me going on a new test design project. The stuff on uncertainty cannot be found elsewhere and useful. One of the better real-world texts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob on February 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is well written but it does require that you pay attention and think. I found this book to be very useful to understand engineering measurements. After three engineering coop internships, I enjoyed some rationale for methods I learned in practice. Lots of examples. Some of the Labview programs were helpful. One of the more useful texts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JBitt on January 23, 2013
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I originally put 3 stars, but then I realized that I was downgrading for the subject material. I did not enjoy this class at all, but the book was actually pretty good.

Concepts are well explained. I wish there were more examples, but the ones present are good ones. Writing is a little dry, even for an engineering textbook - but again, that might just be my take on the material.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David J. Rowe on March 6, 2007
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I would recommend this book to every beginning engineer and experimentalist. The book is full of examples, derivations, and lots of questions. It does require that you actually read it to get anything out of it, but the best feature is the online material, with MATLAB programs, videos, and additional material. I have found this book is very enjoyable to teach out of, and given future opportunities I will use it much more.
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