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Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 12th Edition 12th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1591260493
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  • Hardcover: 1296 pages
  • Publisher: Professional Publications, Inc.; 12 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591260493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591260493
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.7 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although the MERM and other PPI materials are helpful there are several things about them I wish I was aware of before purchase (Note, I probably still would have purchased them, but it would have been a more informed choice). First, I bought the 12th edition with the intent of using it alone as a reference and source of review problems. I did not want to get the 'Practice Problem Solution Manual' since I didn't think I'd need solutions too. I was dissapointed to find that after opening the MERM 12th edition the first thing I read is the practice problems are removed, causing me to buy the Practice Problem book. Since the 12th edition retailed for the same as the 11th I don't see any gain from the 12th edition. Plus there is no errata published for it yet. The MERM itself is primarily useful now as a summary to give you a sense of how to study (don't get me wrong, this is still very important). Otherwise all of the information is contained in Mark's or other handbooks. The information in the PE MERM is taken directly from the FE/EIT reference manual also sold by PPI. It is also repeated in the Civil PE review manual and I'd imagine the others. Hence PPI is mainly marketing about one book in many different configurations. This is likely what leads to the issues associated with the practice exam being in SI and English units instead of just English.
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Lindeburg has done a great job at pulling together everything you'll see on the PE Mechanical exam. The format of the 12th edition is better than the 11th. The 11th included extra problems at the end of each chapter. Though this is helpful for studying, it clutters up the book and adds extra pages to thumb through during the exam. Edition 12 moved the problems at the end of the chapter to another book ("Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam" - which I also recommend).

The book isn't perfect. You will find errata. Most of it is covered in the errata sheets on ppi2pass. Take an hour to look at the errata sheet and transfer the corrections to the book.

All in all, if you read each chapter and then work the associated practice problems, you should be able to pass the exam. The nice thing about this book is the fact that it is up to date with the exam. This is not true of some of the review classes you can take. I paid $1,750 for a class at Renssalaer in Hartford. I should have just taken the money and flushed it down the drain. The class was out-dated (the teacher kept giving examples of problems he remembered from when each question was 1 hour long). He also kept teaching us subjects and then saying "You probably won't see this on the exam". Talk about a waste of time. Also, the class claimed that the Lindeburg book was the official text. It wasn't. The official text was a 3 ring binder full of the teachers barely readable (they were copies of copies of copies of copies....) notes. Anyway, enough ranting about that. If you want to take a class, make sure you talk to someone who's taken it before, and make sure it teaches out of the Lindeburg book.

Also, as soon as you start studying, buy an approved calculator.
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I used this book along with the class and the key is to get familiar with the book. Passed the PE on the first try. I still use the book as my primary reference it's that good! Unfortunately, the book doesn't talk to you, or transfer material by osmosis so you still need to take the time and read it. The book doesn't cover fundamentals(if you need this, get the FE book). It gives you cookbook formulas and information needed to solve about 90% of the problems. It may be wise to take a PE refresher course to help walk you through the material. As for the errors, the publisher posts the errata/corrections on the web and keeps it updated. There is also a solutions manual for the book, I highly recommend this if you are preparing for the PE.
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This manual covers every topic you're going to find on the 8-hour NCEES PE exam. It is married to the Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam: A Companion to the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual, 12th Edition so both books are vital to your preparation. I started studying about 2 months prior to the April '09 exam and worked problems almost every evening. As I went along I created labels for the important sections such as fan equations, pipe flow, fatigue loading, etc. I also used the inside blank pages to write out formulas that I felt I would need during the exam. Keep in mind that you have only 6 minutes per problem and the quicker you can get to the correct formula the better your chances of completing the exam, so tabbing this book is very helpful.

The first page of this manual is conversion factors. I'd recommend adding to this list as you are studying because it is not all-inclusive and many of the exam questions try to trip you up by giving you information in 'strange' units. For instance, they'll give you power in kW and expect an answer in ft/min or they'll give pressure in inches of water and you'll need to convert it to atmospheres. The second page is physical constants like air density and the universal gas constant, R. Add to this list as you study along because the exam will expect you to know the other 'constants' such as the density of steel, aluminum, and concrete.
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