- Series: Quick Reference
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: PPI, A Kaplan Company; Fifth Edition, New edition (April 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591264162
- ISBN-13: 978-1591264163
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quick Reference for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam, 5th Ed Fifth Edition, New Edition
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Although the book is great, and there probably isn't a better quick reference manual, I have to give it 3 stars because I think it is missing a very important factor that I think would make this book perfect. The reference manual (not just this version, the previous versions as well) does not have the nomenclature, symbols and subscript list (with units) that is at the beginning of each MERM chapter for each section of equations. The equations in each chapter use a set of letters to identify different terms, however each chapter might use different letters, or symbols, and those terms might be in different units. For example, v for velocity might be assumed to be ft/min in one chapter and then ft/s in the next chapter. Of course, as you write out the equation and use the formula, you will include the units and make sure they work out, BUT when time is tight on the PE exam and you want to double check yourself, it would be nice to have the reference to the nomenclature list with units. For the test, I brought in a photo copy of the first page of each MERM chapter (which has this list) and brought it in. It helped me out a lot and gave me one less thing to think about while trying to "rush" through the exam.
If you're familiar with the CRANE Flow of Fluids book, you know that they have this nomenclature/units list up front. This Quick Ref for the ME PE exam should be updated. Even if I pass the PE, I would personally buy the updated version anyway to use for work.
Cons: The variables are not defined in this book! This book also has no thermodynamic tables and has only a few properties.
It will work for you if you can also get your hands on a copy of the full reference with the variable definitions, and property tables. Still, you have to spend valuable prep time transferring symbol definitions that could have simply been printed at the beginning of each section.