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1. Practice Problems for the Mechanical
2. Shigley's Mechanical Engineering
3. Mechanical Engineering Reference
4. Mechanical Engineering Formulas
5. Mechanical Engineering Principles
6. Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices
7. An Introduction to Mechanical
8. Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical
9. Aerodynamics of Wings and Bodies
10. 101 Solved Mechanical Engineering
11. Engineering with Excel (3rd Edition)
12. Engineering Formulas
13. Mechanical and Electrical Systems
14. Mechanical Design Handbook, Second
15. Piping and Pipeline Engineering:
16. Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering
17. An Introduction to Mechanical
18. Mechanical Engineering: Problems
19. Mechanical Discipline-Specific
20. Mechanical Engineering Reference

1. Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam: A Companion to the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual, 12th Edition
by Michael R Lindeburg
Paperback: 592 Pages (2006-06-01)
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Asin: 1591260507
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The best way to prepare for the mechanical PE exam is to solve problems--the more problems the better. Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam provides you with the breadth-and-depth problem-solving practice you need to successfully prepare for the exam.Build your confidence and improve your problem-solving skills
  • More than 500 problems, similar in format and difficulty to the actual exam
  • Coordinated with the chapters of the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual
  • Step-by-step solutions explain how to reach the correct answers most efficiently
  • Comprehensive coverage of exam topics
"The Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual, along with the Practice Problems and the Sample Exam, successfully prepared me for the exam."--Adam Ross, PE, Mechanical Engineer
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Customer Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Part of PE prep.
I bought this as a portion of my prep work for the Mechanical PE exam.I could not have prepared and passed without it.The key to passing is to doing as many practice problems as you can get your hands on.It was particularly helpful in the AM section of the exam.ASME publishes a similar product that is more specific to AM and PM sessions, but I didn't use it and have no knowledge of how good or bad it is.I feel that this reference was instrumental in my preparations for passing the PE exam and would highly recommend it to anyone aspiring to take it.Now, one thing worth looking at is the price difference in purchasing this product here at Amazon or directly from [...] as a part of a package.One good thing about purchasing directly from PPI is that if you have any defects with the book, they will replace it for free- I experienced this with my MERM.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have It
This is an absolute must have for anyone taking the Mechanical PE.This (and the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual) is the only thing I used to study for the exam and passed the first time.It shows the solutions to all the practice problems in the MERM and works them out in great detail.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money.
This was very helpful in reviewing for the PE.It goes through every step so you can figure out how they arrived at the solution to the problems in the review book.I don't know that I will use it as a day-to-day reference but I keep it available just in case.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent refresher material
Very good companion to the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for PE exam preparation.Many of the problems are more involved than you would expect for a timed exam, but they help to build the methodology required for analytical problems across mechanical engineering subject matter.I highly recommend this book as part of a comprehensive exam preparation plan.

1-0 out of 5 stars You don't need this book
This is a book of sample problems for the PE exam, except that they are already in the main book! The main book by the way is Awesome! ... Read more

2. Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design (Mcgraw-Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering)
by Richard Budynas, Keith Nisbett
Hardcover: 1104 Pages (2010-01-29)
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Asin: 0073529281
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Shigley’s Mechanical Engineering Design is intended for students beginning the study of mechanical engineering design.Students will find that the text inherently directs them into familiarity with both the basics of design decisions and the standards of industrial components.It combines the straightforward focus on fundamentals that instructors have come to expect, with a modern emphasis on design and new applications.

The ninth edition of Shigley’s Mechanical Engineering Design maintains the approach that has made this book the standard in machine design for nearly 50 years. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars Engineering Review by Halley
My first experience with Shigley's Mechanical Engineering was in college when the book was required for one of my classes.This was back around the 1972 time frame.I kept that book and used it, along with several other colleagues, to the point where the book was falling to pieces.At this point I decided to brake down and buy the latest version which has much more information.If you do any kind of stress analysis work, Shigley's is a must have book.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book is not good
This book is very ambiguous and has many wrong answers in the back of the book.For a student that struggles with this topic, it is very misleading and frustrating when the answers provided are wrong.

4-0 out of 5 stars Shigley's !
Haven't gotten too far in the book, but so far, it's a very organized, well written book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Condition
This book is amazing it has everything engineers need to know for Mechanical Systems.It is one of the few engineering books that I will keep forever

4-0 out of 5 stars Informative, but not a stand-alone text
I purchased this book for my ENGM400:Mechanical Engineering Design class.I gained a lot from that class, but that was LARGELY due to a very experienced professor with excellent presentation abilities.This textbook is filled with useful information, but without a professional to explain how to use many of the concepts presented, it is nearly useless.Until you have been taught the purpose of various tables and charts, and guided through the methods of analyzing many of the problems contained inside, this book will only confuse you.

The book does provide many excellent examples, but unfortunately some of these are severely lacking in explanation, leaving you to puzzle over WHY the authors chose to solve problems the way they did; other problem types are completely missing a corresponding example and are just as confusing.

Obviously, if this textbook is a requirement for your class, reading this review won't persuade you not to buy it. To be honest, I would actually recommend buying it rather than borrowing or leasing, because once you have been instructed in its use it has a ton of helpful information and I have been using it for reference at my place of employment.However, don't expect to pick it up as something to read for knowledge without a course to accompany it. ... Read more

3. Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 12th Edition
by Michael R Lindeburg
Hardcover: 1296 Pages (2006-06-01)
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Asin: 1591260493
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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As the most comprehensive reference and study guide available for engineers preparing for the breadth-and-depth mechanical PE examination, the twelfth edition of the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual provides a concentrated review of the exam topics.

Thousands of important equations and methods are shown and explained throughout the Reference Manual, plus hundreds of examples with detailed solutions demonstrate how to use these equations to correctly solve problems on the mechanical PE exam. Dozens of key charts, tables, and graphs, including updated steam tables and two new charts of LMTD heat exchanger correction factors, make it possible to work most exam problems using the Reference Manual alone. A complete, easy-to-use index saves you valuable time during the exam as it helps you quickly locate important information needed to solve problems.


Since 1975 more than 2 million people preparing for their engineering, surveying, architecture, LEED®, interior design, and landscape architecture exams have entrusted their exam prep to PPI. For more information, visit us at www.ppi2pass.com.

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Customer Reviews (31)

4-0 out of 5 stars good reference during the exam
If you don't already have a favorite book you go to for reference, this one will cover most of your bases during the exam. I should have walked in with just a calculator and this book.

It is also OK to jog your memory as you study the topics, but if you didn't understand the topic when you were in school, you won't understand it from this book either.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice but written a bid redundantly
I like this book overall. It is very well organized, indexed, and contains just the right depth of information to act as a reference. The practice exam based on this book is way harder than the real thing. I would definitely recommend it as a reference. For studying, I think it has too much depth - you will end up spending way more time than needed and be over-prepared. You are better off taking a prep class at a local universityI bought this book near the end of my study for the PE exam - about a month before the test. However, it made looking up information so much easier than my other references, that I used it as my primary reference during the exam (along with Machinery's Handbook, and notes from a preparation class).

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than the PE 03 Class at Rensselaer in Hartford
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.It will be your best friend during the exam and you will need to be 100% familiar with it.Use it every day and get use to its functions.I have the Casio fx-115 ES.It served me well during the FE exam and the PE exam.Also, buy 2 of them.You must have an identical spare!You don't want your main calculator to die during the exam and then try to use a calculator you found laying in the bottom of your junk drawer.It will slow you down if you're not 100% familiar with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars good deal
book in very good shape, it is an old edition, but so what, the concepts are the same.

1-0 out of 5 stars good content, terrible book
This book had good points and bad points.

The Good:

Excellent review content
In combination with the practice problems, this is a very good preparation tool

The Bad:

- No practice problems in the text itself.
- PPI2Pass is no longer a friendly web sight and is entirely there to make money, be prepared to spend a lot if you want to use the site content
- Book Binding was TERRIBLE.my book was literally falling apart after 8 months of use.I have college textbooks that saw far heavier use and abuse over the course of 2 years that still have all of their pages.I am currently holding my pages in with scotch tape.
- There are equivalent products available from ASME that are better constructed and about the same price.Additionally, their video exam prep course is about $100 less than PPI's equivalent study course and is actually readily available

In hind sight, I would have opted for the ASME solution and never have gone with the PPI product. ... Read more

4. Mechanical Engineering Formulas Pocket Guide (Mcgraw-Hill Pocket Reference)
by Tyler Hicks
Paperback: 290 Pages (2003-01-29)
list price: US$41.95 -- used & new: US$29.64
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Asin: 0071356096
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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*Designed with an on-the-go format, this indispensable guide puts thousands of formulas in the palm of your hand
*Contains a broad range of formulas - everything from HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) to stress and vibration equations - all for measuring fatigue, load bearing, gear design, and simple mechanisms
*An easy-to-use guide for all types of mechanics and engineers ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mechanical Engineering Formulas
Recommended for every Mechanical Engineers.Excelent references all in one book to use on the job, consulting work, or just to jog the memory. ... Read more

5. Mechanical Engineering Principles
by John Bird BSc (Hons)CEngCMathCSciFIETMIEEFIIEFIMAFCollT, Carl T. F. Ross BScPhDDScCEngFRINA
Paperback: 288 Pages (2002-04-29)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$33.14
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Asin: 0750652284
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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In this book John Bird and Carl Ross introduce mechanical principles and technology through examples and applications - enabling students to develop a sound understanding of the principles needed by professional engineers and technicians. No previous background in engineering is assumed and theoretical concepts are supported by over 600 problems and worked examples.

This completely new text is designed to match a wide range of pre-degree courses, and provide an accessible introduction for undergraduates with no previous background in engineering studies.

The authors have ensured syllabus-match for the leading UK courses at this level: AVCE optional units Mechanical Engineering Principles and Further Mechanical Engineering Principles, and the new BTEC National unit: Mechanical Principles.

A student-friendly introduction to core engineering topics which does not assume any background in engineering studies

A brand new text matched to the latest syllabus requirements

Includes over 600 problems and 400 worked examples
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3-0 out of 5 stars Mechanical Engineering Principles
As a novice with an interest in engineering I find the book challenging, albeit a little difficult. This is not due to the book, but to my lack of knowledge, of which I am sure I will eventually learn a great deal in time. ... Read more

6. Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook, Fourth Edition
by Neil Sclater, Nicholas Chironis
Hardcover: 512 Pages (2006-12-11)
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Asin: 0071467610
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Over 2000 drawings make this sourcebook a gold mine of information for learning and innovating in mechanical design

The fourth edition of this unique engineering reference book covers the past, present, and future of mechanisms and mechanical devices. Among the thousands of proven mechanisms illustrated and described are many suitable for recycling into new mechanical, electromechanical, or mechatronic products and systems. Overviews of robotics, rapid prototyping, MEMS, and nanotechnology will get you up-to-speed on these cutting-edge technologies. Easy-to-read tutorial chapters on the basics of mechanisms and motion control will introduce those subjects to you or refresh your knowledge of them.

  • Comprehensive index to speed your search for topics of interest
  • Glossaries of terms for gears, cams, mechanisms, and robotics
  • New industrial robot specifications and applications
  • Mobile robots for exploration, scientific research, and defense

INSIDE Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook, 4th Edition

Basics of Mechanisms • Motion Control Systems • Industrial Robots • Mobile Robots • Drives and Mechanisms That Include Linkages, Gears, Cams, Genevas, and Ratchets • Clutches and Brakes • Devices That Latch, Fasten, and Clamp • Chains, Belts, Springs, and Screws • Shaft Couplings and Connections • Machines That Perform Specific Motions or Package, Convey, Handle, or Assure Safety • Systems for Torque, Speed, Tension, and Limit Control • Pneumatic, Hydraulic, Electric, and Electronic Instruments and Controls • Computer-Aided Design Concepts • Rapid Prototyping • New Directions in Mechanical Engineering ... Read more

Customer Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference and Inspirational Book
I was introduced to this book by a professor in grad school, and have used it ever since.In my collection of a dozen or so mechanism books, this is the one I reach for first.The book covers more or less every conceivable mechanism.Other books may have more mechanisms, but they tend to be duplicates or variations on the same design.This book presents each mechanism with a beautiful hand drawing, which clearly conveys the operating principles.I use this book for inspiration every time I start a project where a mechanism or linkage may be needed.Highly recommended to all mechanical engineers and makers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Condensed, Well Categorized Introduction to a large collection of mechanical devices.
After buying 4 books on mechanical movements including a 4 volume set (which I strongly don't recommend), I find myself coming back to this one time and again.It's information is well categorized and indexed. Some elements have more detail than others and a fair number of them have some useful formula for rudimentary calculations.

Being an electrical engineer by trade with a strong mechanical background, I have found this book extremely useful for comparing my options for a number of things from latches to linkages.For more detail I have only seldom had to resort to other sources.It is now, therefore, in privileged position in my library at work.

You may not get pictures from all the angles you want but you will get good enough pictures to extrapolate the information you need to evaluate options.That is where this book shines.You can quickly review time proven options available.A section on strengths and weaknesses within categories would be a helpful addition to this already dense resource.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good source of inspiration
Pretty good compilation of mechanisms ranging from simple to complex. Good source of inspiration.Was surprised to not find any push-push mechanisms listed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for Junior Engineer
The book introduces fundamental principles and goes on to illustrate ingenious solutions. The sourcbook successfully eliminates the need to re-invent the wheel during every project. I look forward to thoroughly understanding the text and implementing the solutions presented.

Highly recommended for the inquisitive mind, the junior design engingeer and any person with an interest in how things work.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mechanisms & Mechanical Devices - Schlater
Excellent book for reference, has stood the test of time.

Condition good for its age, shipping was prompt, packaging was very good. Thanks! ... Read more

7. An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
by Jonathan Wickert
Paperback: 416 Pages (2005-11-01)
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Asin: 0534552978
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This richly illustrated text reflects the experiences and philosophy of the author as is presented in his introductory course, Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering, currently being taught at Iowa State University.Dr. Wickert introduces students to the vocabulary, skills, applications, and excitement of the mechanical engineering profession. The text balances problem solving skills, communications skills, design engineering analysis, real world applications and practical technology. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars helpful for beginners
i think its quite helpful for those who want to understand mech engineering. it tells you what can be applied and how its applied. ... Read more

8. Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers 11th Edition
by Eugene Avallone, Theodore Baumeister, Ali Sadegh
Hardcover: 1800 Pages (2006-11-16)
list price: US$199.95 -- used & new: US$99.17
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Asin: 0071428674
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Solve any mechanical engineering problem quickly and easily with the world's leading engineering handbook

Nearly 1800 pages of mechanical engineering facts, figures, standards, and practices, 2000 illustrations, and 900 tables clarifying important mathematical and engineering principle, and the collective wisdom of 160 experts help you answer any analytical, design, and application question you will ever have.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Marks' Handbook for Mech eng's - A definitie keeper for reference!
I bought the 10th (80th Anniversary) edition back in 1996 right after I graduated from University as I found myself having to refer to it while at University. Since then, I've referred to it 2 or 3 times !!! I'm not in core engineering - but it's good to have close at hand. It just feels better having it in my desk overhead.

It is well laid out and gives you most of the engineering theories and formulas you once knew and is very handy for refreshing the old neurons! The pages are very thin so be careful. Keep it away from the kids!

5-0 out of 5 stars Like an espresso shot of engineering knowledge
Marks' is legend among reference handbooks for engineering and for good reason, the book combines excellent commentary from industry and academic experts with plenty of formulas, tables and diagrams.It lists the references for each section right at the beginning along with the authors which is convenient if you want to dig deeper into the knowledge area.

Mechanical Engineering is a very wide area and while you study many topics in school, unless you actively use them professionally your knowledge gets fuzzy.For this reason having a handbook like this one is a great way to refresh your memory or learn about topics you haven't spent much time with before going on to more specific books on the topic.I still find it amazing how much information is squeezed into each section and readers will see that the knowledge density is staggering.

It is because of Marks' section on Welding that I learned about, and subsequently purchased, the excellent books on Welded Structures and Weldment Design from Lincoln Electric written by Omer Blodgett.I would have never run across these books in a store and despite being written in the 1960s, and mentioning slide rules, they contain a wealth of practical knowledge about welded steel structures still relevant today.You just can do the calculations on a computer and skip the nomograms these days, though I still like the nomograms ability to build your intuition of how a result will end up.

I can be confident from following that chain of references that other areas of Marks' would lead to similar quality references should I need them, and that is why this handbook is worth its weight in gold.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Very useful book.Better than a stack of old college textbooks.Used this during the PE exam and also as a routine reference book as an engineer at a power plant.Worth the money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Handy Reference Manual
Unlike some of the reviewers, I have not had buyer's remorse (yet). I don't use Mark's Handbook a lot, but it has been providing the answers to my questions when I've looked for them. Good index. I would also recommend you take a look at the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, by Mike Lindeburg.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Engineering Book
The book version I purchased has a blue cover, not the green one pictured.But the appearence does not matter.This is an excellent engineering text that covers nearly all aspects of engineering (materials, electrical and even automotive).I highly recommend this text for those looking for a single engineering reference point. ... Read more

9. Aerodynamics of Wings and Bodies (Dover Books on Engineering)
by Holt Ashley, Marten Landahl
 Paperback: 288 Pages (1985-07-01)
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Asin: 0486648990
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This excellent, innovative reference offers a wealth of useful information and a solid background in the fundamentals of aerodynamics. Fluid mechanics, constant density inviscid flow, singular perturbation problems, viscosity, thin-wing and slender body theories, drag minimalization, and other essentials are addressed in a lively, literate manner and accompanied by diagrams.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Filled with essential data, illustrations, explanations
Just about everyone who considers a home built aircraft enters the domain with questions.While formal education isn't required, those who want to learn about designing will find this an excellent read for under 140 pages.This book will familiarize any inquisitive mind with facts about building propeller planes that fly under 250 mph.It does cover some faster flying planes for more experienced aviators.The illustrations cover the subject matter well at the average of one photo or drawing per page and will keep your interest high.My hats off to writer Dr. Daniel P. Raymer for his good technical writing talents.A lot more people would be attending college if books were written this way.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unreadable
This book is written by two acknowledged legends in aeronautical engineering and should be approached only by advanced aerodynamicists. Basic derivations for airfoils and wings given in other texts such as Anderson are rapidly skipped over. This allows the book to cover much more advanced material such as unsteady flow and supersonic drag in a relatively small number of pages. As a graduate student myself, I would be extremely afraid of taking the class this book arose from. Expect a pounding headache after reading this text.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for the Mathematical Minded

This is a great book that should benefit readers with a strong mathematical background at senior graduate or postgraduate level in aerospace engineering studies. Those outside this bracket may find the book a challenge to understand and follow as they can very easily be overwhelmed by the mathematics. The book has stood the test of time and is a must for specialists in aerodynamics or fluid mechanics who need a rigorous treatment of the subject.

All-in-all, a good book for those who can handle advanced mathematical manipulations particularly those carrying out studies at Masters or Doctoral level.

2-0 out of 5 stars Brutal
This book may be a good supplement to advanced fluids majors but there is no description of the mammoth equations used in this text.I bought this in 86 for my aero course and never used the book.

1-0 out of 5 stars What a mistake
This book is deceptively titled.It gives no inklng of the density of the math involved.It should properly be titled "A rigorous mathematical treatment of the Aerodynamics ..."I doubt I could have followed this back when I was immersed in physics and engineering courses in college.I certainly bounced right off of it 15 years later.This book should not even be available outside of University Bookstores' Engineering sections.There is simply no point in anyone else buying it. ... Read more

10. 101 Solved Mechanical Engineering Problems
by MichaelR. Lindeburg PE
Paperback: 136 Pages (1989-01-01)
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Asin: 0912045779
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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These 101 problems, in essay format, are substantially more challenging than those you'll find on the PE exam - offering a great way to hone your solving skills. Here's what one of our customers writes:

"Don't let the (multiple-choice) exam format dictate how you prepare. Working longer, more detailed problems is always good, because this allows for more thorough comprehension. Then, when you get a less complex problem on the exam, with some process-simplifying 'givens,' you'll know exactly where they fit into the overall problem."

Problems are grouped by topic to facilitate your review. Complete step-by-step solutions are provided.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Way out of date...
Do not buy this book.It was written over 10 years ago before they switched the test to multiple choice. The problems and answers are very wordy.Recommend the NCEES practice problems book available through their website... ... Read more

11. Engineering with Excel (3rd Edition)
by Ronald W. Larsen
Paperback: 696 Pages (2008-05-18)
list price: US$74.00 -- used & new: US$49.99
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Asin: 0136017754
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Based on Excel 2007, Engineering with Excel, 3e  takes a comprehensive look at using Excel in engineering.  This book focuses on applications and is intended to serve as both a textbook and a reference for students. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Used only for matlab experience not used with excel
In our class we used it only for Matlab, I am not using any part of the Excel so I can not comment about that, but if you are wanting to learn Matlab quickly, and bluntly about how to program using matrix plots then I would recommend this book. It only goes into image processing at the end but it also has loops (if, while, and for). The homework at the end is pretty straight forward for each chapter making you think a little but nothing like Electromagnetics.

3-0 out of 5 stars Average textbook
I used this for a beginning mechanical engineering class. It is written by a professor at my school. The book was adequate, although my school had the brilliance to upgrade all the computers to Excel 2007 and not get a different book. It is not very useful with 2007, but was fine with Open Office Calc for everything but curve fits and was great with Excel 2000-2003. It's generally a pretty good way to learn how to use excel better if you're familiar with the basics. (Although it leaves out a few things-it never covers 3-D plots, which Excel is capable of) ... Read more

12. Engineering Formulas
by Kurt Gieck, Reiner Gieck
Hardcover: 580 Pages (2006-06-05)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$18.69
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Asin: 0071457747
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a revision of the famed pocket guide giving engineers, scientists, technicians, and students thousands of essential technical and mathematical formulas and hundreds of diagrams to simplify and speed their calculations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for engineering majors
This book has everything you would expect for engineering. A must have for Engineering majors. And it's cheep!

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly fantastic reference.
I must admit here at the beginning that I am a bit of a snob when it comes to this type of book.I have reference books dating back a century for the sole reason that I do not trust nor like modern works.The current trend in reference is to provide only that information which will provide the reader with exactly what they want at that exact moment.This methodology requires that the reader return continually to the reference, wasting their time and energy.Older works provide a broader view of given topics and therefore tend to be held in my favor.This work may well be - in my opinion - the last of the great engineering references.

As stated by another reviewer, this work does an excellent job of covering most of the topics and information normally contained within a four-year mechanical engineering degree.This is not to say it is an apt replacement for a degree, just an excellent accessory to one.

Unlike the majority of generalized engineering references, this publication surpasses the norm of a mishmash of datasheets cribbed from manufacturers.The information contained is highly valuable, universally applicable and beautifully organized.That being said, it is true that the content is highly codified and would be of little value to those individuals who are unfamiliar with 'higher' level mathematics or engineering.

There are those in the engineering community who will find this reference lacking in specific topics - say, technical drafting, GD&T or materials science - but on the whole it is truly superb.

My only concern after having owned it for twenty-four hours is how I am going to reinforce the binding to keep the book from falling apart from too much use...

4-0 out of 5 stars A good reference, even for the PE Exam
This little book is a good tool to add to your tool box.It has a fairly complete tabulation of formulas and even goes into some depth explaining them, but not too much.The only reason it got 4 vs 5 stars for therating was that the index is not cross referenced.I got the book as an aid for my first attempt at the PE Exam, and it earned its way on several questions- mechanics of materials especially.I strongly recommend this book to anyone in engineering who needs a pocket guide.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have!
This book is just awesome!

First thing you notice when you open the box: it's tiny!
The book measures about 11.5x15.5 CM for a thickness of 3 CM.
This format makes it very easy to carry around!

It's packed with LOADS of info which cover so many fields! Plus it's printed on 1 side only, which gives you some space to add notes. The table at the beginning (literally at the beginning - on the cover!) makes finding the info you're looking for very easy: each section is designated by a letter. In each section the progression is the same: from the basics up to the most advanced.

Very very handy, a must have! I which I had it when I was studying engineering man !! There's basically almost everything you need in there! Looking through it I was amazed at all the stuff that was coming back to my memory!

The hardcover is good, it makes the book strong (and feel strong).

I think the best feature of this book is that it covers many subjects, with a broad range of complexity level. That means whether you're just looking for some basic information to refresh your memory or get up to date with something, or if you are looking for some serious formulas and calculation, it's in there!
I know that I will probably not use much of the advanced calculation presented, but I might come across a few, and this little book is gonna make the thing easy :)
It's an excellent way to refresh your memory!

A must have :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Includes a Wide Diversity of Handy Information
This compact book provides not only information related to everyday engineering, but also such things as production engineering, electrical engineering, control engineering, etc. It includes mathematical information, such as statistics, differential and integral calculus, binomial theorem, hyperbolic functions, etc. It also includes statics, kinematics, machine parts, radiation physics, and much more. Basic chemistry is also overviewed.

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13. Mechanical and Electrical Systems in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (5th Edition)
by Frank R. Dagostino, Joseph B. Wujek
Hardcover: 960 Pages (2009-04-25)
list price: US$124.20 -- used & new: US$89.63
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Asin: 0135000041
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The book provides comprehensive, easy-to-understand introductory coverage of mechanical and electrical systems in buildings. Elementary engineering concepts and step-by-step design principles are introduced in a straightforward manner and supported by over 320 illustrations and 500 photographs. It includes new chapters on emerging sustainability (green) technologies and building science. It presents material that can provide the future architect, architectural engineer, and architectural engineering technician with a basic working-level knowledge of principles and practices. This book is written specifically for those interested in building heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and piping (water supply and sanitary drainage), storm drainage, illumination, electrical power distribution, building telecommunications, acoustics and acoustical control, vertical/horizontal transportation and conveying, fire protection and suppression, and building renewable energy and energy conservation systems. ... Read more

14. Mechanical Design Handbook, Second Edition: Measurement, Analysis and Control of Dynamic Systems (McGraw Hill Handbooks)
by Harold Rothbart, Thomas Brown
Hardcover: 900 Pages (2006-04-01)
list price: US$129.00 -- used & new: US$70.00
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Asin: 0071466363
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Optimize the efficiency and reliability of machines and mechanical systems

Totally redesigned to meet today's mechanical design challenges, this classic handbook provides a practical overview of the complex principles and data associated with the design and control of dynamic mechanical systems.

  • New Chapters on continuous control systems, digital control systems, and optical systems
  • Covers power transmission and control subsystems
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5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Useful Resource
This mechanical engineering reference book is the very best of its kind.I use it frequently within my own consulting practice, and find it to be vastly superior to the more popular Mark's and Eschbach's Handbooks. Rothbart's book covers a broad range of mechanical components, systems, and design methods - without sacrificing depth or clarity. To accomplish this, the editors wisely avoid more specialized subjects that are not generally useful across various industries. Each subject is thoughtfully and thoroughly presented. This is definitly an engineer's engineering reference book. It is an excellent resource for those practicing in the field and very much worth the price. ... Read more

15. Piping and Pipeline Engineering: Design, Construction, Maintenance,Integrity, and Repair (Dekker Mechanical Engineering)
by George A. Antaki
Hardcover: 564 Pages (2003-05-01)
list price: US$184.95 -- used & new: US$124.83
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Asin: 0824709640
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Offering the fundamental qualitative steps vital to any successful piping and pipeline activity, this book pairs real world practices with textbook theory to depict proper piping and pipeline construction, integrity, and maintenance—highlighting the quantitative details, calculations, and techniques essential to support competent decisions for plant piping systems and pipelines. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very good beginning book
I found this book a very good first step. It is a good review of the fundamentals. It should be combined with any of the ASME B31.X courses applicable to your industry. I am in the aerospace piping business and it is a wonderful book. The author cuts through a lot of the esoteric material in the code leaving you with a good basic book. If you are looking past an introductory book this is not for you. I hope the author pursues writing a PV book also. I recommend you buy this book. ... Read more

16. Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World
by Carl Selinger
Paperback: 192 Pages (2004-11-03)
list price: US$41.95 -- used & new: US$31.23
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Asin: 0471655767
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School" gives young engineers an easy-to-read "cribsheet" so they can comfortably face a complex world of dealing with people, processes, and yes, even meetings!

Carl Selinger, an engineer with over 25 years of college teaching experience, has expanded from his popular seminar, providing an inspiring guidebook the young engineer needs for a successful career, and a satisfying life. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Engineer looking for additional insight on workplace antics
It's a quick read with nothing but the meat and potatoes as far as the relevant information is concerned.Perfect for most engineers looking for an informational source that helps explain typical scenarios at the workplace that "do not compute".

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for Engineers
This is a great book for engineers in their senior/4th year of school or engineers who are entering the work force.But, if you've long passed those stages in your life, then its still a beneficial book to read too.He does a good job at explaining how to be better at the so called "soft skills" where our training as engineers is (typically) lacking.He claims that, although schools are great at teaching the science, math, and all around technical side of engineering, they are usually poor at teaching these soft skills (writing, presenting, etc.)There are great tips in the book on how to be more effective at meetings, how to be better at managing your time, relieving stress, etc.Whats great is the chapters are (mostly) unrelated so you can read them in any order that you choose... In fact, he recommends it.I have personally used some of his tips on "being more effective at meetings" and can say that they have helped me be a better at my job.Lastly, he doesn't orient the book toward a specific type of engineering, but to all engineers in general.I would recommend this book to any graduating engineers who are going into the "real world".

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for every engineering graduate, in or out of school
Every engineering graduate should definitely read this book. It is concise, lucid, and to-the-point.

I do not quite agree with the title in its entirety. We do learn quite a few of these things at engineering schools. However, in our relentless pursuit of gaining technical knowledge, we keep learning these things at a much lower priority. Chapter 15, "Having Fun" describes something, which is actually quite real. I have personally experienced this, where our professors would sometimes force us to go ahead and have some fun. Carl Selinger mentions many such important things, which the engineer needs to be good at including writing and communication skills.

Carl Selinger starts by referring to Dale Carnegie's famous book "How to make friends and influence people". This makes the reader, develop very high expectations about the book. Despite his best effort, his style does not live up to the standards of Carnegie. Unlike Carnegie's book, there are not many third-person examples or experiences, which have been discussed. This sometimes lends a preaching style to the writing, which can become annoying.

For someone who is inexperienced, freshly graduated and has never been taught any of the things which the book discusses about, will find it difficult to comprehend and realize the importance of learning these skills. This is primarily because Carl largely mentions personal experiences. A naïve reader might critique the book as being too one-sided. Overall, the book is very good as a reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stuff I Needed to Know and Should Have Learned
The book was very readable and filled with insights.I was particularly fond of the chapters on assertiveness and leadership.The book has an excellent combination of helpful business and social tips, reasons to learn them, and methods to gain these traits for yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Toolbox of Real World Skills Essential to Success
This book is a great toolbox to start my career.The examples and tips given in "Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School" are truly helpful.I plan on keeping it available for referencing at each and every profession that I explore in the future.

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17. An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Part 1 (Pt. 1)
by Michael Clifford, Kathy Simmons, Philip Shipway
Paperback: 752 Pages (2009-06-15)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering is an essential text for all first-year undergraduate students as well as those studying for foundation degrees and HNDs. The text gives a thorough grounding in the following core engineering topics: thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics, electricals and electronics, and materials science. As well as to mechanical engineers, the text will be highly relevant to civil, automotive, aeronautical/aerospace, and general engineering students. The text is written by an experienced team of first-year lecturers at the internationally renowned University of Nottingham. An accompanying website will provide resources for students and tutors, including worked examples of exam-style questions, multiple-choice self-assessment, and revision guides. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect introductry and brush up course
The book is a great introductry level in mechanical engineering covering all aspects of basic courses with fully illustrated aids, including thermodynamics, mechanics of materials, machine dynamics and electronics, other topics which i believe to be covered in a later edition should include statics dynamics and control engineering.
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18. Mechanical Engineering: Problems And Solutions (Mechanical Engineering: Problems & Solutions)
by Richard K. Pefley
Paperback: 382 Pages (2004-07-15)
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Isbn: 1419501224
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With this guide, you'll hone your problem-solving skills as well as your understanding of both fundamental and more difficult topics for the Professional Engineering exam in This volume provides 164 problems with step-by-step solutions. Topics covered: Math; Force and Stress Analysis; Dynamics and Vibrations; Machine Design; Fluid Mechanics; Thermofluid Mechanics; Heat Transfer; Gas Dynamics and Combustion; Hydraulic Machines; Power Plants; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; and Engineering Economics. 20% text; 80% problems and solutions. ... Read more

19. Mechanical Discipline-Specific Review for the FE/EIT Exam, 2nd ed.
by Michel Saad PhDPE, Abdie H. Tabrizi PhD, MichaelR. Lindeburg PE
Paperback: 112 Pages (2006-01-15)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The best preparation for discipline-specific FE exams60 practice problems, with full solutionsA complete, simulated 4-hour discipline-specific examCovers all the topics for that particular disciplineProvides the in-depth review you need ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Passed after just 2-3 days of study
This book was pretty good at explaining the basic concepts and giving really good examples and problems. I thought that a few chapers in the beginning were really really good. Even the books that I used in college were not this good on some of the topics. However, one must understand that this book is only for the GENERAL SECTION FE exam, not the specific ones. Infact, unless you really need to, I don't recommend taking the other subject tests as those maybe more difficult(Mechanical is more difficult for sure). If you are wondering if this is the only book I used then thats partially true. I used it for about 90% of my study. I did have to refer to some books on Calculus from the library. Also I did look at some other topics too from some books at the library but to be honest, it was mostly an exercise in making myself feel better, but basically a waste of time. The one other book that really helped was the EIT/FE Review Manual from the same author and company. Basically that book is a more detailed version of this book and it contains more explainations and concepts. However that book is also outdated (my version was from the 90s) since I don't believe they are making upto date versions of the new FE exam. If your library doesn't have it, then you could buy it. Anyways its a very useful reference that you can keep on your desk. Also I was 1 year out of college and I didn't even get a chance to do a practice test.

This is how I passed the FE and this was my strategy:

1). Get a really good calculator, so that you can be twice as effective than anyone else. I used the Casio FX-115ES and learnt its functions by heart the day before the exam.
Also order the NCEES FE Handbook from the NCEES website(cheaper than Amazon). You really need to know that handbook really well so that you don't waste time finding formulas during the test.
2). You only need to get about 60%-65% of the problems correct to pass the FE. This means that if you ace the morning test, than you can really screw around on the afternoon section and still pass. I basically didn't even touch much of Thermo and bascially no Electric/or Electronic/Circuits stuff since I didn't have time to do those. But I did do everything else correct. Also the afternoon section, I believe I raped it too.
3). Get a digital watch with a timer function and then set it at 3:58 mins so that it keeps ticking and the time keeps decreasing so you know exactly how much time you have. Try and get at atleast the first few questions you attempt correct so it give you confidence and sets a good rhythym. Pick a section you know and start with that, don't worry if you take a lot more time in the first hour. But basically by the 2nd hour don't spend more than 2 - 3 minutes per question. In the last 15 mins make sure you stop what you are doing and start randomly guessing answers on the answer sheet.
4). Lastly, try and enjoy the test. I did have to say that after 1 - 2 hours into the exam I really started enjoying the test. It was written by people who knew what they were doing and it does test your engineering skills. I actually really had fun with the test!

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent book...I passed
I think it is pretty well written and organized.I felt it did a nice job with new subject matter.Some of the topics on the test were not something I'd ever taken.I think they could have been a little clearer about forces on a submerged object and statistics.I think they could add some kind of link to the exam ref materials as well, or at least use the equations in the same format (they did with the majority but not all of them).

Overall I can't really complain.Due to unforeseen circumstances I only had 3 weeks to prep while working full time and I had been out of school a year.I was able to get through a decent amount of content fairly quickly so I'd say it worked.

1-0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointed - Highly recommend a different study guide
When studying for an exam, it's important to review the fundamentals of the concepts being tested.However, this study guide does not explain any fundamentals.The entire book is just a set of problems whose solutions are poorly explained.For example, the second problem in the book is a question about buckling, and it leaves out the part about obtaining the end restraint constant.
One would at least expect the study guide to explain where in the reference handbook the equations used in the problem solutions are taken from, but this book does not.And for a book that consists solely of practice problems, even some of the solutions are erroneous.For example, in problem 14, the solution requires summing the moments about the end of a uniform rod.However, the inertia value used is (ML^2)/12, which is the inertia of a uniform rod about its center rather than its end (inertia value should be (ML^2)/3).
In short, don't waste your money on this book.I'm certainly going to buy a different study guide.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mostly Practice Problems
Was expecting more review-type material, but instead the book was mostly practice problems.Good for testing your knowledge, but not very helpful if you needed to brush up on specific sections.

3-0 out of 5 stars Seemed like a good book
If you want ME style problems for the FE then this is good.Getting just the overall review book by the same author and doing the chapters is probably good enough.The test really isn't as hard as some of these reviews say.I have been out of school for 6 year and you can go through the review book in a couple weekends and some week nights. ... Read more

20. Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam (11th Edition)
by Michael R. Lindeburg
Hardcover: 1396 Pages (2001-05)
list price: US$198.00
Isbn: 1888577681
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual is the most trusted study guide and reference for the mechanical PE exam. This edition has been updated to reflect the new breadth-and-depth format of the exam. All exam topics are reviewed clearly and completely, and more than 200 solved example problems and almost 530 practice problems (200 of them new) demonstrate key concepts and help you understand the most efficient way to solve problems. The text is enhanced by hundreds of illustrations, charts, and other data, and an extensive index.

For solutions to the practice problems in this manual, order Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam, 11th edition (ISBN 1-888577-69-X). Both these books are part of Professional Publications's Engineering Review Series, used by over 600,000 engineers to pass their licensing exams. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent resource
Even if you dont plan to take the PE, you should have this in your library.It is a great reference and an excelent book to use to refresh your memory on engineering principles as issues come up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is one of two books I used to study for the PE exam.During the test I used this book for 99% of everything I needed to look up.If you spend some quality time doing the problems in this book and reading the material the PE test is a pass.I actually now use the book (mostly for the tables) in my every day job.

3-0 out of 5 stars Adequate but not stellar
Considering the cost of this book, I think I got my moneys worth, but I disagree with many of the previous reviews, as this book was far from perfect.For the price though, I did expect a bit more.

I purchased this with the 'Practice Problems' and was quite frustrated that some of the practice problems contained data or even topics that were not covered in this book, (sect. 19; fluid power).

I also felt that this book was not laid out as it could have been.It's a reference book, meaning you go to the index, then flip to the appropriate page...In many cases, I had to read several pages back to find the right definitions.A few notes here and there, perhaps a reference back to the section dealing with something, would have been helpful.

Additionally, I purchased this book (12th edition) because it had recently been updated, however, there were still plenty of obvious errors in the book and 'practice problems', but no erratta published yet.

That being said, don't buy this book thinking you can just take it into the test as pass it.You need to spend quite a bit of time using the book, to understand how it's laid out, and where to look for information.

Also, it's worth noting, this is the ONLY reference book I took with me to the exam, and it was more than adequate. Plenty of other folks carted around boxes upon boxes of reference material. I tabbed this book, and was familiar with it enough that I could find whatever I needed in a manner of seconds, much quicker than the folks that I saw fishing through several books.The only area that I found that it was lacking in a bit was combustion processes and incineration, but those are also areas that I'm not terrible familiar with.

Either way, this is the best book on the market, and although I hesistated at the cost, it is well worth it to by this and the companion problems. With the amount of effort that it takes to pass the PE, an investment in this book is well worth it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this 10th Edition; buy the latest 12th Ed. (2006)
To save some money, I decide to buy the 10th Edition (1997) of the MERM. For my surprise, this 10th edition has an "errata" as long as the "Highway to Hell". I have to print over 15 pages, 8.5" x 11", of these errata and waist 3 days making the corrections on the entire book. So, don't made this mistake. Buy the 12th edition for a few additional bucks.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Something for after the exam, too
I have little to add to what has already been said here by other reviewers. The one thing I did not notice, no one has said what a good reference guide this is. Meaning when I was done and passed the exam I did not sell this book. I did the sell the other preparation materials I bought, but not this one.

It does not go very far in depth but covers a whole range of topics enough to dispell total ignorance on a broad range of ME topics.It has been helpful when I get something out of left field. When I do need something more I go to places like Shigley for machine design, ASHRAE for HVAC, etc. But this is a great place to start. Often it has been enough.

Note: I actually used the 11th ed. but there is little really different except to add somethings related to the change to all multiple choice questions. I did not find an entry for the 11th. ... Read more

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