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Get Active with Discovering AutoCAD 2002. Mark Dix and Paul Riley use a hands-on, activity-based, introductory tutoriual to teach new features and the new flavor of AutoCAD 2002. Users of Discovering AutoCAD 2002 don't just use this book as a reference, they actively create drawings as they flip pages.

The new edition now features its own website that includes supplemental drawing projects, WWW activities, and self-scoring quizzes.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Activities and projects in this introductory tutorial teach the features of AutoCAD 2002, with lessons broken down into tasks listed at the beginning of each section, boxes overviewing basic procedures of each command, illustrations and screen captures, and hands-on instructions clearly identified. Explanations focus on what is relevant to actual drawing procedures, and finished drawings are presented on facing pages with instructions. A companion Web site is available. The authors have created tutorial teaching methods for every AutoCAD release since version 2.5. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130932976
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 705
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Basic Two-Dimensional Entities 1
Ch. 1 Lines 1
Ch. 2 Circles and Drawing Aids 42
Ch. 3 Layers, Colors, and Linetypes 88
Ch. 4 Template Drawings 126
Ch. 5 Arcs and Polar Arrays 168
Ch. 6 Object Snap 206
Pt. II Text, Dimensions, and Other Complex Entities 263
Ch. 7 Text 263
Ch. 8 Dimensions 304
Ch. 9 Polylines 368
Ch. 10 Blocks, Attributes, and Other Tools for Collaboration 410
Pt. III Isometric Drawing and Three-Dimensional Modeling 469
Ch. 11 Isometric Drawing 469
Ch. 12 Wireframe Models 498
Ch. 13 Surface Models 538
Ch. 14 Solid Models 588
Appendices 654
A Drawing Projects 654
B Creating Customized Toolbars 672
C Menus and Macros 681
D Data Exchange Formats 688
Index 691
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Get Active with Discovering AutoCAD 2002

Designed for introductory AutoCAD users, Discovering AutoCAD 2002 offers a hands-on, activity-based approach to the use of AutoCAD as a drafting tool—complete with techniques, tips, shortcuts, and insights designed to increase efficiency. Topics and tasks are carefully grouped to lead students logically through the AutoCAD command set, with the level of difficulty increasing steadily as skills are acquired through experience and practice. Straightforward explanations focus on what is relevant to actual drawing procedures, and illustrations show exactly what to expect on the computer screen when steps are correctly completed. This edition features web-based exercises and projects included in each chapter. These optional exercises both assess a student's understanding of the material and increase their ability to manage documents across the internet.


Uses a consistent format for each chapter that includes:

  • Objectives, Key Terms, and Introduction
  • Exercises that introduce new commands and techniques
  • Exercise instructions clearly set off from the text discussion
  • Well illustrated with AutoCAD drawings and screen shots
  • A Summary of key concepts and techniques
  • Ten or more end-of-chapter Review Questions
  • Concludes with 4-6 Realistic Engineering "drawing problems"-fully dimensioned working drawings
  • New Optional Internet Projects at the end of each chapter
  • Companion Website

High-quality working drawings include a wide range of applications that focus on mechanical drawings but alsoinclude architectural, civil and electrical drawings.

Contains an appendix with 10 drawing projects for additional review and practice, as well as 3D models of 24 objects drawn in 2D in earlier chapters

Companion Website: our site

This dedicated site is designed to support both professor and student users of this text. We hope it closely supports the book and serves as a useful tool that both complements and increases the value of the text. In particular, students will find multiple choice assessment questions for each chapter. These questions serve as checkups to see whether they have mastered new AutoCAD commands. Students can answer these questions as either check-up exercises or quizzes. They receive the results of these quizzes instantly and can email these directly to their professor.

Each chapter is also supported by an extended AutoCAD project. These extended projects complement the book and provide extra challenges for students. Finally, this website contains a Netsearch capability that helps lead students to different sites dealing with AutoCAD topics. Professors can take advantage of this site's syllabus builder feature. Following a step-by-step interface, this tool quickly helps create a graphic web page containing class information and assignments. Professors control access to this site and maintain it with their own user ID and password. Syllabus Builder makes managing your class in either a local or distance learning situation a snap.

Our Approach

It has been a great pleasure to dig into this new version of AutoCAD and to continue to face the challenges that we have set for ourselves in each of our AutoCAD books. That is, to create an optimum learning sequence, to get students involved in drawing as quickly as possible, to keep the learning process active, and to give students a thorough and practical understanding of AutoCAD concepts and techniques. In teaching something as content rich as the AutoCAD 2002 software package, it is often necessary to keep in mind that less is more, and that "coverage" can be the enemy of understanding. The AutoCAD world is full of books, many of which do little more than duplicate the function of the AutoCAD Command Reference. We have all seen them at the bookstore, huge books that grow larger with every new release. However, the job of teaching is not to try to tell everything all at once, but to anticipate what the student will need at each new phase of the learning curve.

This book is designed as a teaching tool and a self-study guide and assumes that readers will have access to a CAD workstation. We also hope that many who use it will have access to the internet and our exciting Companion Website, our site, which adds a whole new dimension to the interactive possibilities of this teaching. method. WNW activities, including explorations, drawing projects, and self-scoring tests are optional components of every chapter.

The book itself is organized around drawing tasks that offer the reader a demonstration of the commands and techniques being taught at every point, with illustrations that show exactly what to expect on the computer screen when steps are correctly completed. While the focus is on the beginning AutoCAD user, we have found over the years that experienced CAD operators also look to our books for tips, suggestions, and clear explanations of AutoCAD commands and principles. It has not been unusual for seasoned pros working with our books to recognize connections and concepts that they had not noticed or considered previously.

But this is a by-product. Our target audience is the beginning AutoCAD student with a serious professional interest: We strive to present a highly efficient learning sequence in an easy to follow format. Topics are carefully grouped so that readers progress logically through AutoCAD commands and features. Explanations are straightforward and focus on what is relevant to actual drawing procedures. Review questions, drawing problems, and WWW activities follow new material. And, most important, drawing exercises are included at the end of every chapter so that newly learned techniques are applied to practical drawing situations immediately. Retention and skill development are optimized as the level of difficulty increases steadily and facility is acquired through experience and practice. At the end of the book we have included additional drawing projects for those who want to go further.

All working drawings have been prepared using AutoCAD. Drawing exercises at the end of all chapters are reproduced in a large, clearly dimensioned format on each right-hand page with accompanying tips and suggestions on the left-hand page. Drawing suggestions offer timesaving tips and explanations on how to use new techniques in actual applications. The book is not a drafting manual, yet the drawings include a wide range of applications. While the focus is on mechanical drawings, there are also architectural drawings in most chapters and anyone completing all the drawings will be well equipped to move on to more advanced and specialized applications.

Instructor's CD

Qualified instructors using this text may order an instructor's solutions disk. To order this disk, either contact your local Prentice Hall sales rep, order online at our site, or call'1-800-922-0579. The ISBN for the instructor's CD-ROM is 0-13-035146-6.

Bundle this Book!

To make the cost of purchasing several books for one course more manageable for students, Prentice Hall offers discounts when you purchase this book with several other Prentice Hall textbooks. Discounts range from 10 to 20% off the price of the two books separately. At press time, you may bundle this text for discounts with any core Prentice Hall graphics text by Giesecke, Earle, Lockhart/Johnson, or Sorby. To request more specific pricing information, get ISBNs for ordering bundles, and learn more about Prentice Hall's offerings in graphics and CAD, either contact your Prentice Hall Sales rep, or go to

our site

For the name and number of your sales rep, please contact Prentice Hall Faculty Services at 1-800-526-0485.


We'd like to thank the following reviewers who critiqued our last book and whose comments guided the changes in this release:

Y.J. Lin, University of Akron
Thomas J. Siller, Colorado State University
Jesse D. Mireless, Phoenix College
Joe Gaiser, Le Tourneau University.
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