McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Engineering

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Derived from the world-renowned McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, Sixth Edition, [roman] this vital reference offers a wealth of essential information in a portable, convenient, quick-find format. Whether you’re a professional, a student, a writer, or a general reader with an interest in science, there is no better or more authoritative way to stay up-to-speed with the current language of the various branches of engineering or gain an understanding of ...

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Overview

Derived from the world-renowned McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, Sixth Edition, [roman] this vital reference offers a wealth of essential information in a portable, convenient, quick-find format. Whether you’re a professional, a student, a writer, or a general reader with an interest in science, there is no better or more authoritative way to stay up-to-speed with the current language of the various branches of engineering or gain an understanding of their key ideas and concepts.

Written in clear, simple language understandable to the general reader, yet in-depth enough for scientists, educators, and advanced students, The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Engineering, Second Edition:

* Has been extensively revised, with 17,500 entries encompassing the language of engineering

* Includes synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations

* Provides pronunciations for all terms

* Covers such topics as building construction, chemical engineering, civil engineering, control systems, design engineering, engineering acoustics, industrial engineering, information technology and computing, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, telecommunications, and thermodynamics

* Includes an appendix containing tables of useful data and information

* Is based on the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms – for more than a quarter-of-a-century THE standard international reference

Carefully reviewed for clarity, completeness, and accuracy, theMcGraw-Hill Dictionary of Engineering, Second Edition, offers a standard of excellence unmatched by any similar publication.

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From "Abram's Law" to "Muskhelishvii's method," from "prill" to "Zener breakdown," and every engineering term imaginable that falls in between -- this reference covers it all. There are more than 18,000 easy-to-understand definitions that relate to engineering and science. Yet, they are very specific and provide an explanation that puts the reader in the know.

The coverage in this second edition of the book is focused on building construction, chemical engineering, civil engineering, control systems, design engineering, electricity and electronics, engineering acoustics, industrial engineering, mechanics and mechanical engineering, systems engineering, and thermodynamics. For example, the book starts with an engineering term and then gives the engineering field to which the term applies. For instance, "Zener breakdown" belongs to electrical engineering; "prill" is a chemical engineering term; "Muskhelishvii's method" belongs to mechanical engineering; and "Abram's Law" relates to civil engineering. This is helpful when one encounters an unfamiliar term. Naturally, there is a pronunciation table; an appendix that contains conversion tables; and specific data relating to math, science and engineering. Finally, many new entries have been added since the previous edition, and other entries have been revised as necessary.

This is an outstanding reference book for anyone who must understand engineering terminology, whether as a student, professional, investor, or interested amateur. It is also a valuable tool for anyone who needs to communicate with others about engineering. John Vacca

John Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written 38 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071410502
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/27/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 642
  • Sales rank: 402,191
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.52 (d)

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Compiled by The Editorial Staff of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (New York City), one of the most skilled, experienced, and innovative teams in the field of scientific publishing.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Staff vi
How to Use the Dictionary vii
Fields and Their Scope ix
Pronunciation Key xi
A-Z Terms 1
Appendix 627
Equivalents of commonly used units for the U.S. Customary System and the metric system 629
Conversion factors for the U.S. Customary System, metric system, and International System 630
Special constants 634
Electrical and magnetic units 635
Dimensional formulas of common quantities 635
Internal energy and generalized work 636
General rules of integration 637
Schematic electronic symbols 639
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