Mechanical Engineering and Simple Machines (Engineering in Action Series)

Mechanical Engineering and Simple Machines (Engineering in Action Series)

by Robert Snedden
     
 

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Engineering in Action connects us with the technology that surrounds us in our everyday lives. Discover the design process that engineers follow to define problems, discuss solutions, and build and test models.

Mechanical engineers design and innovate machines we use every day. Learn about the jobs they do and the steps they must follow in the engineering design

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Engineering in Action connects us with the technology that surrounds us in our everyday lives. Discover the design process that engineers follow to define problems, discuss solutions, and build and test models.

Mechanical engineers design and innovate machines we use every day. Learn about the jobs they do and the steps they must follow in the engineering design process. Then, create your own simple machine.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
This series, "Engineering Action," explores many types of engineering, but mechanical is perhaps the easiest to understand. "A mechanical engineer deals with anything that is made to move and the power needed to make it happen," writes Snedden. After defining energy, force, and motion, Snedden walks us through many different types of movement that the engineers address and then starts with simple and compound machines. While many books address these particular concepts, Snedden and this series are unique in that the physics concepts are tightly tied to the mechanical engineer career. Not only are the basic machines described, but Snedden walks the reader through the invention process, asking: "What do we want to make?" and then directs readers to "search for solutions" and "build a prototype." This topic-by-topic approach allows the book to be read in smaller chunks, as well as giving a nice balance of specific applications. The book also offers a mechanical engineering challenge—in this case building a rocket racer. It also describes the path students follow if they want to be mechanical engineers. Each double-page spread has an overall description, as well as smaller sidebars, and bright pictures. The book's back matter includes more resources, glossary, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778774983
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Series:
Engineering in Action Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,175,875
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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