The fifth earlier editions have been gradually improved upon, the sixth edition continues this trend. More in-depth information regarding the objectives of the book as well as its structure can be found in the revised Preface to the First Edition, which can be found on the following page. The following are the most important modifications made to this edition:
• In addition to the printed version of the text, there are also digital versions of the text available in the form of e-books.
These contain links that can be used to access all of the videos as well as the downloadable content that was provided. There are 188 videos to choose from. All of these are highlighted in the printed version as well, with the URLs where they can be found provided, users of the print book have the ability to download them. A Video Contents is made available to users, the Downloads Index details all of the other content that can be downloaded.
• More than fifty new problem assignments have been included in the course. The diagrams of the problems are provided in the form of downloadable PDF files, making it simple for students to print out hard copies on which to practice solving the problems.
• The author-written programs that come packaged with the book have been subjected to a comprehensive rewrite to enhance their user interface usability. Additionally, they have been updated to be compatible with the most recent computer operating systems hardware. linkageS is a new program that was created by combining the previous programs Fourbar, Fivebar, Sixbar, Slider. linkageS is capable of doing everything that the previous programs were capable of doing collectively, in addition to adding new features. The program dynacam has also been completely rewritten, the results are much more satisfactory. It has been updated in the program matrix. These computer programs are frequently updated in order to incorporate new functionalities improvements. Students who are using the print book can register to download the most recent student versions of these programs from the following website: http://www.designofmachinery.com. Teachers who decide to use the book in a classroom setting can also take advantage of this opportunity. To become a student or a professor, follow the link provided.
• In order to execute the Working Model files that are included with this text, you will need the program known as Working Model. This software is available on the lab computers at some educational institutions thanks to site licenses. Design Simulation Technologies, the company that provides the software, charges reasonable prices for student licenses that are valid for either one semester or one year. You can get these by visiting the following website: http://www.design-simulation.com/Purchase/studentproducts.php. .
• The discussion of a wide range of topics within many chapters has undergone extensive, incremental revisions in response to comments made by users, all errors that were previously discovered have been eradicated. The extensive content that was first presented on DVD in the Fifth Edition is now available for download from the publisher’s website. These downloads consist of the following:
• The comprehensive versions of both the Hrones Nelson Atlas of Coupler Curves as well as the Zhang et al Atlas of Geared Fivebar Coupler Curves.
• Wang’s Mechanism Simulation in a Multimedia Environment is comprised of 105 Working Model (WM) files that are based on the book’s figures, along with 19 Matlab® models that are used for kinematic analysis animation. AVI files are also included in this publication. The AVI files have links that take you to the corresponding figures in the electronic books.
• Videos of two “virtual laboratories” that replicate labs created by the author at WPI are provided. These “virtual laboratories” can be accessed through the provided links. These include demonstrations of the laboratory machines that were utilized as well as spreadsheet files containing the data on acceleration force that was collected throughout the experiments. The goal is to provide students at other schools with the opportunity to participate in these activities through the use of virtual laboratories.