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Customizing AutoCAD 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

By Sham Tickoo

Call Number: T385 .T5277 2008

Updated to provide complete coverage of the expanded design capabilities of AutoCAD 2008, this thoroughly revised new edition of a classic AutoCAD reference work offers detailed explanations of customizing techniques for advanced users of the software. In one comprehensive volume, noted AutoCAD expert Sham Tickoo examines all the various levels of customization in AutoCAD– from the basic topics of creating template drawings and customizing menus to such advanced features as modifying the AutoCAD environment in ways that help industry professionals meet the needs of their organization. Live projects and examples enhance the book’s thorough explanations, helping users understand and master the customizing concepts of AutoCAD 2008 with relative ease.

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Scientific American Cutting-Edge Science: 21st-Century Robotics

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Manufactured by Rosen Publishing Group

Call Number: TJ211.15 .A14 2007

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The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

by David J. Perdue

Call Number: TJ211 .P435 2008

The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT set includes a variety of powerful electronic parts (motors, sensors, and the programmable NXT microcomputer) and lots of building elements. With these parts you can create thousands of unique, intelligent robots. The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide helps you to harness the capabilities of the NXT set and effectively plan, build, and program your own NXT robots.

The first part of the book contains a brief introduction to the NXT set. You’ll then examine the pieces in the NXT set and the roles they play in construction. Next, you’ll learn practical building techniques, like how to build sturdy structures and work with gears. Then it’s time to learn how to program with the official NXT-G programming language (and learn a bit about several unofficial programming languages). You’ll also learn what author David J. Perdue calls the MINDSTORMS method: a strategy for creating your own robots. Finally, you’ll follow step-by-step instructions for building, programming, and testing six sample robots (all of which can be built using only the parts found in one NXT set). These six robots include:

  • Zippy-Bot, a two-wheeled vehicle with a ball caster
  • Bumper-Bot, a version of Zippy-Bot that explores your room and avoids objects
  • Claw-Bot, a version of Zippy-Bot that searches for objects and pushes them away with its claw
  • Tag-Bot, a four-wheeled steering vehicle that dashes around while you try to “tag” it with a flashlight
  • Guard-Bot, a six-legged walking robot that launches a ball at intruders
  • Golf-Bot, a stationary robot that finds a target and then hits a ball into the target

You’ll also find an NXT-G Quick Reference, which provides information on the 30 types of standard programming blocks, and the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Piece Library, which features detailed information and images of the more than 80 types of LEGO pieces in the NXT set.

So go ahead. Grab your NXT set, fire up your creative mind, and see what you can invent with The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide. (Description by Amazon.com)

The Lego Mindstorms NXT Idea Book: Design, Invent, and Build

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

by Martin Boogaarts, Jim Kelly, et al.

Call Number: TJ211 .L4525 2007

If you’re serious about having fun with LEGO robotics, you’ve come to the right place. The team behind The NXT STEP blog – the authoritative online source for MINDSTORMS NXT information and advice – has packaged its considerable skills and experience in this book. Inside, you’ll find some of the team’s best ideas for creating cool and sophisticated models, including instructions for eight robots you can build yourself.

Follow along with the MINDSTORMS NXT experts as they explain the fundamentals of programming and design, accompanied by CAD-style drawings and an abundance of screenshots that make it easy for you to master the MINDSTORMS NXT system. You’ll get an overview of the NXT parts (beams, sensors, axles, gears, and so on) and clear instructions for combining them to build and program working robots.

The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book delves into the complexities of the NXT programming language (NXT-G) and offers tips for designing and programming robots, using Bluetooth, creating an NXT remote control, troubleshooting, and much more.

Here are just a few of the robots you’ll learn to build in The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book:

  • RaSPy, a robot that plays Rock, Scissors, Paper
  • 3D PhotoBot, a robot that will help you take photographs that can be converted into 3D images
  • Slot Machine, complete with flashing lights and a lever
  • ScanBot, a robot that scans black-and-white pictures and displays the images on the NXT’s LCD
  • Beach Buggy Chair, a roving, rambling robot
  • CraneBot, a crane-like grabbing robotLEGO fans of all ages will find this book to be an ideal jumping off point for doing more with MINDSTORMS NXT. The only ingredient you need to add is your imagination! (Description by Amazon.com)
  • The 100 Most Important Chemical Compounds: A Reference Guide

    Monday, July 14, 2008

    By Richard L. Meyers and Rusty L. Meyers

    Call Number: TP9 .M94 2007

    What is a chemical compound? Compounds are substances that are two or more elements combined together chemically in a standard proportion by weight. Compounds are all around us – they include familiar things, such as water, and more esoteric substances, such as triuranium octaoxide, the most commonly occurring natural source for uranium. This reference guide gives us a tour of 100 of the most important, common, unusual, and intriguing compounds known to science. Each entry gives an extensive explanation of the composition, molecular formula, and chemical properties of the compound. In addition, each entry reviews the relevant chemistry, history, and uses of the compound, with discussions of the origin of the compound’s name, the discovery or first synthesis of the compound, production statistics, and uses of the compound.

    The 100 Most Important Chemical Compounds provides readers not only with the understanding of the chemistry of these substances and the practical uses of these compounds, but also includes numerous interesting historical details about the scientific discoveries:
    -Hannibal employed acetic acid in crossing the Alps
    -A disgruntled family doctor pleas to do medical research leads to the use of insulin to treat diabetes -Charles Francis Hall’s research as a high school student resulted in a cheap process to produce aluminum and the founding of ALCOA
    -A bitter priority dispute among several doctors over the discovery of ether as an anesthetic lead to suicide, prison, and early deaths.
    -Dupont scientists researching the production of CFCs accidentally produced a white waxy substance now known as Teflon
    -A chemist synthesized methylphenidate and administered it to his wife Rita. He named the compound after her — Ritalin

    The reference guide includes a glossary, a guide to further reading, and numerous chemical illustrations to help illuminate the text.

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    Audel Mechanical Trades Pocket Manual

    Wednesday, July 9, 2008

    by Thomas B. Davis, Carl A. Nelson

    Call Number: TJ151. D38 2004c

    This tool needs no maintenance

    Fully revised and updated, this convenient guide covers the latest industrial equipment as well as all the tools and machines prevalent in older plants, even those from the early 1970s and before.

    Your complete reference tool

    • Discusses machinery installation, welding, rigging, carpentry, basic electricity, and more
    • Features a chapter on safety issues
    • Covers belts, drives, transmissions, and bearings
    • Examines automatic sprinkler systems
    • Offers tips for preventive maintenance
    • Includes coverage of piping and pipefitting
    • Reviews shop mathematics, geometry, and trigonometry (Description by Barnes and Noble.com)

    National Electrical Safety Code 2007 Handbook

    Wednesday, July 9, 2008

    By David J. Marne

    Call Number: TK152 .M28 2007

    A Hands-on Guide to the 2007 NESC® that Clarifies Code Rules for You to Achieve Full Compliance!

    McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Safety Code® 2007 Handbook delivers a rule-by-rule annotation of the NESC® that clarifies the often confusing Code text and allows you to perform your work confidently and safely. Designed for use with the Code itself, this expert resource guides readers through safety rules for the installation, operation, and maintenance of electrical supply stations and equipment, and also for overhead and underground electric supply and communication lines.

    Fully updated with all the latest rules, McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Safety Code® 2007 Handbook features:

    • The best complete NESC® annotation currently available
    • A rule-by-rule overview of the entire code
    • Over 500 detailed illustrations and photographs
    • A wealth of practical examples of code applications
    • Concise explanations of controversial rules

    Inside this Time-Saving, NESC Compliance Tool

    • General Sections: Definitions • Grounding • Part 1. Rules for Installation and Maintenance of Electric Supply Stations and Equipment: Fences • Safety Signs • Storage • Working Space • Batteries • Transformers and Regulators • Conductors • Circuit Breakers, Reclosers, Switches, and Fuses • Surge Arresters • Part 2. Rules for Installation and Maintenance of Overhead Electric Supply and Communication Lines: Inspections • Clearances • Joint Use • Grades of Construction • Loadings • Strength Requirements• Line Insulation • Part 3. Rules for Installation and Maintenance of Underground Electric Supply and Communication Lines: Underground Conduit Systems • Supply Cable • Cable in Underground Structures • Direct-Buried Cable • Risers • Terminations • Part 4. Rules for Operation of Electric Supply and Communication Lines and Equipment: Employer Rules • Employee Rules • Communication Worker Rules • Supply Worker Rules • OSHA Requirements

    David J. Marne, P.E., B.S.E.E., is a consulting electrical engineer. He is company president and senior engineer for Marne and Associates, Inc., in Missoula, Montana, where he specializes in NESC(R) training and engineering design. Mr. Marne serves on NESC(R)Subcommittee 4, Overhead Lines-Clearances, he is a senior member of the IEEE, and has presented seminars on the NESC(R) to a variety of industry professionals.

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    Applied Statics and Strength of Materials (5th Edition)

    Wednesday, July 9, 2008

    By George F. Limbrunner and Leonard Spiegel

    Call Number: TA351 .S64 2009

    Focusing on the fundamentals of material statics and strength, Applied Statics and Strength of Materials, Fifth Edition presents a non-Calculus-based, elementary, analytical, and practical approach, with rigorous, comprehensive example problems that follow the explanation of theory and very complete homework problems that allow trainees to practice the material. The goal of the book is to provide readers with the necessary mechanics background for more advanced and specialized areas of study in the many fields of engineering technology – for example, civil, mechanical, construction, architectural, industrial, and manufacturing. A comprehensive resource for engineers.

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    Audel Mechanical Trades Pocket Manual

    Tuesday, July 1, 2008

    by Carl A. Nelson Sr.

    Call Number: TJ151 .D38 2004c

    This tool needs no maintenance

    Fully revised and updated, this convenient guide covers the latest industrial equipment as well as all the tools and machines prevalent in older plants, even those from the early 1970s and before.

    Your complete reference tool

    • Discusses machinery installation, welding, rigging, carpentry, basic electricity, and more
    • Features a chapter on safety issues
    • Covers belts, drives, transmissions, and bearings
    • Examines automatic sprinkler systems
    • Offers tips for preventive maintenance
    • Includes coverage of piping and pipefitting
    • Reviews shop mathematics, geometry, and trigonometry

    (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)