Machines and Mechanisms-Applied Kinetic Analysis

Title: Machines and Mechanisms

Author: David Myszka


The objective of this book is to provide the techniques necessary to study the motion of machines. A focus is placed on the application of kinematic theories to real-world machinery.

It is intended to bridge the gap between a theoretical study of kinematics and the application to practical mechanisms. Students completing a course of study using this book should be able to determine the motion characteristics of a machine.

The topics presented in this book are critical in machine design process as such analyses should be performed on design concepts to optimize the motion of a machine arrangement.

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The approach of applying theoretical developments to practical problems is consistent with the philosophy of engineering technology programs.

This book is primarily oriented toward mechanical- and manufacturing-related engineering technology programs. It can be used in either associate or baccalaureate degree programs.


  1. Introduction to Mechanisms and Kinematics
  2. Building Computer Models of Mechanisms Using Working Model® Software
  3. Vectors
  4. Position and Displacement Analysis
  5. Mechanism Design
  6. Velocity Analysis
  7. Acceleration Analysis
  8. Computer-Aided Mechanism Analysis
  9. Cams: Design and Kinematic Analysis
  10. Gears: Kinematic Analysis and Selection
  11. Belt and Chain Drives 
  12. Screw Mechanisms
  13. Static Force Analysis
  14. Dynamic Force Analysis

Only the names of the main topics are above. For complete subtopics and further details, refer to the book.