An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (SI Edition) 4th edition

Coming Soon Textbook Cover

Jonathan Wickert & Kemper Lewis
Publisher: Cengage Learning


Access is contingent on use of this textbook in the instructor's classroom.

Academic Term
Higher Education Single Term
High School

Online price per student per course or lab, bookstore price varies. Access cards can be packaged with most any textbook, please see your textbook rep or contact WebAssign

  • Chapter 1: The Mechanical Engineering Profession
    • 1.1: Overview
    • 1.2: What is Engineering?
    • 1.3: Who Are Mechanical Engineers?
    • 1.4: Career Paths
    • 1.5: Typical Program of Study
    • 1: Self-Study and Review
    • 1: Problems

  • Chapter 2: Mechanical Design
    • 2.1: Overview
    • 2.2: The Design Process
    • 2.3: Manufacturing Processes
    • 2: Self-Study and Review
    • 2: Problems

  • Chapter 3: Technical Problem-Solving and Communication Skills
    • 3.1: Overview
    • 3.2: General Technical Problem-Solving Approach
    • 3.3: Unit Systems and Conversions
    • 3.4: Significant Digits
    • 3.5: Dimensional Consistency
    • 3.6: Estimation in Engineering
    • 3.7: Communication Skills in Engineering
    • 3: Self-Study and Review
    • 3: Problems

  • Chapter 4: Forces in Structures and Machines
    • 4.1: Overview
    • 4.2: Forces in Rectangular and Polar Forms
    • 4.3: Resultant of Several Forces
    • 4.4: Moment of a Force
    • 4.5: Equilibrium of Forces and Moments
    • 4.6: Design Application: Rolling-Element Bearings
    • 4: Self-Study and Review
    • 4: Problems (10)

  • Chapter 5: Materials and Stresses
    • 5.1: Overview
    • 5.2: Tension and Compression
    • 5.3: Material Response
    • 5.4: Shear
    • 5.5: Engineering Materials
    • 5.6: Factor of Safety
    • 5: Self-Study and Review
    • 5: Problems

  • Chapter 6: Fluids Engineering
    • 6.1: Overview
    • 6.2: Properties of Fluids
    • 6.3: Pressure and Buoyancy Force
    • 6.4: Laminar and Turbulent Fluid Flows
    • 6.5: Fluid Flow in Pipes
    • 6.6: Drag Force
    • 6.7: Lift Force
    • 6: Self-Study and Review
    • 6: Problems

  • Chapter 7: Thermal and Energy Systems
    • 7.1: Overview
    • 7.2: Mechanical Energy, Work, and Power
    • 7.3: Heat as Energy in Transit
    • 7.4: Energy Conservation and Conversion
    • 7.5: Heat Engines and Efficiency
    • 7.6: Internal-Combustion Engines
    • 7.7: Electrical Power Generation
    • 7: Self-Study and Review
    • 7: Problems

  • Chapter 8: Motion and Power Transmission
    • 8.1: Overview
    • 8.2: Rotational Motion
    • 8.3: Design Application: Gears
    • 8.4: Speed, Torque, and Power in Gearsets
    • 8.5: Simple and Compound Geartrains
    • 8.6: Design Application: Belt and Chain Drives
    • 8.7: Planetary Geartrains
    • 8: Self-Study and Review
    • 8: Problems


Introduce your students to the ever-changing field of mechanical engineering as you instill an appreciation for how engineers design hardware that builds and improves societies around the world. An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering: Enhanced SI Edition is ideal for students in their first or second year of a college or university's mechanical engineering program. It is also useful for students in closely related fields. The authors balance the treatment of technical problem-solving skills, design, engineering analysis, and modern technology to provide the solid mechanical engineering foundation students need for future success.

Meet the Authors

Jonathan Wickert, Iowa State University

A Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University, Dr. Jonathan Wickert teaches and conducts research in the areas of applied mechanics, dynamics, and mechanical vibration. As a researcher and consultant, he has worked with companies and federal agencies on a diverse range of engineering problems including computer disk drives and tape libraries, the manufacture of sheet metal, and various consumer products. Dr. Wickert received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as associate editor of engineering journals, as a division chair in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and as chair of the undergraduate mechanical engineering program at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Wickert has received awards in recognition of his teaching and research from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Information Storage Industry Consortium. He was also elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Kemper Lewis, University at Buffalo - SUNY

A Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo - SUNY, Dr. Kemper Lewis teaches and conducts research in the areas of mechanical design, system optimization, and decision modeling. As a researcher and consultant, he has worked with companies and federal agencies on a wide range of engineering design problems. Dr. Lewis received his B.S. in mechanical engineering and B.A. in mathematics from Duke University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has served as associate editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. He has also served on the ASME Design Automation Executive Committee and on the National Academies Panel on Benchmarking the Research Competitiveness of the United States in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, he has worked as the Executive Director of the New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation. Dr. Lewis has received awards in recognition of his teaching and research from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the National Science Foundation.

Features

  • Read It links under each question quickly jump to the corresponding section of a complete, interactive eBook.
  • Lecture Slides, Image Banks, and a complete Instructor Solution Manual are available as textbook resources.
  • Watch It links provide step-by-step instruction with short, engaging videos that are ideal for visual learners.

Questions Available within WebAssign

Most questions from this textbook are available in WebAssign. The online questions are identical to the textbook questions except for minor wording changes necessary for Web use. Whenever possible, variables, numbers, or words have been randomized so that each student receives a unique version of the question. This list is updated nightly.

Question Availability Color Key
BLACK questions are available now
GRAY questions are under development


Group Quantity Questions
Chapter 1: The Mechanical Engineering Profession
1 0  
Chapter 2: Mechanical Design
2 0  
Chapter 3: Technical Problem-Solving and Communication Skills
3 0  
Chapter 4: Forces in Structures and Machines
4.P 10 003 005 007 013 018 021 023 027 030 032
Chapter 5: Materials and Stresses
5 0  
Chapter 6: Fluids Engineering
6 0  
Chapter 7: Thermal and Energy Systems
7 0  
Chapter 8: Motion and Power Transmission
8 0  
Total 10