December 2008 Archives

Winter Break

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Image by la vaca vegitariana via Flickr. CC.

As the finals on campus begin to end I just want to wish everyone a good and restorative winter break.

The Physical Science and Engineering Library will be open for most of break. We've got the reduced hours and schedule of closings listed on our website.

I'll be out of the office from December 24-Jan. 4--so if you have any reference questions send me an email in the next couple of days otherwise I can't guarantee that I'll see it until after the new year.

In looking ahead to January...we'll be offering a wide selection of workshops the week before classes start to get everyone back in that academic frame of mind. To see the full schedule click here

Happy Break!

New Books at Walter

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Looking for something to read over Winter Break? Here's a selection of recently added titles relevant to Mechanical Engineering in the Physical Science and Engineering Library's collection.

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Engineering Fluid Mechanics
By C.T. Crowe
TA357 C76 2009

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Flow-Induced Vibrations : Classifications and Lessons From Practical Experiences
By Shigehiko Kaneko
TJ177 F56 2008

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Future Energy : Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for Our Planet
By Trevor M. Letcher
TJ163.2 F88 2008

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Nonlinear Dynamics of Piecewise Constant Systems and Implementation of Piecewise Constant Arguments
By Liming Dai
QA845 D35 2008

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Numerical Computation in Science and Engineering
By C. Pozrikidis
TA330 P698 2008

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Topological Approximation Methods for Evolutionary Problems of Nonlinear Hydrodynamics
By Victor Zvyagin and Dmitry A. Vorotnikov
QA377 Z89 2008

Check for current availability in MNCat Plus.

Happy Reading!

Connect Amazon to UMN Libraries

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The library programmers have come up with another tool that should make finding books and other materials even simpler. They've developed a tool that can be used with the Mozilla Firefox web browser that will link Amazon.com with our library's collection and tell you whether or not we own a copy.

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Here are step-by-step instructions to set the tool up.

If it comes up that we don't have a copy you can place an ILL request or email me a purchase recommendation.

End of Semester Events @ Walter Library

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Walter Library will be sponsoring some special events this week and next as the semester winds down:

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SMART Commons Cram Slam
The Smart Learning Commons will be offering tutoring, workshops, and snacks at Walter Library (Room 204) on Wednesday, December 10 from 1pm - 6 pm. To learn more about the event visit their website.

Walter Library Study Break!
Walter Library's Annual Final's Study Break will be held on Thursday, December 11 @ 7pm in Walter 101. We'll have free treats, giving you an extra boost of energy as you make it through your final exams, papers and projects!

Great Hall Open 24 Hours
The Great Hall on Walter's 2nd Floor will be open 24 hours for studying starting on Thursday, December 11 @ 8 am and continuing through until Thursday, December 18 @ 9pm. Good luck with your studies!

New Books at Walter

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Here are some new books related to Mechanical Engineering that can be found at Walter Library. Check MNCat to find out the current availability of the books.


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Engineering Design Graphics: Sketching, Modeling, and Visualization
By James M. Leake and Jacob Borgerson
TA174 L43 2008


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Flexible Robot Manipulators: Modeling, Simulation and Control
Edited by M.O. Tokhi and A.K.M. Azad
TJ211 F54 2008


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Heat Conduction
By Yaman Yener and Sadik Kakac
QC320 K35 2008


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Mechanical Vibration Practice and Noise Control
By Viswanatha Ramamurti
TA355 R356 2008


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Numerical Simulation of Waves and Fronts in Inhomogeneous Solids
By Arkadi Berezovski, Juri Engelbrecht, and Gerard A. Maugin
QA935 B375 2008


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Practical Hydraulics
By Melvyn Kay
TC160 K38 2008

If you have any book requests, please feel free to drop me an email.