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on November 1, 2014
Pros: This has probably all the equations you will need. Many of them are formulated in a way that you don't need to do unit conversions, which saves a ton of time on the exam!

Cons: The variables are not defined in this book! This book also has no thermodynamic tables and has only a few properties.

It will work for you if you can also get your hands on a copy of the full reference with the variable definitions, and property tables. Still, you have to spend valuable prep time transferring symbol definitions that could have simply been printed at the beginning of each section.
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on May 31, 2017
its a waste of money. I preferred to write my own formulas. I didn't even use it in the exam.
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on October 4, 2014
I recommend purchasing this right away. I waited for a month after I started studying the MERM and that was a mistake. This has probably 90% of what you;ll need from the MERM and is a great place to take notes, define variables and see the relevant equations in a section laid out one after the other. When working problems or taking practice tests this is where I spend 70% of my time. I havent taken the PE exam yet but I expect to spend more than 80% of my time flipping through this book and relying on my notes and annotations next to equations in here. There is something to be said for being intimately familiar with your tools and this will be my primary tool during the PE exam. Buy it right away and start taking notes next to each and every equation as you plow through the MERM. I've bought all the recommended books, MERM, this, PPI practice problems, 6 minute solutions books, Machine Design handbook 29, Shigleys (see my review on that book) and this is the one that I'm flipping through during problems constantly. Relying on my notes, the compressed pile of equations and looking for relationships between variables. This, the MERM and the test booklet itself will probably be 98% of what I use during the actual exam.
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on April 7, 2017
I agree with others who have said that it's likely better to flag your MERM and be familiar with that. Also, they could have easily put the variable definitions at the beginnings of each MERM chapter in or some condensed version of those. No point buying this really, just focus on navigating the MERM efficiently.
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on April 11, 2013
If you have the master book, you might not need this. It lists a lot of equations, but there is little explanation. I find myself still going back to the master book while trying to use this to figure out what variables are exactly. The conversion table in the front is great though.
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on May 8, 2016
Very useful. Thanks.
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on May 14, 2018
very good
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on December 18, 2015
I found this book to miss the mark.

Without the context of certain equations and charts, there is minimal value in using this book as an alternate to the MERM (the main reference). You will likely do better to flag note your MERM and use it directly... you'll likely know the contents of and can navigate that book much better. This book promotes ease of use, but it's not *that* lightweight. In the end, if you are still *flipping* through this book to find an equation you are looking for, what's the point really? Properly flag noted, your MERM will be just as quick to access.

Studying for and taking the PE is an expensive endeavor. Save your money on this book, or spend on something really useful, like the wonderful "Engineering Unit Conversions", also by Lindeburgh.
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on June 3, 2016
timely and correct
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on January 4, 2013
Prep for the PE exam. I wish I didn't have to buy it but that's not an option. Just as advertised.
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