AutoCAD for Success Using AutoCAD 2000 and AutoCAD 2000i

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9780130853493: AutoCAD for Success Using AutoCAD 2000 and AutoCAD 2000i

(Pearson Education. Autodesk) A step-by-step lab approach to learning AutoCAD 2000 and AutoCAD 2000i. Includes an introduction and summary in each chapter, labs for hands-on reinforcement of material, more than 800 drawings and screen captures, and boxes throughout the text that provide further insight into the software and its applications. Softcover. DLC: Computer graphics.

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AutoCAD for Success Using AutoCAD® 2000 and AutoCAD ® 2000i includes a powerful blend of theoretical information and the practical applications that bring that theory to fife. Each-chapter contains an introduction to the idea, a clear explanation of the material behind it, and a step-by-step lab approach to reinforce the concepts, covering such areas as basic and advanced 2D drawing, creating in 3 dimensions, solid modeling; customizing; and programming.

The text contains a number of features that quickly guide the beginner, to greater and greater proficiency. These include:

  • A clear introduction and summary in each chapter
  • Labs at the end of every chapter for hands-on reinforcement
  • Separate chapters filled with architectural, mechanical, and electrical/electronic projects
  • An appendix section with extra information on AutoCAD, tables and drawings; and many, other useful features
  • "Shared for Success" boxes throughout the text that provide further insight into the use of the software and its application
  • Over 800 drawings and screen captures tri make the subjects both clear and vivid

"In this age of constant reeducation and an ever-expanding fact base, those who possess both information and the skills required to accumulate new information will lead, the world, or at least their little part of it."

Ethier and Ethier

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There is nothing more valuable today than information. Stocks, bonds, gold, and precious jewels don't even come close. In this age of constant re-education and an ever-expanding fact base, those who possess both information and the skills required to accumulate new information will lead the world, or at least their little part of it.

For this reason, our goal for AutoCAD for Success is not only to produce a solid, skilled CAD operator with knowledge of the fundamentals, but also to leave behind a better problem solver, a competent troubleshooter with the hardware, and a confident adviser on the software. This person will be better equipped to ask the questions that will lead to the necessary answers for both the employer and him- or herself.

For those who first encountered our methods in our first text, AutoCAD in 3 Dimensions, it is with great pleasure that we invite you on a journey through the world of AutoCAD once again. This time, it promises to be a more all-encompassing one, which begins, quite properly, at the very beginning and takes you through the basics of 2D drawing, 3D modeling, and solids.

The format will look somewhat familiar to those of you who have AutoCAD in 3 Dimensions. But, as with any better mousetrap, there are changes as well. The chapters begin with a look at the content or theory involved in the chosen topic and end with a lab that reinforces some or all of the concepts discussed. Each of the thirty-four theory chapters ends with long-answer questions and a number of assignments that involve drawing in a more and more complex manner as you collect the mandatory skills. Because of the growing interest in and use of 3D modeling, eight chapters focus on this area, with four of them concerned exclusively with solid modeling. The text ends with three large application chapters that have been written in a more student-directed manner than the rest of the text.

Because the text itself promises to have a great deal of theory and new information, as well as the practical components, the text's appendices cover everything from sample organizational forms to lists of commands, options, standards, and terminology. It is our fervent desire that this text act as both an excellent tutorial process and a fine reference manual. To that end, more than 900 illustrations accompany the text to enhance the conceptual understanding with graphic emphasis.

In addition to the text, there is a teacher's guide that includes an answer booklet for the long-answer questions in the text's chapters and an additional test bank that includes multiple-choice, true-false, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer questions for every chapter, a section of class discussion topics, teacher extensions, and activity suggestions for every chapter.

We hope you are as excited about this educational journey as we are. Drawing on CAD is a truly wonderful thing but it's a little like combining caffeine and power—it's quite addictive and may keep you up nights. Still, it's well worth the risk. There is nothing like having a machine at your fingertips that can translate flawlessly onto a sheet of crisp, white paper the creative visions that are so vivid in your mind's eye. What's more, there are no pencil marks to smudge. Come on! Let's get started in this relatively smudge-free world.

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank the following people for their assistance and dedication to the task: first of all, Stephen Helba, who played all the parts deftly and held us when we cried . . . Stephen, thank you. We would also like to thank the rest of the crew at Prentice Hall and associates, including Michelle Churma for her hand holding and her famous cheesecakes, Debbie Yarnell for her sparkle, charm, and excellent ideas, as well as Lisa Garboski, Mary Storm-Baranyai, Patricia Wilson, and those behind the scenes for an unmentionable task so well performed. Thanks to you all.

Stephen and Christine Ethier

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