The most important mechanical motions


Start with Archimedes screw & work forward, show at every step how they effect our world. E.g., lever motion in apop can; the gears; wheels of an Enigma coding machine; the VCR, the Whiffletree, the Velcro machine, the escapement of a watch, the vibrations of a Quartz watch crystal, Babbage's Analytical Engine, a piston/cylinder in a combustion engine, rotary to oscillating motion ....

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Babbage's Engine (what it could be used for and how it works), a good excuse to get to London
(http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objects/computing_and_data_processing/1878-3.aspx) or at least some early punch card computing (Columbia still seems to have a good collection) [I've been to London and seen it! BTW The book The Differnce Engine by Doron Swade is excellent ... bill-engineerguy]