The humble bearings. The overlooked steel bushings. The cute but forgotten cogwheels. How many mechanical parts can you name? Mechanics isn’t about ‘its’, it’s about ‘thems’ - mechanics is all about a number of smaller parts coming together to form a cohesive and collaborative whole. You need to know the names and properties of these parts in order to understand mechanics, and master its basics. The minutiae of mechanics isn’t a dull thing to study if you intend on creating wonderful things, being involved in a mechanics project, or just want to know the hows of some of our greatest human accomplishments. Basic mechanics allows us to fix our car or bike, make a small but much needed repair to the washing machine, and even fix a broken radio or TV.