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What sort of program out there would be able to reproduce the following drawings. Can this be done in latex?enter image description here

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    For electric circuits you can use LaTeX package circuitikz (which based on TikZ/PGF) package. Some mechanical system can be relatively small effort drawn by TikZ or similar program PSscript. Other require more effort and skills (experiences) with mentioned program. Look in texample.net, maybe you will find something what you like to draw and get a filling, how complicated is drawing your picture with LaTeX. – Zarko Apr 2 '16 at 18:36
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    There are at least 5 choices: the already mentioned circuitikz, makecirc (based on MetaPost), pst-circ (based on pstricks), circ and circuit-macros (using the pic language). – Bernard Apr 2 '16 at 19:32
  • there's also circdia but the manual is only available in German. – naphaneal Apr 3 '16 at 11:57
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It's crude, but I tend to make simple diagrams in PowerPoint and then add LaTeX symbols/ equations etc to it using the add-on IguanaTex. Very easy to use and you can simply insert the finished image into your LaTeX document.

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