This practical resource introduces electrical and electronic principles and technology covering theory through detailed examples, enabling students to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge required by technicians in fields such as electrical engineering, electronics and telecommunications. No previous background in engineering is assumed, making this an ideal text for vocational courses at Levels 2 and 3, foundation degrees and introductory courses for undergraduates.
John Bird, BSc (Hons), CEng, CSci, CMath, FITE, FIMA, FCollT, is the former Head of Applied Electronics in the Faculty of Technology at Highbury College, Portsmouth, UK. More recently he has combined freelance lecturing and examining, and is the author of over 130 textbooks on engineering and mathematical subjects with worldwide sales of over one million copies. He is currently lecturing at the Defence School of Marine and Air Engineering in the Defence College of Technical Training at HMS Sultan, Gosport, Hampshire, UK.
Preface Part 1. Revision of Some Basic Mathematics 1. Some mathematics revision 2. Further mathematics revision Part 2. Basic Electrical and Electronic Engineering Principles 3. Units associated with basic electrical quantities 4. An introduction to electric circuits 5. Resistance variation 6. Batteries and alternative sources of energy 7. Series and parallel networks 8. Capacitors and capacitance 9. Magnetic circuits 10. Electromagnetism 11. Electromagnetic induction 12. Electrical measuring instruments and measurements 13. Semiconductor diodes 14. Transistors Part 3. Further Electrical and Electronic Principles 15. D.c. circuit theory 16. Alternating voltages and currents 17. Single-phase series a.c. circuits 18. Single-phase parallel a.c. circuits 19. Filter networks 20. D.c. transients 21. Operational amplifiers Part 4. Electrical Power Technology 22. Ways of generating electricity - the present and the future 23. Three-phase systems 24. Transformers 25. D.c. machines 26. Three-phase induction motors Part 5. Laboratory Experiments 27. Some practical laboratory experiments Index