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7th Edition

Bird's Electrical Circuit Theory and Technology

ISBN 9780367672225
Published October 1, 2021 by Routledge
930 Pages 1109 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in its seventh edition, Bird’s Electrical Circuit Theory and Technology explains electrical circuit theory and associated technology topics in a straightforward manner, supported by practical engineering examples and applications to ensure that readers can relate theory to practice.

The extensive and thorough coverage, containing over 800 worked examples, makes this an excellent text for a range of courses, in particular for Degree and Foundation Degree in electrical principles, circuit theory, telecommunications, and electrical technology. The text includes some essential mathematics revision, together with all the essential electrical and electronic principles for BTEC National and Diploma syllabuses and City & Guilds Technician Certificate and Diploma syllabuses in engineering. This material will be a great revision for those on higher courses.

This edition includes several new sections, including glass batteries, climate change, the future of electricity production, and discussions concerning everyday aspects of electricity, such as watts and lumens, electrical safety, AC vs DC, and trending technologies.

Its companion website at provides resources for both students and lecturers, including full solutions for all 1400 further questions, multiple choice questions, lists of essential formulae and bios of famous engineers; as well as full solutions to revision tests, lab experiments, and illustrations for adopting course instructors.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Revision of some basic mathematics
1. Some mathematics revision
2. Further mathematics revision
Section 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
Section 3 Electrical Principles and Technology
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. d.c. transients
20. Operational amplifiers
21. Global climate change and the future of electricity generation
22. Three-phase systems
23. Transformers
24. d.c. machines
25. Three-phase induction motors
Section 4 Advanced circuit theory and technology
26. Revision of complex numbers
27. Application of complex numbers to series a.c. circuits
28. Application of complex numbers to parallel a.c. circuits
29. Power in a.c. circuits
30. a.c. bridges
31. Series resonance and Q-factor
32. Parallel resonance and Q-factor
33. Introduction to network analysis
34. Mesh-current and nodal analysis
35. The superposition theorem
36. Thévenin’s and Norton’s theorems
37. Delta-star and star-delta transformations
38. Maximum power transfer theorems and impedance matching
39. Complex waveforms
40. A numerical method of harmonic analysis
41. Magnetic materials
42. Dielectrics and dielectric loss
43. Field theory
44. Attenuators
45. Filter networks
46. Magnetically coupled circuits
47. Transmission lines
48. Transients and Laplace transforms
Section 5 General reference

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John Bird, BSc (Hons), CEng, CMath, CSci, FIMA, FIET, 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 at the University of Portsmouth, with Examiner responsibilities for Advanced Mathematics with City and Guilds and examining for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He has over 45 years’ experience of successfully teaching, lecturing, instructing, training, educating, and planning of trainee engineers study programmes. He is the author of 146 textbooks on engineering, science, and mathematical subjects, with worldwide sales of over one million copies. He is a chartered engineer, a chartered mathematician, a chartered scientist and a Fellow of three professional institutions. He has recently retired from lecturing at the Royal Navy’s Defence College of Marine Engineering in the Defence College of Technical Training at H.M.S. Sultan, Gosport, Hampshire, UK, one of the largest engineering training establishments in Europe.