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7th Edition

Bird's Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology

ISBN 9780367672355
Published October 1, 2021 by Routledge
592 Pages 631 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in its seventh edition, Bird’s Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology introduces and covers theory through detailed examples and laboratory experiments, enabling students to gain knowledge required by technicians in fields such as engineering, electronics, and telecommunications. 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.

The extensive and thorough topic coverage makes this a great text for a range of level 2 and 3 engineering courses, which has helped thousands of students succeed in their exams. It is also suitable for BTEC First, National and Diploma syllabuses, City & Guilds Technician Certificate and Diploma syllabuses, and Foundation Degrees in engineering.

Its companion website at provides resources for both students and lecturers, including full solutions for all 900 further questions, lists of essential formulae, multiple-choice tests and illustrations, as well as full solutions to revision tests and lab experiments for 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 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 

Section 4 Further Electrical Power Technology 

22. Global climate change and the future of electricity generation 

23. Three-phase systems 

24. Transformers 

25. D.c. machines 

26. Three-phase induction motors 

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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 & 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.