DC/AC Electrical Fundamentals
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This book explores many essential topics in a basic and easy-to-understand manner. This book, and the accompanying Electronic Devices and Circuit Fundamentals, have been modified with significant updates in content. The books are developed using a classic textbook – Electricity and Electronics: A Survey (5th Edition) – as a framework. Both new books have been structured using a similar sequence and organization as previous editions. The previous edition of Electricity and Electronics: A Survey contained 18 chapters, 8 in the Electricity section and 10 in the Electronics section.
This book has been expanded to include 19 chapters, further simplifying content, and providing a more comprehensive coverage of the content. The content has been continually updated and revised through new editions and by reviewers over the years. Additional quality checks to ensure technical accuracy, clarity and coverage of content have always been an area of focus.
Each edition of the text has been improved through the following features:
- Improved and updated text content
- Improved usage of illustrations and photos
- Use of color to add emphasis and clarify content.
Table of Contents
1. DC (Direct Current) Electrical Fundamentals
2. Electrical Components and Measurements
3. Ohm’s Law and Series Electrical Circuits
4. Parallel Circuits
5. Series – Parallel Circuits and Applications
6. Magnetism and Electromagnetism
7. Sources of DC Electrical Energy
8. AC (Alternating Current) Electrical Fundamentals
9. Sources of AC Electrical Energy
10. Capacitors and Capacitive Reactance
11. Inductance and Inductive Reactance
13. R–C (Resistive–Capacitive) Circuits
14. R–L (Resistive–Inductive) Circuits
15. R–L–C (Resistive–Inductive–Capacitive) Circuits
16. Time Constant and Wave-shaping Circuits
17. Math for AC Circuits
18. AC Problem Solving Circuits
19. AC Electrical Energy Conversion
Dale Patrick was a Professor in the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology at Eastern Kentucky University. His experience includes teaching and organizing laboratory classes in Electrical Engineering/Electronics Technology for many years. He completed Bachelor of Science and Graduate Degrees at Indiana State University. His experience also includes research projects, technical teacher training, and energy consulting for business and industry. He and Dr. Fardo have co-authored over 30 textbooks and laboratory manuals.
Stephen Fardo is currently a Foundation Professor in the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology at Eastern Kentucky University. His experience includes teaching and organizing laboratory classes in Electrical Engineering/Electronics Technology for many years and coordinating/advising technical teacher programs for the State of Kentucky. He completed Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctoral degrees at Eastern Kentucky University and University of Kentucky. His experience also includes research projects, technical teacher education, and energy consulting for business and industry. He and Dale Patrick have co-authored over 30 textbooks and laboratory manuals.
Ray Richardson is a Professor in the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology at Eastern Kentucky University. His experience includes teaching and organizing lecture and laboratory classes in Electrical Engineering/Electronics Technology since 1985 as well as teaching technical seminars, technical writing, and classes in the graduate program. He completed Bachelor of Science, Master of Science degrees at Eastern Illinois University, and doctorate level at the University of Illinois. He is certified Technology Manager at the Senior level by ATMAE. Other experience includes research projects in technical education and consulting in the manufacturing, food, and electronics areas.
Vigyan (Vigs) Chandra is a professor and coordinator of the Cyber Systems Technology-related undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by the Departments of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) and Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) at Eastern Kentucky University. He earned a doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a master’s degree in Career and Technical Education from Eastern. He holds certifications in various computer networking areas teaches computer systems and applications, network hardware, communication systems, and digital, analog, and machine-control electronics. He is the recipient of the 2020–21 Critical Thinking and Reading Teacher Award and the 2013 Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence at Eastern. His professional interests include implementing active teaching and learning strategies, metacognition, integrating open-source software/hardware with online control and computer networking technologies.