A fully comprehensive text for courses in electrical principles, circuit theory and electrical technology, providing 800 worked examples and over 1,350 further problems for students to work through at their own pace. This book is ideal for students studying engineering for the first time as part of BTEC National and other pre-degree vocational courses, as well as Higher Nationals, Foundation Degrees and first-year undergraduate modules.
Table of Contents
Preface; Part 1 Revision of some Basic Mathematics; Part 2 Basic Electrical Engineering Principles; Units associated with basic electrical quantities; An introduction to electric circuits; Resistance variation; Batteries and alternative sources of energy; Series and parallel networks; Capacitors and capacitance; Magnetic circuits. Electromagnetism; Electromagnetic induction; Electrical measuring instruments and measurements; Semiconductor diodes; Transistors; Main formulae for Part 2; Part 3 Electrical Principles and Technology; D.c. circuit theory; Alternating voltages and currents; Single-phase series a.c. circuits; Single-phase parallel a.c. circuits; D.c. transients; Operational amplifiers; Ways of generating electricity – the present and the future; Three phase systems; Transformers; D.c. machines; Three-phase induction motors; Main formulae for Part 3; Part 4 Advanced Circuit Theory and Technology; Revision of complex numbers; Application of complex numbers to series a.c. circuits; Application of complex numbers to parallel a.c. circuits; Power in a.c. circuits; A.c. bridges; Series resonance and Q-factor; Parallel resonance and Q-factor; Introduction to network analysis; Mesh-current and nodal analysis; The superposition theorem; Thevenin’s and Norton’s theorems; Delta-star and star-delta transformations; Maximum power transfer theorems and impedance matching; Complex waveforms; A numerical method of harmonic analysis; Magnetic materials; Dielectrics and dielectric loss; Field theory; Attenuators; Filter networks; Magnetically coupled circuits; Transmission lines; Transients and Laplace transforms; Main formulae for Part 4; Part 5 General reference; Standard electrical quantities – their symbols and units; Greek alphabet; Common prefixes; Resistor colour coding and ohmic values; Index.
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.
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