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Electricity and Electronics Fundamentals, Second Edition

2nd Edition

By Dale R. Patrick, Stephen W. Fardo

Fairmont Press

650 pages

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Hardback: 9781420083873
pub: 2008-07-17
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An introductory text, Electricity and Electronics Fundamentals, delineates key concepts in electricity using a simplified approach that enhances learning. Mathematical calculations are kept to the very minimum and concepts are demonstrated through application examples and illustrations. The books span of topics includes vital information on direct current electronics, alternating current electricity and semiconductor devices as well as electronic circuits, digital electronics, computers and microprocessors, electronic communications, and electronic power control. Supplementary appendices provide a glossary and section on electrical safety along with an explanation of soldering techniques.  

Table of Contents

Direct Current (DC) Electronics)

The System Concept

Basic System Functions

A Simple Electronic System Example

A Digital Electronic System Example

Energy, Work, and Power

Structure of Matter

Electrostatic Charges

Static Electricity

Electric Current




Current Flow

Electrical Force (Voltage)


Voltage, Current, and Resistance

Volts, Ohms, and Amperes

Components, Symbols, and Diagrams


Schematic Diagrams

Block Diagrams

Wiring Diagrams

Electrical Units

Scientific Notation


Measuring Voltage, Current, and Resistance

Digital Meters

Ohm’s Law

Problem-solving with Calculators

Series Electrical Circuits

Parallel Electrical Circuits

Combination Electrical Circuits

Kirchhoff’s Laws

Power in Electrical Circuits

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Permanent Magnets

Magnetic Field around Conductors

Magnetic Field around a Coil


Ohm’s Law for Magnetic Circuits

Domain Theory of Magnetism

Electricity Produced by Magnetism

Alternating Current (AC) Electricity

Alternating Current (AC) Voltage

Single-phase and Three-phase AC

Electromagnetic Induction

Generating AC Voltage

Electrical Generator Basics

Measuring AC Voltage with a VOM

Using an Oscilloscope

Inductance and Capacitance

Mutual Inductance

Inductors in Series and Parallel

Inductive Current Relationships

Capacitive Effects in Circuits

Resistance, Inductance and Capacitance in AC Circuits


Frequency-sensitive AC Circuits

Semiconductor Devices

Semiconductor Theory

Atom Combinations

Conduction in Solid Materials

Semiconductor Materials

Junction Diodes

Junction Biasing

Diode Characteristics

Diode Specifications

Diode Packaging

Zener Diodes

Light-emitting Diodes

Photovoltaic Cells


Varacter Diodes

Bipolar Transistors

Transistor Biasing

Transistor Characteristics

Transistor Packaging

Unipolar Transistors

Junction Field-effect Transistors

MOS field-effect Transistors

Unijunction Transistors

Electronic Circuits

Power Supply Circuits

Amplification Principles

Reproduction and Amplification

Bipolar Transistor Amplifiers

Basic Amplifiers

Signal Amplification

Amplifier Bias

Load-line Analysis

Linear and Nonlinear Operation

Classes of Amplification

Transistor Circuit Configurations

Field-effect Transistor Amplifiers

Basic FET Amplifier Operation

Dynamic JFET Amplifier Analysis

FET Circuit Configurations

Amplifying System Functions

Power Amplifiers

Complementary Symmetry Amplifiers

Integrated-circuit Amplifying Systems

Operational Amplifiers

Oscillator Circuits

Relaxation Oscillators

Digital Electronics

Digital Number Systems

Binary Number System

Binary-coded Decimal (BCD) Number System

Octal Number System

Hexadecimal Number System

Binary Logic Circuits

AND Gates

OR Gates

NOT Gates

Combination Logic Gates

Boolean Algebra

Timing and Storage Elements


Decade Counters

Digital System Display


Digital Counting Systems

Computers and Microprocessors

Microcomputer Basics

Computer Basics

Microcomputer Systems

The Microprocessor


MC Microprocessor


Microcomputer Functions


A Programming Example

Electronic Communications

Communications Systems

Electromagnetic Waves

Continuous Wave Communication

Amplitude Modulation Communication

Superheterodyne Receivers

Frequency Modulation Communication

Television Communication

Fiber Optics

Electronic Power Control

Electronic Power Control System

Silicon Controlled Rectifiers

Triac Power Control

Diac Power Control

Electronic Control Considerations

APPENDIX A—Comprehensive Electronics Glossary

APPENDIX B—Electronic Symbols

APPENDIX C—Electrical Safety

APPENDIX D—Soldering Techniques

APPENDIX E—Power Supply Construction Project

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / Circuits / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications