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Electricity: A Self-Teaching Guide

ISBN: 978-0-471-26405-7
288 pages
July 2003
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Learn electricity at your own pace

What makes a light bulb work? What overloads a fuse? How does a magnetic field differ from an electrical field? With Electricity: A Self-Teaching Guide, you'll discover the answers to these questions and many more about this powerful, versatile force that everyone uses, yet most of us don't understand.

Ralph Morrison demystifies electricity, taking you through the basics step by step. Significantly updated to cover the latest in electrical technology, this easy-to-use guide makes familiar the workings of voltage, current, resistance, power, and other circuit values. You'll discover where electricity comes from, how electric fields cause current to flow, how we harness its tremendous power, and how best to avoid the various pitfalls in many practical applications when the time comes for you to put your knowledge to work. The clearly structured format of Electricity makes it fully accessible, providing an easily understood, comprehensive overview for everyone from the student to the engineer to the hobbyist.

Like all Self-Teaching Guides, Electricity allows you to build gradually on what you have learned-at your own pace. Questions and self-tests reinforce the information in each chapter and allow you to skip ahead or focus on specific areas of concern. Packed with useful, up-to-date information, this clear, concise volume is a valuable learning tool and reference source for anyone who wants to improve his or her understanding of basic electricity.
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A Note to the Reader.

1. Voltage, Current, Resistors and Ohm's Law.

2. Capacitors.

3. The Magnetic Field and the Inductor.

4. Some Important Electrical Circuits.

5. Semiconductor Devices.

6. Electrical Transmission.

7. The Behavior of Electromagnetic Fields.

8. Arcs and Sparks.

Final Self-Test.

Appendix I: Basic Algebra.

Appendix II: Glossary of  Electrical Terms.

Appendix III: Abbreviations.


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RALPH MORRISON is a consultant and lecturer in the area of electronics and interference control. He has more than thirty years of design and consulting experience, and was president of Instrum, Inc., for more than a decade. He is the author of The Fields of Electronics; Grounding and Shielding Techniques, fourth Edition; Noise and Other Interfering Signals; Grounding and Shielding in Facilities; and Solving Interference Problems in Electronics, all from Wiley.
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