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Basic Electricity Second Edition A Self-Teaching Guide Ever Wonder
What makes a light bulb work? What overloads a fuse? Why your car needs a battery and an alternator? We all use electricity in our daily lives, yet most of us dont know what it is or how it works. With Basic Electricity, Second Edition, you can teach yourself all about electricityfor everyday understanding or as a basis for further study. This easy-to-use guide takes you through the basics of electricity and familiarizes you with the workings of voltage, current, resistance, power, and other circuit values in direct-current and alternating-current electricity. The Second Edition has been extensively updated to include the latest in electrical technology. Through step-by-step problem-solving, youll gain a true understanding of the basic rules, laws, concepts and equations of electric circuits. Best of all, youll understand and appreciate the nature of electricity without ever having to determine its "invisible" identity. Self-tests at the end of each chapter have been fully revised
and a brand-new end-of-course exam is included so you can test your overall comprehension of basic electricity. For further study, the Second Editions cross-referenced list of standard texts on electricity has also been updated.
About the Author
CHARLES W. RYAN is a technical writer for Itron, Inc., an electronics manufacturing firm in Spokane, WA. He is also the author of several nonfiction books.
Table of Contents
What is Electricity?
Understanding Voltage, Current, and Resistance.
The Simple Electric Circuit.
Series and Parallel Circuits.
Direct-Current Compound Circuits.
Magnetism and Electromagnets.
Introduction to Alternating-Current Electricity.
Inductive and Capacitive Reactance.
Alternating-Current Circuit Theory.