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Power up your understanding of electricity and electronics with dozens of experiments on currents and magnetism
Electricity Experiments You Can Do At Home is a hands-on, self-teaching guide that will help you get familiar with, or deepen your knowledge of, the principles of electricity and magnetism. Each item contains a reader-friendly tutorial, along with instructions for performing the experiment. This approach reinforces your knowledge of the "why" the "what," and the "how-to."
The book is divided into three major sections: "Direct Current," "Alternating Current," and "Magnetism." Each section begins with a chapter that explains how to set up a lab for the experiments to follow. The first experiments in each section are simple and reinforce the basic theory. Later experiments are fairly sophisticated and are intended to encourage inventiveness, stimulate curiosity, and spark interest in exotic ideas and projects.
Electricity Experiments You Can Do At Home helps you to: Solve circuit problems in electricity Build practical and interesting electrical and magnetic devices Get ideas for science-fair projects Prepare for advanced courses in electricity and electronics Learn the basics of laboratory practice
Packed with hands-on experiments:
Home DC lab; Electrochemical cells in series and parallel; Reverse cells in a series connection; Make cells with fruits, acids and metals; Verify Ohm's Law; Combine resistors in series and parallel; Combine resistors in series-parallel networks; Build and analyze a "nightmare network" of resistors; Demonstrate Kirchhoff's 1st Law; Demonstrate Kirchhoff's 2nd Law; Build and test a voltage divider; Graph voltage, current and resistance; Measure DC power as volt-amperage; Measure body resistance; Measure the resistance of a liquid; Test the resistance of a bulb with variable voltage; Build a compass galvanometer; Build a foil-leaf electroscope; Build a diode-based voltage reducer; Build a solar-cell light meter; Assemble solar cells into a panel; Test partial shading of solar panel; Build a battery charger with solar cells; Separate water into hydrogen and oxygen; Build a solar-powered hydrogen production plant; Home AC lab; Don't be shocked!; Build a diode-based bulb saver; Build an AC light dimmer; Test incandescent bulbs; Test ballasted bulbs in your garage-door opener; Demonstrate induced currents between coils; Build an AC transformer; Build a low-voltage AC/DC power supply; Build a voltage regulator; Measure AC voltages “between grounds”; Build a ground-fault detector; Use a computer as an oscilloscope; Observe how diodes rectify AC; Observe how filter capacitors work; Measure AC ground voltage and current; Capture AC energy from the air; Get AC from a battery; Build a 60-Hz AC field-strength meter; Build a box-fan anemometer; Build a box-fan battery charger; Build a wind-powered hydrogen production plant; Build a baseband electromagnetic audio-visual monitor; Build a baseband optical audio-visual monitor; Build baseband inductor-capacitor filters ; Home magnetism lab; Looking at flux lines in 2 dimensions; Looking at flux lines in 3 dimensions; Alignment of a magnet in the geomagnetic field; Measure geomagnetic inclination and declination; Build a Gauss meter; Make a permanent magnet; Make a DC electromagnet; Make an AC electromagnet; Can you demagnetize a magnet?; Interactions of DC electromagnets with permanent magnets; Interactions of AC electromagnets with permanent magnets; Interactions of AC electromagnets with each other; Magnetic force on a current-carrying wire; Test materials for ferromagnetism; What metals allow magnetic fields through?; Build a magnetic accelerator; Build a solenoid; Test magnetic disks and tapes near magnets; Build a magnetic heat engine;Build a magnetic levitation device; Deflect an electron beam with a magnet; Hear and see geomagnetic echoes
Amp up your understanding of electricity and magnetism with DOZENS OF DO-IT-YOURSELF EXPERIMENTS
Electricity Experiments You Can Do At Home is a hands-on guide that helps you master the principles of electrical currents and magnetism. Each of the book's three sections--direct current, alternating current, and magnetism--begins with step-by-step instructions for setting up your lab for the experiments that follow. Using inexpensive, easy-to-find parts, the experiments progress from basic to more complex and will spark ideas and encourage inventiveness. Expect unexpected results when you experiment with:
- Diode-based voltage reducer
- Compass-based galvanometer
- Photovoltaic illuminometer
- Utility bulb saver
- Ripple filter
- Xener-diode voltage regulator
- AC spectrum monitor
- Ampere's law with wire loop
- AC electromagnet
- Handheld wind turbine
- And dozens more projects
ELECTRICITY EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN DO AT HOME helps you to:
- Solve circuit problems in electricity
- Build practical and interesting electrical and magnetic devices
- Get ideas for science-fair projects
- Prepare for advanced courses in electricity and electronics
- Learn the basics of laboratory practice
Containing dozens of experiments, this hands-on guide helps readers master the principles of electrical currents and magnetism. Using inexpensive, easy-to-find parts, the experiments progress from basic to more complex and will spark ideas and encourage inventiveness.
About the Author
Stan Gibilisco is an electronics engineer, researcher, mathematician, and bestselling author. He has written several Demystified titles and more than 30 other books, including Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics. Gibiliscos book McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing was named as a “Best Reference of 1996” by the ALA.