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Electricity Demystified,9780071439251

Electricity Demystified

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/21/2005
Publisher(s): McGraw-Hill Professional
Availability: This title is currently not available.

Summary

POWER UP YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF ELECTRICITYNow anyone with an interest in electricity can master it -- without getting their wires crossed. In "Electricity Demystified, best-selling science and math writer Stan Gibilisco provides an effective and painless way to improve your understanding of the electricity that powers so much of modern life. With "Electricity Demystified, you master the subject one simple step at a time -- at your own speed. This unique self-teaching guide offers quizzes and tests at the end of each chapter and section to pinpoint weaknesses, and a 70-question final exam to reinforce the entire book. If you want to build or refresh your understanding of electricity, here's a fast, entertaining self-teaching course that's really electrifying! Get ready to: Understand what gives electricity its power Solve problems involving current, voltage, power, and resistance Grasp the connection between electricity and magnetism Discover how magnetic levitation works Learn about alternative electricity sources, such as solar energy and fuel cells Take a "final exam" and grade it yourself!A fast, effective, and fun way to learn about electricity, Electricity Demystified is the perfect shortcut to a deeper understanding of one of the most powerful forces in our lives.

Author Biography

Stan Gibilisco (Chippewa Falls, WI) is a best-selling electronic and Demystified author. His prior titles include The TAB Encyclopedia of Electronics for Technicians, Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, Physics Demystified, Geometry Demystified, and The Illustrated Dictionary of Electronics.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
PART ONE DC ELECTRICITY
1(100)
A Circuit Diagram Sampler
3(18)
Block Diagrams
3(6)
Schematic Diagrams
9(4)
More Diagrams
13(3)
Quiz
16(5)
Charge, Current, Voltage, and Resistance
21(17)
Charge
21(6)
Current
27(2)
Voltage
29(3)
Resistance
32(3)
Quiz
35(3)
Ohm's Law, Power, and Energy
38(14)
Prefix Multipliers
38(2)
Ohm's Law
40(3)
Power
43(3)
Energy
46(3)
Quiz
49(3)
Simple DC Circuits
52(19)
Series Circuits
52(6)
Parallel Circuits
58(6)
Kirchhoff's Laws
64(3)
Quiz
67(4)
Cells and Batteries
71(30)
Electrochemical Power
71(7)
Common Cells and Batteries
78(3)
Photovoltaics
81(4)
Fuel Cells
85(1)
Quiz
86(15)
Test: Part One
89(12)
PART TWO AC ELECTRICITY
101(100)
Fundamentals of AC
103(19)
How a Wave Alternates
103(4)
The Shape of the Wave
107(4)
The Strength of the Wave
111(5)
How AC Is Produced
116(3)
Quiz
119(3)
Electricity in the Home
122(23)
Phase
122(6)
Transformers
128(5)
Ohm's Law, Power, and Energy
133(6)
Lightning
139(2)
Quiz
141(4)
Power Supplies
145(19)
Rectifiers
145(6)
Filtering and Regulation
151(5)
Protection of Equipment
156(5)
Quiz
161(3)
Wire and Cable
164(37)
Wire Conductors
164(9)
Wire Splicing
173(2)
Electrical Cable
175(5)
Connectors
180(6)
Quiz
186(15)
Test: Part Two
189(12)
PART THREE MAGNETISM
201(108)
What Is Magnetism?
203(18)
Magnetic Force
203(6)
Magnetic Field Strength
209(4)
Geomagnetism
213(4)
Quiz
217(4)
Electromagnetic Effects
221(20)
Electromagnetic Deflection
221(5)
Electromagnetic Fields
226(7)
Electromagnetic Interference
233(2)
EM versus ELF
235(3)
Quiz
238(3)
Practical Magnetism
241(68)
Electromagnets
241(3)
Magnetic Materials
244(6)
Magnetic Devices
250(10)
Magnetic Media
260(4)
Magnetic Levitation
264(12)
Quiz
276(33)
Test: Part Three
278(11)
Final Exam
289(20)
Appendix 1 Answers to Quiz, Test, and Exam Questions 309(4)
Appendix 2 Symbols Used in Schematic Diagrams 313(17)
Suggested Additional References 330(1)
Index 331

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