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Delmar's Standard Textbook of Electricity, 5th Edition 5th Edition

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Introduction: Electrical Occupations 1. Atomic Structure. 2. Electrical Quantities and Ohm's Law. 3. Static Electricity. 4. Magnetism. 5. Resistors. 6. Series Circuits. 7. Parallel Circuits. 8. Combination Circuits. 9. Kirchhoff's Law, Thevenin's and Norton's Theorems. 10. Measuring Instruments. 11. Using Wire Tables and Determining Conductor Sizes. 12. Conduction in Liquids and Gases. 13. Batteries and Other Sources of Electricity. 14. Magnetic Induction. 15. Basic Trigonometry and Vectors. 16. Alternating Current. 17. Inductance in Alternating Current Circuits. 18. Resistive-Inductive Series Circuits. 19. Resistive-Inductive Parallel Circuits. 20. Capacitors. 21. Capacitance in Alternating Current Circuits. 22. Resistive-Capacitive Series Circuits. 23. Resistive-Capacitive Parallel Circuits. 24. Resistive-Inductive-Capacitive Series Circuits. 25. Resistive-Inductive-Capacitive Parallel Circuits. 26. Filters. 27. Three-Phase Circuits. 28. Single-Phase Transformers. 29. Three-Phase Transformers. 30. Direct Current Generators. 31. Direct Current Motors. 32. Three-Phase Alternators. 33. Three-Phase Motors. 34. Single-Phase Motors.

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Stephen L. Herman is a retired electrician and teacher with more than 30 years of experience to his credit. A seasoned author, his reader-friendly textbooks on electricity and mathematics are popular with students and instructors alike. For two decades Mr. Herman was lead instructor for the Electrical Technology Curriculum at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, where he received an Excellence in Education Award from the Halliburton Education Foundation. He also taught at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, N.C., for nine years and helped establish an electrical curriculum for Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, Texas. His additional publications include ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL, ELECTRICITY AND CONTROLS FOR HVAC/R, INDUSTRIAL MOTOR CONTROLS, UNDERSTANDING MOTOR CONTROLS, ELECTRONICS FOR ELECTRICIANS, ELECTRICAL WIRING INDUSTRIAL, ALTERNATING CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, DIRECT CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, ELECTRICAL STUDIES FOR TRADES, ELECTRICAL PRINCIPLES, ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS AND ROTATING MACHINES, EXPERIMENTS IN ELECTRICITY FOR USE WITH LAB VOLT EQUIPMENT, THE COMPLETE LABORATORY MANUAL FOR ELECTRICITY, and PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN MATHEMATICS FOR ELECTRICIANS.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; 5th edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111539154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111539153
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.3 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is required reading for electrical apprentices in Canada. It has lots of practical information and illustrations that are good for the most part. However, I can't let the author off the hook for his incredibly sloppy treatment (poor understanding?) of basic theory. I blame this author for the fact that many electrical instructors are equally foggy on rudimentary theory and sloppy in their use of terminology, and pass their confusion on to generation after generation of students.

A small example: the book states that the joule is the SI equivalent of the watt -- completely, inexcuseably fictional -- and then on the very next page it states a legitimate definition of a joule as being one watt-second. What newbie student needs this? The confusion between energy and power (the rate of energy conversion or work being done) rears its head elsewhere, e.g. in questions like "How many watts of heat are produced when... blah blah blah."

The book's descriptions of atomic structure might've passed muster some decades ago, but they're sorely in need of a refresh.

No appreciation is shown for the proper use of significant figures in calculations. The results of many of the calculations (unless they happen to produce a nice integer result) are stated arbitrarily to three decimal places, e.g. 120*0.0667 = 8.004. This precision isn't justified, and the irony is that a properly-rounded result would actually be more accurate. To compound the problem, solutions frequently involve the calculation of unneeded intermediate results, incurring cumulative errors. Why not fully solve the algebraic expressions for the desired unknowns before plugging in numbers?
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  I have an associate degree in electronics from very many years ago.

  Now, after a bumpy and convoluted career path, I find myself in a trade school learning to be an electrician.

  In the first of several classes along this path, we've been working out of this textbook.

  I am not favorably impressed with this textbook or the associated materials.  I find that many concepts that ought to be simple (and which,fortunately, I already know from my previous background in electronics) are explained in this book in a manner that is often overly complex and confusing, and sometimes unclear and even contradictory.  In the course of this class, I have discovered several outright errors in this book.

  Just today, we had a quiz, of twenty multiple-choice questions, out of which I found two questions where none of the offered answers were correct.  In each case, my instructor, several of my classmates, and myself, all worked the math through several times, from different directions, coming always to the same answer, which matched none of the choices offered; and ultimately were able to discover, in each case, where the author of the questions/answers had gone wrong to come to what was claimed to be the “correct” answer.

  At the very least, the next edition of this book and related materials need some serious proofreading and math-checking on all the test/quiz problems.
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Absolutely terrible textbook. The author has very bad basic understanding of fundamental physics. For example this following paragraph:
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So apparently the author invented faster than light communication (and a time machine)! Take that Einstein! Obviously his understanding is so egregiously wrong that it's astonishing how it passed any editor review (maybe there wasn't one) and made it into the text book. Current absolutely does not travel faster than speed of light (nothing can). EM wave propagates at the speed of light and the drift velocity of electrons are even much lower than that.

I feel terrible for whoever has to read this book for their curriculum.
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By Shocco on February 14, 2013
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I used this book in college electricity class. Its not that great. It has numerous typos and some errors in the examples they give. Some of the review questions ask for information that isn't even covered in the chapter it is asking for. It could also be laid out in a simplier format for better understanding. Given the choice, I would go for a different book.
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Numerous factual errors about basic physics.
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Not a bad book I wish there was more examples in the back and maybe a cd with online tests and home work for each section with better explanations this is all new to me so I like interactive and step by step examples.
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There were a few little flaws in the book but nothing major. They were usually caught right away or my instructor would clarify/warn us about them. I was told not to worry too much about the awg section in the book because the standard of that is in the process of being updated. Overall its a great textbook. It reads well with pretty good illustrations to breakdown and explain things in figures. Every chapter has a summary/overview and practice problems/homework problems. Some answers to practice problems are in the back of the book to check a few answers. The glossary came in handy a few times and it also has pages of different equations/formulas in the back to help with solving circuits. I also like how it begins with safety. Safety first in this field.
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