Residential Construction Academy: Electrical Principles

First Edition
Author: Stephen L. Herman
ISBN #: 1401812945
©2003   Publish Date: 11/18/2002
Binding: HB
Pages: 360
Publisher: Cengage Learning

Price: $129.95


Part of the Residential Construction Academy series, Electrical Principles bridges the gap between theory books that include topics that electricians do not need to know (e.g., resonance and devices) and books for electricians that try to cover all the theory in one chapter. Instead, through the use of a lively writing style and frequent examples, Stephen Herman expands on the important topics that residential electricians need, so that students have time to fully grasp the concepts they'll need on the job. This text focuses on the theory that a residential wireman needs and it includes important safety and OSHA information.

Create a direct link between your education/training program and the residential construction industry! Training materials are now available for many of the residential crafts based on skill standards developed by the nation's leading builders and educators. The result of a strategic partnership between the National Association of Home Builder's Home Builders Institute and Delmar Learning, the Residential Construction Academy Series is the perfect way to teach essential workplace skills to people new to the building trades.

Ideal for use in vocational programs, workforce development programs, professional associations, and trade unions, all materials are based on industry standards. The Residential Construction Academy also offers credentialing for programs using the skill standards and materials, along with a national registry of students who have successfully completed participating programs. The goal is a workforce that is skilled, knowledgeable, and able to meet the needs of the industry today and well into the future.

Product Benefits:

  • examples are used extensively throughout the text to help students master the material
  • a separate chapter on Safety emphasizes the importance of safety on the job
  • a Glossary of Terms opens each chapter to give students easy access to terminology when they need it
  • additional pedagogical features -chapter overviews, objectives, summary, practice problems, and review questions- support the text material
  • an extensive full-color art and photo program brings the topic to life for students

Table of Contents:

Section OneBasic Electricity1

Chapter 1 Safety3
General Safety Rules5
Effects of Electric Current on the Body5
Protective Clothing8
Ladders and Scaffolds9
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters12
Grounding 13
Review Questions 14

Chapter 2Basic Electrical Theory19
Early History of Electricity21
The Law of Charges23
Centrifugal Force24
Electron Orbits24
Valence Electrons25
Electron Flow26
Methods of Producing Electricity26
Summary 27
Review Questions27

Chapter 3Electrical Quantities and Ohms Law28
The Coulomb30
The Amp30
The Electron Theory30
The Conventional Current Theory30
Speed of Current 31
Basic Electrical Circuits32
The Volt33
The Ohm33
The Watt34
Other Measures of Power35
Ohms Law36
Metric Units39
Review Questions40

Chapter 4Resistors41
Uses of Resistors43
Fixed Resistors43
Color Code45
Standard Resistance Values of Fixed Resistors48
Power Ratings49
Variable Resistors50
Schematic Symbols51

Chapter 5Series Circuits54
Series Circuits56
Voltage Drops in a Series Circuit56
Resistance in a Series Circuit57
Calculating Series Circuit Values57
Solving Circuits58
Voltage Dividers64
The General Voltage Divider Formula65
Voltage Polarity65
Using Ground as a Reference66
Review Questions67

Chapter 6Parallel Circuits69
Parallel Circuit Values71
Parallel Resistance Formulas72
Summary 79
Review Questions80

Chapter 7Combination Circuits82
Combination Circuits84
Solving Combination Circuits84
Simplifying the Circuit84
Review Questions96

Chapter 8Measuring Instruments99
Analog Meters101
The Voltmeter101
Multirange Voltmeters102
Reading a Meter103
The Ammeter105
Ammeter Shunts105
AC Ammeters106
Clamp-on Ammeters108
DC-AC Clamp-on Ammeters108
The Ohmmeter110
Digital Meters111
The Low-Impedance Voltage Tester113
Review Questions115

Chapter 9Using Wire Tables and Determining Conductor Sizes 116
Using the National Electric Code Charts118
Factors That Determine Ampacity118
Correction Factors122
Computing Conductor Sizes and Resistance123
Computing Voltage Drop128
Parallel Conductors128
Testing Wire Installations129
Review Questions131

Section TwoAlternating Current145

Chapter 10 Magnetic Induction132
Magnetic Induction134
Flemings Left-Hand Generator Rule135
Moving Magnetic Fields135
Determining the Amount of Induced Voltage135
Lenzs Law136
Rise Time of Current in an Inductor136

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