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Electronics for Electricians, 6th Edition

  • Stephen L. Herman Lee College (retired)
  • ISBN-10: 1111127808  |  ISBN-13: 9781111127800
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2002, 1995
  • © 2012 | Published
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The Sixth Edition of ELECTRONICS FOR ELECTRICIANS is a practical and relevant guide for anyone preparing for a career in industrial settings. With its updated graphics and increased coverage of important topics, this text helps students understand components and circuits in terms of how they work, what they do, how to use them, and how to test them. Review questions and problems in every chapter expose students to the electronic devices commonly found in industry, as well as the circuit applications of those devices.

Features and Benefits

  • A step-by-step guide to Testing Solid-State Components in the Appendix makes this text a ready reference for technicians.
  • Hands-on, practical applications of the concepts are provided through labs in the back of the book.
  • Coverage includes information on decimal, binary, octal, and hexadecimal number systems as well as the test instruments commonly used to measure values in an electronic circuit.
  • An eight-page color insert with resistor color codes is included to help readers identify resistors.

Table of Contents

1. The Oscilloscope.
2. Semiconductors.
3. Power Rating and Heat Sinking Components.
4. Junction Diodes.
5. Light-Emitting-Diodes (LEDs) and Photodiodes.
6. Single-Phase Rectifiers.
7. The Polyphase Rectifier.
8. Filters.
9. Special Diodes.
10. The Transistor.
11. The Transistor Switch.
12. The Transistor Amplifier.
13. The Darlington Amplifier.
14. Field Effect Transistors.
15. Current Generators.
16. The Unijunction Transistor.
17. The SCR in a DC Circuit.
18. The SCR in an AC Current.
19. Phase Shifting an SCR.
20. UJT Phase Shifting for an SCR.
21. SCR Control of a Full-Wave Rectifier.
22. A Solid-State Alarm with Battery Backup.
23. The Diac and Silicon Bilateral Switch.
24. The Triac.
25. Phase Shifting the Triac.
26. Other Methods of AC Voltage Control.
27. The Solid-State Relay.
28. The Oscillator.
29. The DC to DC Voltage Double.
30. The Off-Delay Timer.
31. The On-Delay Timer.
32. The Pulse Timer.
33. The 555 Timer.
34. The 555 Timer Used as an Oscillator.
35. The 555 On-Delay Timer.
36. The 555 Pulse Timer.
37. Above and Below-Ground Power Supplies.
38. The Operational Amplifier.
39. The 741 Op Amp Level Detector.
40. The 741 Operational Amplifier Used as an Oscillator.
41. Voltage Regulators.
42. Digital Logic.
43. The Bounceless Switches. Circuit Applications.
44.Design of Circuit #1 (Photodetector).
45. Design of Circuit #2 (Animal Feeder).
46. Design of Circuit #3 (Solid-State Pushbutton Control).
47. Design of Circuit #4 (Electronic Locks).
48. Design of Circuit #5 (Solid-State Thermostat).
Appendix A: Testing Solid-State Components.
Procedure 1: Testing a Diode.
Procedure 2: Testing a Transistor.
Procedure 3: Testing a Unijunction Transistor.
Procedure 4: Testing a SCR.
Procedure 5: Testing a Triac.
Appendix B: Ohm’’s Law Formulas.
Appendix C: Parts List.
Appendix D: Schematic Symbols.
Appendix E: Conversation Factors for Sine-Wave Voltages.

What's New

  • Graphics have been completely updated.
  • Laboratory exercises include a Foreword.
  • Coverage of light emitting diodes has been added


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor Resources  (ISBN-10: 1111127816 | ISBN-13: 9781111127817)

The Instructor Resources include PowerPoint presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, Instructor’s Manual, and other text-specific resources.

Delmar’s Standard Textbook of Electricity  (ISBN-10: 1111539154 | ISBN-13: 9781111539153)

Mastering the theory and application of electrical concepts is necessary for a successful career in the electrical installation or industrial maintenance fields, and this new fifth edition of DELMAR’S STANDARD TEXTBOOK OF ELECTRICITY delivers! Designed to train aspiring electricians, this text blends concepts relating to electrical theory and principles with practical ’how to’ information that prepares students for situations commonly encountered on the job. Topics span all the major aspects of the electrical field including atomic structure and basic electricity, direct and alternating current, basic circuit theory, three-phase circuits, single phase, transformers, generators, and motors. This revision retains all the hallmarks of our market-leading prior editions and includes enhancements such as updates to the 2011 NEC®, a CourseMate homework lab option, and a new chapter on industry orientation as well as tips on energy efficiency throughout the tex.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Stephen L. Herman

Stephen L. Herman--both an electrician and a teacher for more than 30 years--authored numerous popular textbooks on the subjects of electricity and mathematics. Now retired, Mr. Herman spent two decades as 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, North Carolina, for nine years, and helped establish an electrical curriculum for Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Additional publications include DELMAR’S STANDARD TEXTBOOK OF ELECTRICITY, INDUSTRIAL MOTOR CONTROLS, UNDERSTANDING MOTOR CONTROLS, ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL, 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, THE COMPLETE LABORATORY MANUAL FOR ELECTRICITY, and PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN MATHEMATICS FOR ELECTRICIANS.