Higher Education

Direct Current Fundamentals, 8th Edition

  • Stephen L. Herman Lee College (retired)
  • ISBN-10: 1111127468  |  ISBN-13: 9781111127466
  • 512 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2000, 1995
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $192.75
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About

Overview

For nearly half a century, this widely acclaimed text has presented the fundamental concepts of direct current electricity and magnetism in a straightforward, practical manner. This reader-friendly guide to DC electrical theory and applications is both thorough and focused, providing detailed coverage in a convenient, affordable volume. The new Eighth Edition retains the distinguishing features that are the cornerstone of this trusted text, including logically organized content that progresses step-by-step from basic principles to advanced concepts. Enhancements for the new edition include updated photographs and illustrations to help readers grasp essential concepts quickly and apply their knowledge with confidence, as well as special icons highlighting "green" tips on energy efficiency.

Features and Benefits

  • The text includes detailed units related to numerical concepts, electrical measurements, and scientific notation to support an effective and practical learning experience for students.
  • Formulas for voltage dividers and current dividers are accompanied by step-by-step instructions on how to apply them to a circuit, combining theory and application in a novel and useful manner.
  • The chapter on solving DC networks complements the in-depth theoretical discussion with clear, step-by-step solutions to illustrate key methodologies, including the loop current method, the superposition technique, Thevenin's Theorem, and Norton's Theorem.
  • Achievement reviews at the end of each chapter include a variety of practice problems, all of which have been field-tested, making it easier for students to assess their knowledge, identify areas for further study, and prepare effectively for exams.
  • The text employs a practical approach to DC concepts that limits mathematical content to make the material more accessible to a wider variety of students. Where math concepts are essential, the author provides step-by-step explanations to support the discussion and avoid the need for outside reference or study.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Electricity and Electronics.
2. Electricity Production and Use.
3. Electrostatics.
4. Basic Circuit Concepts.
5. Scientific Notation and Metric Prefixes.
6. Electrical Quantity Measurement.
7. Resistance.
8. Ohms Law.
9. Electrical Power and Energy.
10. Series Circuits.
11. Parallel Circuits.
12. Series-Parallel Circuits and Loaded Voltage Dividers.
13. Conduction in Liquid and Gases.
14. Batteries.
15. Magnetism and Electromagnetism.
16. Applications of Electromagnetism.
17. Electrical Measuring Instruments.
18. Electromagnetic Induction.
19. DC Generators.
20. Mechanical Motion from Electrical Energy.
21. DC Motors.
22. Starters and Speed Controllers.
23. Solid State Control of Direct Current Motors.
24. Solving DC Networks.

What's New

  • Numerous new or revised illustrations and photographs, allowing students to visualize key concepts easily and get familiar with tools and techniques used by today's electrical professionals.
  • Updated information on atomic theory expands gives students an opportunity to learn the latest ideas in use within the field of electrical theory.
  • Includes expanded information on the American Wire Gauge system, making it even easier for students to gain familiarity with critical industry standards.
  • Additional material on fuel cells explores the underlying theory and recent developments in a growing area.
  • "Green" information on saving energy and increasing efficiency are called out with eye-catching icons, allowing students to easily find material related to this important trend.

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Alternating Current Fundamentals  (ISBN-10: 1111125279 | ISBN-13: 9781111125271)

ALTERNATING CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, 8E, an industrial standard for over thirty years, has been updated to provide your students with the most current information available on the essentials of alternating current. The topics in this book are arranged to build your student's knowledge, progressing from basic principles such as the differences between peak, rms, and average values to more complex coverage of circuits containing resistance, inductance, and capacitance. This edition of ALTERNATING CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, 8E includes additional information on diodes and rectifiers and contains improved graphics that will assist your students in understanding state-of-the-art concepts.

List Price = $245.95  | CengageBrain Price = $245.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $185.25

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.

List Price = $171.95  | CengageBrain Price = $171.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $129.00

Electricity 1: Devices, Circuits & Materials  (ISBN-10: 1435400720 | ISBN-13: 9781435400726)

Designed to give readers the “building blocks” of electricity concepts, the sequence of topics and practical applications in this book will provide a solid foundation in electron theory and movement, direct-current series circuits, parallel circuits, series-parallel circuits, voltage line drops, rotating machinery fundamentals, and more! Electricity 1: Devices, Circuits and Materials, 9th Edition follows the same user-friendly approach that made previous editions so effective, while incorporating updates based on the 2008 National Electrical Code®. Featuring current industry terminology, photographs of commonly used electrical equipment, and sample problems with solutions, this is an ideal choice for a first course in basic electricity, house wiring, or commercial installations.

List Price = $131.95  | CengageBrain Price = $131.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $99.00

Electricity 3: Power Generation and Delivery  (ISBN-10: 1435400291 | ISBN-13: 9781435400290)

Designed for both novice and practicing electrical workers, Electricity 3: Power Generation and Delivery, 9th Edition, explores various types of generators and the delivery of single phase and three-phase power to the customer site. The ninth edition is updated to the 2008 National Electrical Code® and includes safety features from the power supply industry and current OSHA standards where applicable. This updated edition also features all-new coverage of generator maintenance and troubleshooting and expanded coverage of transfer switches, transformers, and connections. With a continued focus on the “hows” and “whys” of electrical system operation, readers will gain a solid understanding that goes beyond what to do in an electrical problem to why various electrical procedures are important.

List Price = $131.95  | CengageBrain Price = $131.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $99.00

Electricity 4: AC/DC Motors, Controls, and Maintenance  (ISBN-10: 1435400313 | ISBN-13: 9781435400313)

Obtain quick and easy access to information on DC and AC motors, various types of manual, magnetic, and electronic controls, and the installation and maintenance functions of each. Updated to the 2008 National Electrical Code® and featuring safety references to the most current OSHA Safe Work policies, Electricity 4: AC/DC Motors, Controls, and Maintenance, 9th Edition provides practical, hands-on information to get the electrical system operating as well as the theory of “why” the system works to aid in troubleshooting. The Ninth Edition features material on Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and newer controls for servo and small motors. Current practices and equipment have also been added to the Maintenance section to better enable readers to troubleshoot motors and control problems.

List Price = $164.95  | CengageBrain Price = $164.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $123.75

Student Supplements

Alternating Current Fundamentals  (ISBN-10: 1111125279 | ISBN-13: 9781111125271)

ALTERNATING CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, 8E, an industrial standard for over thirty years, has been updated to provide you with the most current information available on the essentials of alternating current. The topics in this book are arranged to build your knowledge, progressing from basic principles such as the differences between peak, rms, and average values to more complex coverage of circuits containing resistance, inductance, and capacitance. This edition of ALTERNATING CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, 8E includes additional information on diodes and rectifiers and contains improved graphics that will assist you in understanding state-of-the-art concepts.

List Price = $245.95  | CengageBrain Price = $245.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $185.25

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 teach by blending concepts relating to electrical theory and principles with practical 'how to' information that prepares you 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 text.

List Price = $171.95  | CengageBrain Price = $171.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $129.00

Electricity 1: Devices, Circuits & Materials  (ISBN-10: 1435400720 | ISBN-13: 9781435400726)

Designed to give readers the “building blocks” of electricity concepts, the sequence of topics and practical applications in this book will provide a solid foundation in electron theory and movement, direct-current series circuits, parallel circuits, series-parallel circuits, voltage line drops, rotating machinery fundamentals, and more! Electricity 1: Devices, Circuits and Materials, 9th Edition follows the same user-friendly approach that made previous editions so effective, while incorporating updates based on the 2008 National Electrical Code®. Featuring current industry terminology, photographs of commonly used electrical equipment, and sample problems with solutions, this is an ideal choice for a first course in basic electricity, house wiring, or commercial installations.

List Price = $131.95  | CengageBrain Price = $131.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $99.00

Electricity 3: Power Generation and Delivery  (ISBN-10: 1435400291 | ISBN-13: 9781435400290)

Designed for both novice and practicing electrical workers, Electricity: Power Generation and Delivery, 9th Edition, explores various types of generators and the delivery of single phase and three-phase power to the customer site. The ninth edition is updated to the 2008 National Electrical Code® and includes safety features from the power supply industry and current OSHA standards where applicable. This updated edition also features all-new coverage of generator maintenance and troubleshooting and expanded coverage of transfer switches, transformers, and connections. With a continued focus on the “hows” and “whys” of electrical system operation, readers will gain a solid understanding that goes beyond what to do in an electrical problem to why various electrical procedures are important.

List Price = $131.95  | CengageBrain Price = $131.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $99.00

Electricity 4: AC/DC Motors, Controls, and Maintenance  (ISBN-10: 1435400313 | ISBN-13: 9781435400313)

Obtain quick and easy access to information on DC and AC motors, various types of manual, magnetic, and electronic controls, and the installation and maintenance functions of each. Updated to the 2008 National Electrical Code® and featuring safety references to the most current OSHA Safe Work policies, Electricity 4: AC/DC Motors, Controls, and Maintenance, 9th Edition provides practical, hands-on information to get the electrical system operating as well as the theory of “why” the system works to aid in troubleshooting. The Ninth Edition features material on Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and newer controls for servo and small motors. Current practices and equipment have also been added to the Maintenance section to better enable readers to troubleshoot motors and control problems.

List Price = $164.95  | CengageBrain Price = $164.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $123.75

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Stephen L. Herman

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, ALTERNATING CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, DIRECT CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, ELECTRICAL STUDIES FOR TRADES, ELECTRICAL PRINCIPLES, EXPERIMENTS IN ELECTRICITY FOR USE WITH LAB VOLT EQUIPMENT, THE COMPLETE LABORATORY MANUAL FOR ELECTRICITY, and PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN MATHEMATICS FOR ELECTRICIANS.