Higher Education

Direct Current Fundamentals, 7th Edition

  • Stephen L. Herman Lee College (retired)
  • ISBN-10: 1418000450  |  ISBN-13: 9781418000455
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2000, 1995, 1991
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $189.75
  • Newer Edition Available



For nearly half a century, this widely acclaimed book has presented the fundamental concepts of DC electricity and magnetism in a straightforward, practical manner. The 7th Edition retains the distinguishing features that are the cornerstone of this winning book, including logically organized content that progresses from basic principles to more complex concepts. Enhancements include updated drawings and photographs that better assist readers in understanding such essential concepts as how to distinguish between digital and analog meters, and solid state control for DC motors.

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Features and Benefits

  • Units related to numerical concepts, electrical measurements, and scientific notation have been augmented during the revision process for an enhanced learning experience
  • New formulas for voltage dividers and current dividers have been added, along with step-by-step instructions on how they can be applied to a circuit
  • A chapter on solving DC networks includes easily understood solutions of the loop current method, superposition technique, Thevenin�s Theorem, and Norton�s Theorem
  • Achievement reviews at the end of each chapter offer a variety of practice problems, all of which have been field tested
  • While DC concepts are conveyed in a practical, non-mathematical fashion, important math concepts are explained step-by-step when necessary

Table of Contents

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


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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.