Introductory DC/AC Circuits (6th Edition)

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B> This time-honored book, now in its sixth edition, improves on its charter to offer comprehensive and current coverage of DC/AC electronics and Semiconductor Devices and Circuits, along with all prerequisite mathematics, in a learner-friendly easily-accessible format. The presentation includes many chapter-opening and margin timelines, component-type tables, circuit analysis tables, protoboard pictorials, extensive testing and troubleshooting, and much more. For electrical engineers and computer technicians.

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This reader-friendly introduction to DC/AC circuits uses a "practical learning approach" filled with historical success stories, guided step-by-step examples, actual circuit applications, device testing, circuit troubleshooting, performance based objectives, quick-references summary sheets, and integrated mini-math reviews. A free time-locked complete CD-ROM version of Electronics Workbench is included along with 150 pre-built circuits taken directly from the book. Covers topics from basic electricity, direct current and alternating current circuits, through semiconductor devices and op amps. Considers new technology topics (e.g., how to solder and desolder surface mount components (SMCs), the hand-held scopemeter). Covers component testing, circuit troubleshooting, and test equipment operation, to prepare readers for the working world. Features a 16-page color career opportunity photographic essay that details the development of electronic products and describes career opportunities. For those beginning their training or expanding their career skills in electronics.

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Preface

TO THE STUDENT

The early pioneers in electronics were intrigued by the mystery and wonder of a newly discovered science, whereas people today are attracted by its ability to lend its hand to any application and accomplish almost anything imaginable. If you analyze exactly how you feel at this stage, you will probably discover that you have mixed emotions about the journey ahead. On one hand, imagination, curiosity, and excitement are driving you on, while apprehension and reservations may be slowing you down. Your enthusiasm will overcome any indecision you have once you become actively involved in electronics and realize that it is as exciting as you ever expected it to be.

ORGANIZATION OF THE TEXTBOOK

This textbook has been divided into three basic parts. Chapters 1 through 3 introduce you to the world of electronics and the fundamentals of electricity. Chapters 4 through 7 cover direct current, or dc, circuits; Chapters 8 through 14 cover alternating current, or ac, circuits.

· Introduction to Electronics

Part I: The Fundamentals of Electricity
· Chapter 1: Voltage and Current
· Chapter 2: Resistance and Power
· Chapter 3: Resistors

Part II: Direct-Current Electronics
· Chapter 4: Direct Current (DC)
· Chapter 5: Series DC Circuits
· Chapter 6: Parallel DC Circuits
· Chapter 7: Series-Parallel DC Circuits

Part III: Alternating-Current Electronics
· Chapter 8: Alternating Current (AC)
· Chapter 9: Capacitance and Capacitors
· Chapter 10: Capacitive Circuits, Testing, and Applications
· Chapter 11: Electromagnetism and Electromagnetic Induction
· Chapter 12: Inductance and Inductors
· Chapter 13: Transformers
· Chapter 14: Resistive, Inductive, and Capacitive (RLC) Circuits

The material covered in this book has been logically divided and sequenced to provide a gradual progression from the known to the unknown, and from the simple to the complex.

ANCILLARIES ACCOMPANYING THIS TEXT

The following ancillaries accompanying this text provide extensive opportunity for further study and support:

  • Electronics Workbench/MultiSim CD-ROM. Packaged with each copy of this text, the CD-ROM contains over 100 circuits from the text, created in both Electronics Workbench Version 5 and Electronics Workbench MultiSim Version 6. Forty (40) of these circuits can be simulated in the free demonstration version of MultiSim. The remaining circuits require that the user have the Electronics Workbench software, as this software is not included. Electronics Workbench software can be obtained by contacting your local bookstore, or by visiting http://www.electronicsworkbench.com.
  • Laboratory Manual. Co-authored by Nigel Cook and Gary Lancaster, the lab manual offers numerous experiments designed to translate all of the textbook's theory into practical experimentation.
  • Practical Circuit Applications in DC/AC Electronics, with Study Wizard CD-ROM, by Bradley Thompson. This important study guide lends additional support, including a math review and many practical circuit applications.
  • Companion Website, located at http://www.prenhall.com/cook. Numerous interactive study questions are provided on this site to reinforce the concepts covered in the book.

To complete the ancillary package, the following supplements are essential elements for any instructor using this text for a course:

  • Instructor's Solutions Manual
  • Solutions Manual to Accompany Laboratory Manual
  • Instructor's Answer Key to Practical Circuit Applications in DC/AC Electronics
  • PowerPoint™ Transparencies. This CD-ROM includes a full set of lecture presentations as well as transparencies for all schematics appearing in the text.
  • Test Item File
  • PH Custom Test Manager

CIRCUIT SIMULATION CD-ROM USING EWB VERSION 5
AND EWB MULTISIM VERSION 6

In the back of this book is a CD-ROM containing the circuit simulation software Electronics Workbench© (EWB). Using the demo on this CD, you can simulate forty circuits taken directly from this text. The EWB icon shown here in the margin indicates which circuits in this text have been prebuilt and stored on the CD, ready for simulation.

DEVELOPMENT, CLASS TESTING, AND REVIEWING

The first phase of development for this manuscript was conducted in the classroom with students and instructors as critics. Each topic was class-tested by videotaping each lesson, and the results were then evaluated and implemented. This invaluable feedback enabled me to fine-tune my presentation of topics and instill understanding and confidence in the students.

The second phase of development was to forward a copy of the revised manuscript to several instructors at schools throughout the country. Their technical and topical critiques helped to mold the text into a more accurate form.

The third and final phase was to class-test the final revised manuscript and then commission the last technical review in the final stages of production.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

My appreciation and thanks are extended to the following instructors who have reviewed and contributed greatly to the development of this textbook: Venkata Anadu, Southwest Texas State University; Don Barrett, Jr., DeVry Institute of Technology; Lynnette Garetz, Heald College; Joe Gryniuk, Lake Washington Technical College; Jerry M. Manno, DeVry Institute of Technology; George Sweiss, ITT Technical Institute; and Bradley J. Thompson, State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred.

Nigel P. Cook

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