Practical Electricity, Second Edition, is the first of the "Practical Series" texts by Nigel P Cook. It is designed for a one-semester course in DC/AC Circuits. The previous edition has been used in a variety of settings vocational/technical programs, community colleges, and four-year universities: The text's flexibility derives from its practical and clear approach to the fundamentals of DC/AC Electricity. For programs that offer an Electronic Devices course following the DC/AC Circuits course, Practical Electronics, Second Edition, is also recommended.
Features of the text include:
- Four-color text design and artwork to help students visualize key concepts.
- Review questions at the end of each chapter subsection to reinforce topics.
- Realistic art renderings of circuits and electronic equipment to bridge the lecture and laboratory experience.
- A FREE on-line student guide, which can be found at . Numerous interactive study questions are provided on this site to reinforce the concepts covered in the book.
- Many of the text's circuits have been rendered in Multisim from Electronics Workbench and are available on the Companion Website.
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
- PowerPoint Transparencies. This CD-ROM includes a full set of lecture presentations as well as transparencies for all schematics appearingin the text.
- Test Item File
- PH Test Manager
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.