Exploring Electricity

Exploring Electricity - Michael Merchant - 9780023805554 - Electronics and Computer Technology - DC/AC Circuits (111)
Prentice Hall
Michael Merchant  
Total pages
September 1995

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Appropriate for courses in DC/AC electronics or circuit analysis.

The first text in the Prentice Hall “Exploring” Series, this book provides strong, technican-level coverage of DC/AC electronics. Devoted to the students' needs and perspective, Merchant's reader-friendly style conveys the fundamentals of electricity with simple vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure that make the text accessible and comprehensible to students with highly diversified educational, technical and cultural backgrounds.


  • begins each chapter with a plausible, interesting and enlightening troubleshooting situation which the student will be able to solve after studying the chapter.
  • replaces traditional math examples with unique “Skill-Builders:
    • walks the student through the solution of a math problem with margin notes identifying formulas, exploring key steps, and showing calculator keystroke sequences

    • includes data for five immediate repetitions of the problem to strengthen retention and build self-confidence

  • begins each section with key “You-Will-Learn”statements highlighted in color:
    • repeats the key statements as topic sentences within the section

    • checks student retention of the key statements at the end of the section

  • “Do You Agree” troubleshooting questions appear at the end of each chapter, assisting in the development of analytical skills.
  • contains many original analogies and illustrations to de-mystify the subject and give the students the sense that they can succeed as technicians.
  • introduces math and formulas in small, digestible doses to give the students time to absorb and master the math skills.
  • relieves the student of having to perform or follow algebraic manipulations:
    • assumes no previous training i algebra or trigonometry

    • avoids sequences of equations to present or explain electrical principles

    • uses “Formula Diagrams” to guide the student in selecting and applying formulas

  • introduces the R.I.P.E. table for DC series-parallel analysis.
    • offers a unique and reliable method for circuit analysis that reinforces comprehension of basic electrical laws

    • eliminates differences in student aptitude by providing a systematic method for solving multiple-step problems

  • maintains students' interest with real-world explanations of familiar electrical circuits and devices in homes and automobiles. Much of this is presented in the first few weeks of the course, to give students the encouragement and excitement of “really learning something.”
  • the first four chapters are carefully constructed to ease the students into the material, allowing them time to settle into their new training environment before tackling the challenges of circuit analysis.
  • a hands-on technician level text, with extensive coverage of:
    • using multimeters

    • setting and reading oscilloscopes

    • diagnosing shorts and opens

    • identifying components

    • handtools and soldering

Table of Contents

 1. Basics of Electricity.

 2. Electrical Quantities and Units.

 3. Circuit Components.

 4. Electrical Calculations and Measurements.

 5. Series Circuits.

 6. Parallel Circuits.

 7. Series-Parallel Circuits.

 8. Circuit Theorems.

 9. Circuit Components II.

10. Magnetism and Electromagnetism.

11. Alternating Current.

12. Inductance.

13. Capacitance.

14. AC Inductive and Capacitive Circuits.

15. AC Frequency Response.

16. DC Frequency Response.

17. Transformers.

18. Electric Motors and AC Power.