Current Fundamentals, 8E
Stephen L. Herman
For nearly half a
century, this widely acclaimed book 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
book, 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 you grasp essential
concepts quickly and apply your knowledge with confidence, as well
as special icons highlighting "green" tips on energy efficiency.
- Numerous new or revised
illustrations and photographs, allowing
readers 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 readers
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 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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 Ohmís 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
About the Author:
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
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,
ELECTRICAL WIRING INDUSTRIAL,
ALTERNATING CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS,
DIRECT CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS,
ELECTRICAL STUDIES FOR
TRADES, ELECTRICAL PRINCIPLES,
ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS AND ROTATING MACHINES, EXPERIMENTS IN
ELECTRICITY FOR USE WITH LAB VOLT EQUIPMENT,
THE COMPLETE LABORATORY MANUAL
FOR ELECTRICITY, and PRACTICAL
PROBLEMS IN MATHEMATICS FOR ELECTRICIANS.
512 Pages - 7-3/8 x 9-1/4 in.
2014 NEC & Related