Nelson Higher Education

Higher Education

Introduction to Basic Electricity and Electronics Technology, 1st Edition

  • Earl D. Gates
  • ISBN-10: 1133948510
  • ISBN-13: 9781133948513
  • 592 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
Request a Copy for Review


About the Product

Energize students with INTRODUCTION TO BASIC ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY, 1st Edition, the accessible resource for understanding electricity and electronics careers today! Emphasizing teamwork and critical thinking, this entry-level text helps students understand technical vocabulary and technologies while imparting the skills necessary to read schematic diagrams, apply problem-solving formulas, and follow troubleshooting processes. Topics address all key fundamentals, including direct and alternating current, semiconductor devices, linear circuits, digital circuits, printed circuit board fabrication, test equipment, and more. Practical, job-based discussions delve into calculator applications, hazardous materials handling, general safety protocols, using power and hand tools, electronics software, professional certifications, and the many career options for technicians. Accompanied by a Lab Manual for hands-on practice, INTRODUCTION TO BASIC ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY, 1st Edition is available in a convenient eBook format and with a variety of interactive supplements to ensure student success in your course.


  • Brief and focused chapters begin with clearly stated objectives and learning goals, and end with review questions after each subsection for a solid check on understanding.

  • Four-color illustrations and photographs amplify the readings, while color-coded layouts, notes, and cautions point out critical information on the page.

  • Students learn equations and formulas with the help of frequent examples and actual, job-related uses instead of memorizing difficult, abstract concepts.

  • End-of-chapter summaries, self-test questions, and numerous examples incorporated in the chapters help students absorb the material and progress quickly to the next topic.

  • In addition to hands-on projects in many chapters, the accompanying Lab Manual builds the real-world skills required to work in the electricity and electronics field.

About the Author

Earl D. Gates

Earl D. Gates is an Associate Professor, Emeritus at SUNY Oswego. After obtaining analog and digital electronics experience in the US Navy, Dr. Gates taught electronics in middle school, high school, and at the college level. Currently, he teaches at CHOiCES Charter School of Florence and Darlington, South Carolina. He is owner and President of TEK Prep, an education-focused desktop publishing and consulting firm. In addition to several editions of INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONICS (Delmar-Cengage Learning), Dr. Gates has authored textbooks on technology-related communications, graphics, and math. Dr. Gates earned his M.S. from SUNY at Oswego, and his EdD (ABD) from Virginia Tech.

Table of Contents

1. Careers in Electricity and Electronics.
2. Certification for the Electricity and Electronics Field.
3. Work Habits and Issues.
4. Calculators for Electricity and Electronics.
5 . Electronic Circuit Diagrams.
6. Software for Electricity and Electronics.
7. Safety Precaution.
8. Tools and Equipment.
9. Hazardous Materials.
10. Fundamentals of Electricity.
11. Current.
12. Voltage.
13. Resistance.
14. Ohm's Law.
15. Electrical Measurements—Meters.
16. Power.
17. DC Circuits.
18. Magnetism.
19. Inductance.
20. Capacitance.
21. Alternating Current.
22. AC Measurements.
23. Resistive AC Circuits.
24. Capacitive AC Circuits.
25. Inductive AC Circuits.
26. Resonance Circuits.
27. Transformers.
28. Semiconductor Fundamentals.
29. PN Junction Diodes.
30. Zener Diodes.
31. Bipolar Transistors.
32. Field Effect Transistors (FETs).
334. Thyristors.
34. Integrated Circuits.
35. Optoelectric Devices.
36. Power Supplies.
37. Amplifier Basics.
38. Amplifier Applications.
39. Oscillators.
40. Waveshaping Circuits.
41. Binary Number System.
42. Basic Logic Gates.
43. Simplifying Logic Circuits.
44. Sequential Logic Circuits.
45. Combinational Logic Circuits.
46. Microcomputer Basics.
47. Project Design.
48. Printed Circuit Board Fabrication.
49. Printed Circuit Board Assembly and Repair.
50. Basic Troubleshooting.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133948529 | ISBN-13: 9781133948520)

This Laboratory Manual is a valuable tool designed to enhance student understanding of basic electricity and electronics. Hands-on activities, objectives, materials lists, step-by-step procedures, illustrations, and review questions help them develop critical thinking skills and a deeper understanding of classroom material.

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 113394874X | ISBN-13: 9781133948742)

Interested in a simple way to complement your text and course content with study and practice materials? Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch reader comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need!

Student Supplements

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133948529 | ISBN-13: 9781133948520)

This Laboratory Manual is a valuable tool designed to enhance your understanding of basic electricity and electronics. Hands-on activities, objectives, materials lists, step-by-step procedures, illustrations, and review questions help you problem-solve for a deeper understanding of topics.

LMS Integrated for CourseMate, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285738268 | ISBN-13: 9781285738260)
CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 113394874X | ISBN-13: 9781133948742)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. CourseMate includes: An interactive eBook with highlighting, note taking, an interactive glossary, and interactive learning tools, including: Quizzes, Flashcards, PowerPoint® presentations, and more!