Electrical Principles,
5th Edition

Peter Phillips

ISBN-13: 9780170458412
Copyright 2023 | Published
704 pages | List Price: USD $81.25

Electrical Principles by Peter Phillips covers the core knowledge components of the current UEE Electrotechnology Training Package, particularly targeting the Cert III and Cert II qualifications. The text has a student-friendly writing style and uses the terminology typically used in the Electrical Trades. It includes examples and full-colour illustrations to help explain the topics.


Maths and definitions
1. The electric circuit
2. Voltage sources and effects of an electric current
3. Ohm’s law
4. Electrical power
5. Resistance and resistors
6. The series circuit
7. The parallel circuit
8. The series–parallel circuit
9. Basic meters
10. Capacitance
11. Magnetism and electromagnets
12. Electromagnetic induction
13. DC generators
14. DC motors
15. AC fundamentals
16. Pure R, L or C in an AC circuit
17. Series combinations of R, L and C
18. Parallel AC circuits
19. Single-phase power
20. Three-phase power
21. Transformers
22. Three-phase motors
23. Single-phase motors
24. Synchronous machines
25. Test equipment

  • Peter Phillips

    Peter Phillips began his working life as an apprentice electrical fitter at a large manufacturing plant in Lithgow, NSW. After completing his apprenticeship, he spent over eight years working in various power stations before starting his TAFE NSW teaching career in 1974, where he taught a wide range of electrical subjects in various colleges in NSW. He held numerous teaching and supervisory positions and became involved in curriculum development during the 1990s, when the National Curriculum was being introduced. In 1994, after leaving TAFE NSW, he started a company that offered services ranging from curriculum development to producing training resources. Peter remains actively connected to the electrical industry. He maintains his connections with TAFE NSW and is widely known through his writings and involvement in tertiary education.

  • NEW 'Maths and Definitions' chapter at the start of the book. Casio calculator illustrations of keystroke sequences and results as displayed on the calculator screen are available throughout the book for easy reference

  • Improved content to include a variety of real-world situations: new photos of real meters instead of drawings, wide range of inductors, actual capacitors, etc.

  • Enhanced content on crucial topics like 'bridge circuit', 'fault finding three-phase motors', 'single phase motors and fault-finding'and 'reluctance motor operation'

  • The book offers a student friendly approach with clear explanations and the right amount of technical content, with a focus on real-world situations to explain challenging concepts A wide variety of visually engaging and coloured illustrations/photos have been integrated within the text to explain topics The book focuses on explaining basic concepts to lay a strong foundation for students, including a wide range of fully worked examples for greater understanding of these concepts Premium instructor teaching resources provide additional teaching support saving time and adding more depth to classes MindTap - Premium online teaching and learning tools are available on the MindTap platform - the personalised eLearning solution. MindTap is a flexible and easy-to-use platform that helps build student confidence and gives you a clear picture of their progress. We partner with you to ease the transition to digital – we’re with you every step of the way. MindTap for Phillips’ Electrical Principles is full of innovative resources to support critical thinking, and help your students move from memorisation to mastery! Includes: Phillips’ Electrical Principles 5e eBook; Instructional videos; Test Bank; Worksheets; Revision quizzes.

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