Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Electricity for Agricultural Applications

Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Electricity for Agricultural Applications

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Electricity for Agricultural Applications By Carl Bern & Dean Olson, Iowa State Press, 2002, 235 pages, paperback, $64.99

As the authors discuss in the preface it would be difficult to envision agriculture without electric motors and other electrical devices. The author's intent was to provide a textbook for engineering and technology students what will explain the principles of electricity. I feel they have accomplished their goal.

A prominent feature of the text is the numerous illustrations and example problems. The authors have included concise, black and white drawings for all of the major principles included in the text. These drawings and the inclusion of example problems enhance the understanding of the content, especially the areas that require algebra and more advanced math. They have also included many good example problems at the end of each chapter.

The authors have not only infused safety throughout the text, but they have also included chapters on specific safety topics. The safety and electrical principles are supported by the appropriate references to the National Electric Code.

An additional plus for the text are the three appendixes. Appendix A & B contain a wealth of information on the electrical demand for many agricultural machines and other equipment data. …

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