Hi Everyone: I may have an opportunity to teach nationals in Mozambique about electrical theory. Can any of you recommend web pages or sites that have this information available. I seem to recall one that had DC Fundamentals and AC Fundamentals but can't seem to find it. I would like to use a computer to get many of the concepts across in a visual way as a translator may be needed.
If you can find the old US Navy books it would be a great start and they were written to about the 8th grade level english so translating may not be hard. The other advantage is they are in the public domain.
I will poke around a little and see if I can find them in PDF.
Tesla, lighten up. There can be smart people in Mozambique. If you have students who want to know some theory it can't hurt, knowledge is power. It is a lot easier to be interested in what you do if you know what is going on. You never can tell. There may be a future Edison, Westinghouse or Tesla out there just waiting for a chance.
Thanks for the responses so far. Good idea regarding the alternator Tesla. Greg, I am all over the books. This is a remote mission center where most of the work has been done by previous visitors from other countries. As usual stuff gets added and they have voltage drop problems. The idea is to give some theory behind the work that they already do as they have learned how to do things that they do not necessarily understand why or the consequences. Example they know how to add circuits so they continue to do that until they have everything overloaded. You know what the quick fix is for that right.
Thanks for the info on the drawings and animation. I will save a link for the animation and possibly use it. I suspect that most of this would be too much to expect for them to grasp in only a month of theory. I am thinking I will concentrate on basic electron theory first, so that they understand a bit about conductors, insulators, etc, move to magnetism, basic series and parallel circuits. Basic formulas including ohms law, power, etc. I want them to understand the reasons for wire sizing, OC protection, and understanding of safety issues and precautions that need to be observed and/or initiated. Theory half day, other half practical dealing with overloading of existing feeders, and feeding and wiring of new training shop. I would appreciate advice and am open to suggestions and or constructive criticism about content etc
Good Morning I see you are from BC and your cause seems philanthropic, why not drop by the college in your area and chat with one of the electrical instructors. Most would be delighted to provide some assistance. In BC rather than use textbooks we use Learning Guides developed by electrical instructors, to teach electrical apprentices. I think the first year package is what you'll need. Alberta has the same system they call them ILM's and they can be found at trades secrets.org. They have an excellent graphics package that can be purchased for each year as well. If you want to go with textbooks instead check out " Delmar's Standard Textbook of Electricity" it is the DC Fundamentals and the AC Fundamentals texts combined, revised and modernized. Great book but $$$ Hope that helps