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Electrical Installation Calculations: Advanced: For Technical Certificate and NVQ Level 3 Advanced Paperback – 18 Mar 2009
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"A very useful study aid, the book is ideal for those who have become a little rusty with their calculations and need to remind themselves of the basics." Amazon.co.uk customer review
About the Author
Chris Kitcher has 45 years of experience in the electrical industry. He is an Electrical Installation lecturer at Central Sussex College and an examiner for the City and Guilds 2391 qualification. He has worked for the last 12 years in both the college environment and on site.
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Much to my disbelief, I found numerous exercises to be incorrect. Things like incorrect terminology or just outright skipping of certain essential steps (for example, they have forgotten to add R1&R2 to Ze to work out Zs, and just went ahead and used R1&R2 to work out the fault current).
Mistakes like this are unforgivable, this is why these books are proof read in the first place.
So I have ammended my copy of this book so that I can still use it. However, much to my surprise, I came across a copy of the previous edition (pre 17th) and was amazed to find ALL of the given examples were the same, the only update is changing the voltages from 240V to 230V.
ALL of the previous in-corrections were there and have simply just been reprinted to make more money. This book should be pulled and corrected or scrapped all together.
I always considered the name Chris Kitcher in the same high regard as Brian Scaddan, but this severely damaged his reputation as far as I am concerned.
Well, just like the 'Basic' edition, the only downfall for this book is in the Answers! It's fine to check that all your own answers are correct, but if you've got one wrong there's nothing to show WHERE you went wrong. All it would take is for the working out of the answers to be shown as well. After all, that's often what's required of the student in exams. It was evident that in the 'Basic' edition, many of the answers in the book were actually WRONG (or the questions/answers misprinted), which made things infuriating when it came to trying to see why answers didn't match up. At least this 'Advanced' edition doesn't seem to be suffering from wrong answers, but as the subjects are more advanced then so the need for explanations in the Answers section is even greater.
My other complaint...! There are questions which have no answers given at all. In Exercise 4 Question 11, we are asked, "What is the function of an inductor in an alternating-current circuit?"... A maths question is then given, followed by, "What would be the general effect on the current if the frequency of the supply were increased?" The answer to the maths part is given, but the other two questions are completely ignored! A brief answer/explanation would have been appreciated.
For the most part, this book is a brilliant aid to giving clarity to the maths involved. It also has excellent questions at varying levels to help the student work through the maths.
It is just let down completely by failing to help when the student DOES have a problem with one of the questions.
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Electrical Installation Calculations: Basic: For Technical Certificate Level 2 Basic
Both books have been rewritten with a nice clear layout, clear explanations and loads of questions to test your learning. Sections on vectors and lighting calculations especially good.
Excellent formulae book for anyone studying level 3 electrical installation science.Definitely one for the technical library.
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