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- Very thorough and detailed reference Review by Amazon.com Customer
Certainly a hefty book with a copious amount of information - but alas, it does come at a pretty steep price. This isn't a mass-market type of book where volume will drive down the price, but at least this is one book that you'll keep with you after your studies are over! Excellent material, well structured, and absolutely thorough. (Posted on 5/2/2016)
- Great book for Power Engineers or those preparing for that PE exam option in Electrical Engineering. Look for a good used copy. Review by Amazon.com Customer
The book is well organized as a reference beginning with different types of engineering mathematics from less to highest difficulty, almost the same order you take the courses for these in an engineering degree program. It is stated that on the exam you will only really need Algebra, Trigonometry and Geometry, so Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Numerical Analysis are there more for reference manual completeness. The math, like most other topics in the book has standard examples and solutions. This manual does not contain specific test questions or practice exams, they provide a website if you want to get those materials, but at a price. You might think some would be included given the cost of this book, but they are not. Still this is a quality well developed, well laid out book and not outside the normal cost for limited production books like this.
I took the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, then called the EIT or Engineer in Training exam out of college and the reference books were nearly as expensive adjusted to mid-80's dollars. You can get discounted and used copies of this as well for much less. As I alluded to, book does have a focus and that is in the power field, if you work for an electrical utility it is very useful. I would have loved to have this one back in the 80's and 90's before I left the utility field for Software Engineering. Glancing through the book there are many familiar topics, a really nice section on transformers with even some configurations (zig zag connections) that I'd never seen before.
As for help on the test there is a number of sections that explain how to prepare for and take the test. Detailed checklists on what to bring and even some test taking strategies. The test for instance may ask for best answer (you have multiple choices and they may be close). You need here to consider the question, if a high or low answer would not effect the context, you pick the closest you calculations come too. If however you are doing a question about fusing, you would pick the answer where the current would not exceed the fuse rating even if another rated fuse were closer. This means it can get tricky at time to decide, most calculations for things like current, voltage, or power do not come out to pretty rounded numbers as solutions, so some judgement is expected. Since the test is timed, and many will not finish in the time allocated, you should also pick the most popular multiple choice letter and fill in the remaining answers in the last minute each test session. There is no penalty for wrong answers.
Even though I never went for my PE, I recommend this book for anyone in the electric utility field and most electrical engineers including students, It's expensive, but very well done, and you can find discounted copies and used copies that don't readily go obsolete. This kind of stuff has been around for a while and changes very very slowly. Engineering students will love it when it's time for Electromagnetic Fields class, or if they take the specific Power Engineering options in their course work. (Posted on 5/2/2016)
- Magnificent reference manual Review by Amazon.com Customer
This is a superbly produced reference manual for electrical and electronics engineering and covers the syllabus for the Electrical and Computer PE exam. It also comes at a superb price but you get what you pay for. What it is not is a study guide - there is a separate book of practice tests you can buy. This is an excellent place to go to brush up on stuff you are supposed to know already and it is comprehensive (enough that it could be almost your single working reference book). Unlike the similar manual for civil engineering, this book is less likely to go out of date when it comes to codes and standards - at least from the electrical side of things - there is a chapter on biomedical electrical engineering codes and I can well imagine that all kinds of bizarre code changes could pop up there.
The chapters are organized 16 sections or topics.
II Basic Theory
III Field Theory
IV Circuit Theory
VII System Analysis
VIII Protection and Safety
IX Machinery and Devices
XI Special Applications
XII Measurement and Instrumentation
XIII Electrical Materials
XIV Codes and Standards
XV Professional Practice
XVI Support Material
Some of these sections are quite long - particularly mathematics with 15 chapters. (Of course all engineering requires some mathematics and electrical/electronic engineering needs more than other branches. How could you understand basic alternating current applications without knowledge of complex numbers, trigonometric and transcendental functions? It also helps to have a healthy dose of vectors, matrices, tensors, not to mention differential and integral calculus). The mathematics section alone would provide useful review &/or education for folks who are not actually engineers as it is so comprehensive.
I am not going to list the chapters in each section. They are numerous and appropriate - trust me. The material in the chapters is clear, accurate and well presented in a terse kind of way and there are plenty of examples which are useful if you happen to draw a blank when staring at an equation without an example to give you context. (I don't have that problem but most people do and that gives ME a problem when I am trying to explain theory to others.)
It is not for me to criticize the PE syllabus - it is what it is. Clearly, the sections on electrical engineering, generation, distribution and transmission are more comprehensive and "good to go" as none of the theory has really changed in a hundred years even if some of the technology and codes have changed. (I was a little surprised not to see discussion of contingency design somewhere - when new generation, load or transmission are added to the grid, it is important to ensure that the change does not blow up the grid and also that a single contingency (like a generation unit or a transmission line going down) does not cause a cascade of tripping and failures on the grid. Generally you design your network such that no single contingency causes a cascade of failures. Perhaps I missed discussion of this as I skimmed the material or perhaps that is too specialized to be required for the exam. All I remember from studying this is that Helmholtz came up with a pretty good way to analyze electrical flows across a network.). Now, electronics and computers are much more dynamic areas and have certainly changed immensely and continue to do so. The coverage of these topics in this book may be enough for the exam but probably will not cut it in advanced applications. Maybe quantum computing devices only exist in specialized labs today but it might be nice to have a little material here to give engineers a heads up for the future. (Likewise the cute list of SI prefixes inside the front cover could go beyond exa- for 10^18 - how about zetta- for 10^21 and yotta- for 10^21? We really are not all that far away from using those prefixes in real world applications.)
Well, enough ranting for now. As I said this is a superbly produced and comprehensive reference manual. I love books like this - kind of reminds me of Abramowitz and Stegun's "Handbook of Mathematical Functions". (Posted on 5/2/2016)