tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-22987253913708912322017-07-31T18:50:33.051-04:00My Life on 12 Voltsjames mcbridenoreply@blogger.comBlogger7125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2298725391370891232.post-84321789270818144832017-04-01T11:06:00.003-04:002017-04-01T11:06:56.018-04:00Connect Post-Secondary Design Competition<p>Design Exchange, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, announces the fifth annual Connect Post-Secondary Design Competition.<br /><br />This provincial, post-secondary design competition seeks to explore design that is accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of their age or ability, across all design disciplines. <br /><br />This year, students studying in all design disciplines are invited to submit proposals that demonstrate how existing public spaces in Ontario can be re-designed to be accessible to the greatest number of individuals. <br /><br />Participation is open to all currently enrolled students studying design at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Ontario in a college or university program. All submitted projects must have been completed during the student’s 2016-17 course of study in an Ontario, undergraduate or graduate design program. Projects may be completed independently or as course work, and group and individual projects are eligible for entry.<br /><br />SUBMISSION DEADLINE<br /><br />April 12, 2017 at Midnight<br /><br /><a href="http://www.dx.org/index.cfm?pagepath=Competitions/CONNECT__Free_Play_Design_Competition&id=58548">Link to Connect Post-Secondary Design Competition info</a></p>james mcbridehttps://plus.google.com/115732056517012540033noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2298725391370891232.post-2183751419185056262014-07-30T12:00:00.002-04:002017-04-01T10:45:34.670-04:00MY Life on 12 Volts will be on HolidayMY Life on 12 Volts will be on Holiday<br /><br /><br />yes - sold the house - looking for a farm<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> james mcbridehttps://plus.google.com/115732056517012540033noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2298725391370891232.post-91615420052706605002014-02-06T18:21:00.001-05:002014-02-06T18:21:48.432-05:00THE 2014 DX CANADIAN HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN COMPETITION<span style="color: white;"><br /></span><br /><span style="color: white;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The Design Exchange is proud to announce the 19th Annual DX Canadian High School Design Competition. </span></span><br /><span style="color: white;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><br /><span style="color: white;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The aim of the competition is to promote the study and awareness of various design disciplines in schools across Canada. </span></span><br /><span style="color: white;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><br /><span style="color: white;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The competition is open to all high school students studying in Canada. Prizes will be awarded in five categories – Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Costume Design, Architecture / Landscape Design, Interior Design, and Graphic Design.</span></span><br /><span style="color: white;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana;"><br /></span></span><br /><span style="color: white;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana;"><strong>The deadline is May 1st, 2014</strong></span></span><br /><span style="color: white;"><strong><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana;"><br /></span></strong></span><br /><span style="color: white;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The Design Exchange (DX) is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage through public programs and exhibitions. The DX exhibitions and talks highlight contemporary culture, and demonstrate the relevancy and importance of design to everyday life.</span><br /><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> </span><br /><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The DX is a registered non-profit charity. </span><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The Design Exchange promotes the relevancy and experience of design to as large a number of people as possible. The DX will now be exclusively a Design Museum. Displaying the various design disciplines including fashion, architecture, interior and industrial design, digital design and more, exhibitions and programming will explore designers, products, projects or themes that have broad public appeal and reflect popular contemporary culture. New events include: traveling exhibits from prestigious cultural institutions across the globe, a new city-wide cultural component, a greater focus on educational experiences for the public, including youth and adults, and a rollout of programming that will extend across Canada.</span><br /><br /><br />For additional info go to: <a href="http://www.dx.org/index.cfm?id=6614">http://www.dx.org/index.cfm?id=6614</a></span><br /></span><br />james mcbridehttps://plus.google.com/115732056517012540033noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2298725391370891232.post-19797314516472761072012-10-30T13:51:00.000-04:002012-10-30T13:51:30.998-04:00THE DX CANADIAN HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN COMPETITIONThe aim of the competition is to promote the study and awareness of various design disciplines in schools across Canada. <br /><br />The competition is open to all high school students, at the junior (grades 10 and below) and senior (grades 11 and above) levels. <br /><br />Prizes will be awarded at the two levels, in each of the four categories <br />– Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Architecture/Interior Design, and Graphic Design.<br /><br />Students can work individually or in teams, though the numbers in each team will be taken <br />into consideration by the judges. <br /><br />Entries will NOT BE RETURNED and will become the property of the Design Exchange. Students are encouraged to submit quality copies of their work and to keep their originals. Students may also wish to photograph their completed boards for their portfolio. <br /><br /><br />All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 1st, 2013<br /><br />All entries will be judged in May 2013 by a panel of professional designers and/or design educators. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placements are as follows:<br />1st Place $500.00<br />2nd Place $300.00<br />3rd Place $200.00<br />Cash prizes will be divided among team members.<br /><br />All winning and honourable mention entries will be exhibited at the Design Exchange in June 2013.<br />For complete info: <a href="http://www.dx.org/site/design_exchange/assets/pdf/hs_regform2013-email.pdf">http://www.dx.org/site/design_exchange/assets/pdf/hs_regform2013-email.pdf</a>Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2298725391370891232.post-13397670880793945672011-12-19T11:54:00.000-05:002011-12-19T11:54:47.631-05:00Mathematics for the Trades<div class="post-header"><div class="post-header-line-1"></div></div><div class="post-body entry-content">One of the books we recommend to students taking the Wind Energy Technician Training Program is "Mathematics for the Trades". This book is an excellent start to overview the math needed for a career in the wind energy industry.<br /><br />These are the chapters and subjects covered:<br /><br />Chapter 1 Arithmetic of Whole Numbers<br /><br />Working with Whole Numbers<br />Subtraction of Whole Numbers<br />Multiplication of Whole Numbers<br />Division of Whole Numbers<br />Order of Operations<br /><br /><br />Chapter 2 Fractions<br /><br />Working with Fractions<br />Multiplication of Fractions<br />Divison of Fractions<br />Addition and Subtraction of Fractions<br /><br /><br />Chapter 3 Decimal Numbers<br /><br />Addition and Subtraction of Decimal Numbers<br />Multiplication and Division of Decimal Numbers<br />Decimal Fractions<br /><br /><br />Chapter 4 Ratio, Proportion, and Percent<br /><br />Ratio and Proportion<br />Special Application of Ratio and Proportion<br />Introduction to Percent<br />Percent Problems<br />Special Application of Percent Calculations<br /><br /><br />Chapter 5 Measurement<br /><br />Working with Measurement Numbers<br />English Units and Unit Conversion<br />Metric Units<br />Direct Measurements<br /><br /><br />Chapter 6 Pre-Algebra<br /><br />Addition of Signed Numbers<br />Subtraction of Signed Numbers<br />Multiplication and Division of Signed Numbers<br />Exponents and Square Roots<br /><br /><br />Chapter 7 Basic Algebra<br /><br />algebraic Language and Formulas<br />Adding and Subtracting Algebraic Expressions<br />Solving Simple Equations<br />Solving Two-Step Equations<br />Solving More Equations and Formulas<br />Solving Word Problems<br />Multiplying and Dividing Algebraic Expressions<br />Scientific Notation<br /><br /><br />Chapter 8 Practical Plane Geometry<br /><br />Angle Measurement<br />Area and Perimeter of Polygons<br />Triangles, Regular Hexagons, and Irregular Polygons<br />Circles<br /><br /><br />Chapter 9 Solid Figures<br /><br />Prisms<br />Pyramids and Frustums of Pyramids<br />Cylinders and Spheres<br />Cones and Frustums of Cones<br /><br /><br />Chapter 10 Triangle Trigonometry<br /><br />Angles and Triangles<br />Trigonometric Ratios<br />Solving Right Triangles<br />Oblique Triangles<br /><br /><br />Chapter 11 Advanced Algebra<br /><br />Systems of Equations<br />Quadratic Equations<br /><br /><br />Chapter 12 Statistics<br /><br />Reading and Constructing Graphs<br />Measures of Central Tendency</div>Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2298725391370891232.post-82798779331831492362011-12-07T13:47:00.000-05:002011-12-07T13:47:45.816-05:00ELECTRICITY for the TradesOne of the books we recommend is Electricity for the Trades. This book is an excellent start to overview the basics needed for a career in the wind energy industry.<br /><br />These are the chapters and subjects covered:<br /><br /><strong>PART 1 FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICITY</strong><br /><br /><strong>CHAPTER 1 SAFETY</strong><br /><br />Avoid electrical hazards in the workplace.<br />Identify the electrical factors that determine the severity of an electric shock.<br />List the general safety precautions that must be observed when working with electrical equipment.<br />Explain the purpose and process involved in grounding an electrical system.<br />Outline the basic steps in a lockout procedure.<br />Outline the first-aid procedures for bleeding, burns, and electric shock.<br />List the procedures to be followed in the case of an electrical fire.<br />Identify hazardous materials and describe their characteristics.<br />Be aware of the functions of the different organizations respondible for electrical codes and standards.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 2 INSTRUMENTS, TOOLS, AND FASTENERS<br /><br />Identify and state the use for common electrical measuring devices.<br />Define the Measurement Categories I through IV.<br />Identify and state the use for common tools used in the electrical industry.<br />outline the procedure to be followed for the proper care and use of tools.<br />Identify and state the feature of common fastening devices.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 3 CONDUCTORS, SEMICONDUCTORS, AND INSULATORS<br /><br />Describe the structure and electrical properties of an atom.<br />Explain the difference between conductors, insulators, anf semiconductors and compare their applications.<br />Explain how the ionization process produces positive and negative charges.<br />Define electricity in terms of electron flow.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 4 SOURCES AND CHARACTERISTICS OF ELECTRICITY<br /><br />Define static and current electricity.<br />Explain how static positive and negative charges are produced.<br />State the law of electric charges.<br />Recognize the difference between Direct Current(DC) and Alternating Current(AC) electricity.<br />Be familiar with the basic sources of electricity and electrical devices used to convert the various energy forms.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 5 BASIC ELECRICAL UNITS<br /><br />Define elecric current, voltage, resistance, power, energy, and list the unit of measurement of each.<br />Identify the essential parts of a circuit and state the purpose of each.<br />Explain the relationship among current, voltage, and resistance.<br />State the difference between electron flow and conventional current flow.<br />Make measurements of current, voltage, and resistance.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 6 ELECTRIC CONNECTIONS<br /><br />Describe the negative effects of a poorly formed electric connection.<br />Properly remove insulation from a wire.<br />Correctly install terminal-screw, crimp-on, and mechanical connectors.<br />Properly insulate wire repairs.<br />Explain the principals of soldering.<br />Be familiar with the different ways in which cables are used in signal and communication circuits and power systems.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 7 SIMPLE, SERIES, AND PARALLEL CIRCUITS<br /><br />Identify the basic components of a circuit and the symbols used to represent them.<br />Describe pictorial, schematic, wiring, block, and single-line diagrams.<br />Explain the operation of series and parallel connected loads and control devices.<br />Construct a circuit schematic from a set of written instructions.<br />Read and construct circuits from schematic diagrams.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 8 MEASURING VOLTAGE, CURRENT, AND RESISTANCE.<br /><br />Compare the operation of analog and digital meters.<br />Correctly read an analog scale and digital meter display.<br />Use a multimeter to measure voltage, current, and resistance.<br />List the safety precautions to be observed when using multimeters.<br />Explain multimeter specificationd and special features.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 9 OHM'S LAW<br /><br />Use prefixes to convert electrical quantities.<br />State Ohm's law and define the relationship between current, voltage, and resistance.<br />Use Ohm's law to solve for unknown quantities of current, resistance, or voltage.<br />Apply the power formula to calculate the power in a circuit.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 10 CIRCUIT CONDUCTORS AND WIRE SIZES<br /><br />Identify uses for different conductor forms.<br />Properly select wire-insulating materials.<br />Compare the AWG size and diameter of conductors.<br />List the factors that determine a conductor's ampacity rating.<br />Identify the factors that contribute to the resistance value of a conductor.<br />Calculate line-voltage drop and line-power loss.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 11 RESISTORS<br /><br />Identify the different types of resistors.<br />Explain the different ways in which resistors are used.<br />State the ways in which resistors are rated.<br />Use resistor color-codes to determine resistance value.<br />Calculate the total resistance of different resistor configurations.<br />Show how resistors are used as voltage and current dividers.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 12 ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM<br /><br />Define common magnetic terms.<br />State the law of magnetic poles.<br />Describe the characteristics of magnetic lines of force.<br />Correctly apply the conductor and coil left-hand rules.<br />State the factors that determine the strength of an electromagnet.<br />Explain how Ohm's law can be applied to a magnetic circuit.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 13 RELAYS<br /><br />Compare electromagnetic and solid-state relays.<br />Identify relay symbols used on schematic diagrams.<br />Describe the different ways in which relays are used.<br />Explain how relays are rated.<br />Describe the operation of ON-delay and OFF-delay timer relays.<br />Explain the difference between a relay and contactor.<br />Compare the operation of magnetic and solid contactors.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 14 CIRCUIT PROTECTION DEVICES<br /><br />Define the terms overload and short circuit.<br />Compare the basic principle of operation of a fuse and a circuit breaker.<br />State how fuses and circuit breakers are rated.<br />Identify basic fuse types and typical applications.<br />Test fuses and circuit breakers in and out circuits.<br />Explain how lightning rods, grounding rods, and arresters protect electrical equipment.<br />Understand the purpose and function of GFCI and AFCI circuit interrupters.<br />Discuss how selective coordination of protective devices can prevent power blackouts.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 15 ELECTRIC POWER AND ENERGY<br /><br />Describe the various methods of power generation.<br />Outline the methods used in transmitting power over long distances.<br />Define electric power.<br />Perform calculations using the electric power formulas.<br />Properly connect a wattmeter into a circuit.<br />Define electric energy.<br />Calculate energy consumption and costs.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 16 OVERVIEW OF ELECTRIC CIRCUIT AND SYSTEMS<br /><br />Demonstrate a working knowledge of typical circuits found in electrical installations.<br />Interpret fundamental electrical wiring diagrams and layouts.<br />Wire door chime, door lock, and alarm system circuits.<br />Identify components of an incoming electric service.<br />Wire typical lighting and receptacle branch circuits.<br />Understand the purpose and process of grounding.<br /><br /><br /><strong>PART 2 DC CIRCUITS</strong><br /><br />CHAPTER 17 SOLVING THE DC SERIES CIRCUIT<br /><br />Understand the voltage, current, resistance, and power characteristics of a DC series circuit.<br />Solve for unknown circuit values in a DC series circuit.<br />Measure current, voltage drops, and resistance and values in a series DC circuit.<br />Apply the concepts of relative polarity, series-aiding, and series-opposing voltages.<br />Troubleshoot a series DC resistive circuit.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 18 SOLVING THE DC PARALLEL CIRCUIT<br /><br />Understand the voltage, current, resistance, and power characteristics of a DC parallel circuit.<br />Solve for unknown circuit values in a DC parallel circuit.<br />Measure current paths, voltages, and resitance values in a DC parallel circuit.<br />Apply the concepts of relative polarity to a DC parallel circuit.<br />Troubleshoot a parallel DC resistive circuit.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 19 SOLVING THE DC SERIES-PARALLEL CIRCUIT<br /><br />Recognize the series and parallel parts of DC combination circuits.<br />Understand and correctly apply Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws to series-parallel circuits.<br />Determine equivalent resistance in DC series-parallel circuits.<br />Solve a DC series-parallel circuit for unknown circuit values.<br />Troubleshoot DC series-parallel resistive circuits.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 20 NETWORK THEOREMS<br /><br />Compare voltage and current sources.<br />Apply the superposition theorem to a DC resistive network.<br />Apply the Thevenin theorem to a DC resistive network.<br />Apply the Norton theorem to a DC resistive network.<br /><br /><strong>PART 3 AC CIRCUITS</strong><br /><br />CHAPTER 21 DIRECT CURRENT AND ALTERNATING CURRENT<br /><br />Identify DC and AC waveforms.<br />Identify the major operating parts and functions of the AC generator.<br />Calculate effective, average, peak, and peak-to-peak values of a sine wave.<br />Compare single-phase and three-phase AC systems.<br />Identify the major operating parts and functions of the DC generator.<br />Perform circuit calculations of voltage, current, resistance, and power for AC resistive circuits.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 22 INDUCTANCE AND CAPACITNCE<br /><br />Discuss the effects of inductance and capacitance in AC and DC circuits.<br />Explain the concept of inductive reactance and the factors that affect it.<br />Calculate the inductive reactance of a coil.<br />Explain the concept of capacitive reactance and the factors that affect it. <br />Calculate the inductive and capacitive reactance.<br />Define and calculate RC-time constants.<br />Compare phase shift in an inductor and capacitor.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 23 RESISTIVE, INDUCTIVE, CAPACITIVE (RLC) CIRCUITS IN SERIES<br /><br />Plot and interpret vector quantities.<br />Solve for unknown quantities in a series RL circuit.<br />Solve for unknown quantities in a series RC circuit.<br />Solve for unknown quantities in a series LC circuit.<br />Solve for unknown quantities in a series RLC circuit.<br />Understand the relationship between resistance, reactance, and impedance.<br />Understand the relationship between true power, reactance power, apparent power and power factor.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 24 RESISTIVE, INDUCTIVE, CAPACITIVE (RLC), CIRCUITS IN PARALLEL <br /><br />Solve for unknown quantities in a parallel RL circuit.<br />Solve for unknown quantities in a parallel RC circuit.<br />Solve for unknown quantities in a parallel LC circuit.<br />Solve for unknown quantities in a parallel RCL circuit.<br />Understand the relationship between resistance, reactance, and impedance in a parallel RCL circuit.<br />understand the relationship between true power, reactance power, apparent power and power factor in a parallel RCL circuit.<br />Apply the principles of power factor correction.<br /><br /><br />CHAPTER 25 TRANSFORMERS<br /><br />Describe the operating characteristics of transformers.<br />Calculate transformer turns, voltage and current ratios.<br />Be familiar with routine transformer installation and maintenance procedures.<br />Connect teansformers in common circuit configurations.<br />Correctly interpret and apply transformer nameplate date.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2298725391370891232.post-51933947435019674002010-10-31T12:47:00.000-04:002010-10-31T12:47:59.090-04:00Welcome to My Life on 12 VoltsMy Life on 12 Volts Blog Description<br /><br />"My Life on 12 Volts" is an information blog 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