Newnes Engineering Science Pocket Book is a uniquely versatile and practical tool for a wide range of engineers and students. All the fundamentals of electrical and mechanical engineering science and physics are covered, with an emphasis on concise descriptions, key methods, clear diagrams, formulae and how to use them. John Bird's presentations of this core material puts all the answers at your fingertips.

The contents of this book have been carefully matched to the latest Further and Higher Education syllabuses so that it can also be used as a revision guide or a quick-access source of underpinning knowledge. Students on competence-based courses such as NVQs will find this approach particularly refreshing and practical.

This book and its companion title, Newnes Engineering Mathematics Pocket Book, provide the underpinning knowledge for the whole range of engineering communities catered for by the Newnes Pocket Book series. These related titles include:
Newnes Mechanical Engineer's Pocket Book (Timings)
Newnes Electrical Pocket Book (Reeves)
Newnes Electronic Engineer's Pocket Book (Carr & Brindley)
Newnes Radio and RF Engineer's Pocket Book (Carr & Davies)
Newnes Telecommunications Engineer's Pocket Book (Winder)

Previous editions of Newnes Engineering Science Pocket Book were published under the title Newnes Engineering and Physical Science Pocket Book.

part |2 pages

Part One General Engineering Science

chapter 1|3 pages

SI units

chapter 2|2 pages


chapter 3|2 pages

Scalar and vector quantities

chapter 4|5 pages

Atomic structure of matter

chapter 5|3 pages

Chemical reactions

chapter 6|3 pages

Standard quantity symbols and their units

part |2 pages

Part Two Mechanical Engineering and Physical Science

chapter 7|4 pages

Speed and velocity

chapter 8|3 pages


chapter 9|4 pages

Force, mass and acceleration

chapter 10|2 pages

Centre of gravity and equilibrium

chapter 11|10 pages

Forces acting at a point

chapter 12|4 pages

Simply supported beams

chapter 13|4 pages

Shearing force and bending moments

chapter 14|3 pages

Bending stress

chapter 15|6 pages

Linear and angular motion

chapter 16|3 pages


chapter 17|4 pages


chapter 18|5 pages

Interference and diffraction

chapter 19|6 pages

Light rays

chapter 20|3 pages

Work, energy and power

chapter 21|4 pages

Potential and kinetic energy

chapter 22|8 pages

Simple machines

chapter 23|8 pages

The effects of forces on materials

chapter 24|3 pages

Tensile testing

chapter 25|4 pages

Hardness and impact tests

chapter 26|7 pages

Measurement of strain

chapter 27|3 pages

Linear momentum and impulse

chapter 28|6 pages


chapter 29|7 pages

Heat energy

chapter 30|4 pages

Thermal expansion

chapter 31|11 pages

The measurement of temperature

chapter 32|7 pages

Pressure in fluids

chapter 33|9 pages

Measurement of pressure

chapter 34|5 pages

Ideal gas laws

chapter 35|6 pages

Properties of water and steam

chapter 36|6 pages

Surface tension and viscosity

chapter 37|5 pages

Fluids in motion

chapter 38|11 pages

Measurement of fluid flow

part |2 pages

Part Three Electrical Engineering Science

chapter 40|9 pages

An introduction to electric circuits

chapter 41|4 pages

Resistance variation

chapter 42|9 pages

Chemical effects of electricity

chapter 43|6 pages

Series and parallel networks

chapter 44|11 pages

Capacitors and capacitance

chapter 45|11 pages

Magnetic circuits

chapter 46|6 pages

Magnetic materials

chapter 47|10 pages


chapter 48|6 pages

Electromagnetic induction and inductance

chapter 49|10 pages

Magnetically coupled circuits

chapter 51|8 pages

Semiconductor diodes

chapter 52|16 pages


chapter 53|14 pages

D.c. circuit theory

chapter 54|8 pages

Alternating voltages and currents

chapter 55|13 pages

Single-phase series a.c. circuits

chapter 56|9 pages

Single-phase parallel a.c. circuits

chapter 57|12 pages

D.c. transients

chapter 58|18 pages

Operational amplifiers

chapter 59|9 pages

Three-phase systems

chapter 60|15 pages


chapter 61|21 pages

D.c. machines

chapter 62|18 pages

A.c. motors

chapter 63|7 pages

Revision of complex numbers

chapter 67|8 pages

A.c. bridges

chapter 68|11 pages

Series resonance and Q-factor

chapter 69|8 pages

Parallel resonance and Q-factor

chapter 70|6 pages

Introduction to network analysis

chapter 71|6 pages

Mesh-current and nodal analysis

chapter 72|6 pages

The superposition theorem

chapter 73|10 pages

The´venin’s and Norton’s theorems

chapter 74|7 pages

Delta-star and star-delta transformations

chapter 76|17 pages

Complex waveforms

chapter 77|6 pages

A numerical method of harmonic analysis

chapter 78|8 pages

Dielectrics and dielectric loss

chapter 79|8 pages

Field theory

chapter 80|12 pages


chapter 81|6 pages

Filter networks

chapter 82|6 pages


chapter 83|15 pages

Transmission lines