Easier by Analogy
Several years ago, I was asked to conduct a seminar on basic electricity for the members of a small homeowners' association.  They were working their way alphabetically through the various trade disciplines with which a homeowner might come in contact.  As I recall, they had covered attic fans, brickwork, cabinetry, carpeting, decks and doors at previous meetings.  I learned that I was to be followed in coming months by fences, fireplaces and
Terms in Currency
You don't have to be a football expert to sit in the stands on a nice fall day and watch the locals bash the visitors.  But to get the most from the festivities, it helps to know the difference between a two-point conversion and an on-side kick.  Being able to converse with your seatmates about the nickel defense and the single-wing offense surging back and forth before your eyes makes it even better.  The jargon isn't just for the players and sportscasters. Electricity is a bit like that.  Most of us are users, and most of us know some of the jargon despite the fact we don't work at a power plant.  We know that we have 12-volt batteries in our cars and that the porch light takes a 60-watt light bulb.  And for many folks, that's enough. I believe, however, that those of us who work with things electric on a larger scale can benefit from