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An electrical device devised by Charles Wheatstone in 1843, and used for finding the value of an unknown resistor.

A Wheatstone Bridge

Check out Page 34 of Hillier's Fundamentals of Automotive Electronics for more information.

Charles Wheatstone

More on Charles Wheatstone.

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WhitefingerThis describes fingers that have suffered nerve damage as a result of handling or using vibration equipment such as vibrating pokers and pneumatic chisels and hammers.

Read more about white finger on Wikipedia...

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Wikipedia is a web based encyclopedia that anyone can log into, make new entries, or improve and expand on existing ones.

Check Wikipedia for more information on wikipedia!

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The Wilkinson electrical trainerAn automotive electrical trainer originally designed and built by Wilkinson. AG Block in the UK now provide modern versions of the trainer. Basically, it contains a complete automotive electrical system - lights, indicators, starter, alternator and wipers. It has built a built in ammeter and voltmeter, and can accomodate any one of four ignition systems: 

  • Conventional contact breaker ignition complete with ignition ballast
  • Ford DIS
  • Ford inductive
  • Hall effect distributor

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When used in the context of computers, the operating system (OS) which allows a user to interact with the machine. There are many different versions, for example: Windows 95; Windows 98; Windows 2000; Windows XP.

The machines the apprentices use whilst in Cabra on Phase 2 of their training all have Windows 2000 OS installed on them.

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Electrical wire strippersThis tool is issued to you at your own expense during induction. It then becomes part of your tool kit and you must have it with you at all times during the Phase 2 course.

This tool allows you to quickly and accurately strip insulation from that automotive electrical cabling that you will be using during the course.

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Windows Media Audio, a format for sound files, devised by Microsoft.

Although this format gives very good sound quality with relatively small file sizes, be careful about posting files in this format to your site. Not every visitor may have the software necessary to open the file. For example, Mac users will not be able to open this format.

In order to ensure maximum availability of your sound files, use a more universal format like mp3.

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Warrant Officer, a rank in the Irish Naval Service.
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Work is said to be done when a force moves an object through a distance. If we want to quantify or measure the amount of work done, we must know the magnitude (size) of the force applied, and the distance the object was moved.

When carrying out calculations of this nature, we must be careful to use base units, in this case, the metre for distance and the Newton for force.

For example, if the force applied was 20 Newtons, and the distance moved was 1 metre, then the work done is calculated by multiplying the force by the distance.


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