This course is an introductory study of DC and AC electrical circuits. Content includes the basic ideas of electrical charge, current, voltage, resistance, energy, power, capacitance, inductance, and the transient behavior of RC and RL circuits. For AC, the concepts of frequency, period, phase, and magnitude of sine waves are developed. The electrical circuit parameters are studied as phasors and complex numbers and expressed in polar and rectangular form. Major AC topics studied include reactance, impedance, power, and resonance. Electric circuit theory includes Ohm’s law; Kirchhoff’s laws; series and parallel circuits; and electrical sources. Also introduced are voltage and current dividers and Thevenin’s Theorem. Lab exercises develop the use of basic measurement equipment, such as the ammeter, voltmeter, and oscilloscope, while verifying the concepts studied in lectures.
3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week
[Course fee: $50]