Covers the fundamentals of electricity as applied to the electrical field. Topics include the electron theory, Ohm’s Law, circuits, magnetism, inductance, capacitance, and alternating current circuits. Utilizes voltmeters, ammeters, power supplies, signal generators, and oscilloscopes to construct circuits during lab activities. Also utilizes computer simulations.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Electron theory, electric charge, and Ohm’s Law
- Prefixes, voltage sources, and voltmeter usage
- Resistor color code, ratings, types, and ohmmeter usage
- Ohm’s Law
- Ammeter usage
- Electronic Workbench circuit simulation and analysis
- Series circuits and circuit breadboarding
- Electronic Workbench simulation with series circuits
- Voltage divider circuits, and open and short circuits
- Electrical power
- Parallel circuits
- Combination circuits
- Wheatstone Bridge
- Meter loading, cells, and batteries
- Soldering activities
- Magnetism and electromagnetism
- Alternating current and simulation on oscilloscope with utilization of signal generator
- Oscilloscope usage, D.C., A.C., and period measurements
- Capacitors and their properties in D.C. and A.C. circuits
- Capacitive reactance, RC circuits, filters, and phase shift
- RC circuit conditions
- Series and parallel RC circuits
- Inductors and their properties in D.C. and A.C. circuits
- RL circuit conditions
- Transformers, voltage and current ratio, and power transfer
- Ladder Diagrams
- Define voltage, current, and resistance and explain the characteristics of each.
- Make basic circuit measurements utilizing a voltmeter, a current meter, an ohmmeter, and an oscilloscope.
- Explain Ohm’s Law and the Power Law.
- Determine the characteristics of a series circuit.
- Determine the characteristics of a parallel circuit.
- Analyze series-parallel circuits.
- Explain the principles of magnetism and electromagnetism.
- Determine and analyze voltage and current values from an A.C. sine wave.
- Describe the basic characteristics of an inductor in D.C. and A.C. circuits.
- Describe the basic characteristics of a capacitor in D.C. and A.C. circuits.
Assessment and Requirements
- Unit and chapter tests given throughout the semester.
- Analytical laboratory activities and performance exercises in which students demonstrate an understanding of assigned circuits.
- Final exam in which common questions are asked covering the units and topics presented throughout the semester. The final exam is worth 25 percent of the course grade.
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Review of Student Portfolio and Student Interview