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Understanding AC Circuits

Book Description

Understanding AC Circuits covers the second half of a basic electronic circuits theory course, integrating theory and laboratory practice into a single text. Several key features in each unit make this an excellent teaching tool: objectives, key terms, self-tests, lab experiments, and a unit exam. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated by the authors to reflect the latest information on electronics.

Understanding AC Circuits is designed with the electronics beginner and student in mind. The authors use a practical approach exposing the reader to the systems that are built with AC circuits making it easy for beginners to master even complex concepts in electronics while gradually building their knowledge base of both theory and applications. Each chapter includes easy-to-read text accompanied by clear and concise graphics fully explaining each concept before moving onto the next. The authors have provided section quizzes and chapter tests so the readers can monitor their progress and review any sections before moving onto the next chapter. Each chapter also includes several electronics experiments, allowing the reader to build small circuits and low-cost projects for the added bonus of hands-on experience in AC electronics.

Understanding AC Circuits fully covers dozens of topics including single-phase and three-phase AC electronics; electrical generator basics; how to use a multimeter and oscilloscope in AC electronics; troubleshooting and testing circuits; tools and equipment; resistive circuits; inductive circuits; capacitive circuits; vector diagrams; series circuits; transformers; filter circuits; resonant circuits; decibels; waveshaping control; electronic symbols; soldering techniques; plus much more.

  • Integrates theory and lab experiments
  • Contains course and learning objectives and self-quizzes
  • Heavily illustrated

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright page
  5. Preface
  6. Course Objectives
  7. Parts List for Experiments
  8. Unit 1. Basics of Alternating Current
    1. Important Terms
    2. Alternating Current (AC) Voltage
    3. Single-Phase and Three-Phase AC
    4. Electromagnetic Induction
    5. Generating AC Voltage
    6. Basics of Electric Generators
    7. Single-Phase AC Generation
    8. Three-Phase AC Generation
    9. Self-Examination
    10. Answers
    11. Unit 1 Examination
  9. Unit 2. Measuring AC
    1. Important Terms
    2. Measuring AC Voltage with a Multimeter
    3. Measuring AC Voltage with an Oscilloscope
    4. Oscilloscope Operation
    5. Self-Examination
    6. Answers
    7. Experimental Activities for AC Electronics
    8. Tools and Equipment
    9. Important Information
    10. Lab Activity Troubleshooting and Testing
    11. Unit 2 Examination Measuring AC
  10. Unit 3. Resistance, Inductance, and Capacitance in AC Circuits
    1. Important Terms
    2. Resistive AC Circuits
    3. Inductive Circuits
    4. Capacitive Circuits
    5. Vector (Phasor) Diagrams
    6. Series AC Circuits
    8. Power in AC Circuits
    9. Self-Examination
    10. Answers
    11. Unit 3 Examination
  11. Unit 4. Transformers
    1. Unit Introduction
    2. Important Terms
    3. Transformer Operation
    4. Types of Transformers
    5. Transformer Efficiency
    6. Self-Examination
    7. Unit 4 Examination
  12. Unit 5. Frequency-Sensitive AC Circuits
    1. Important Terms
    2. Resonant Circuits
    3. Self-Examination
    4. Answers
    5. Decibels
    6. Logarithms
    7. Decibel Applications
    8. Using Decibels With Filter Circuits
    9. Waveshaping Control
    10. Differentiator Circuits
    11. Integrator Circuits
    12. Self-Examination
    13. Answers
    14. Unit 5 Examination: Frequency-Sensitive AC Circuits
  13. Appendix A: Electronic Symbols
  14. Appendix B: Trigonometry for AC Electronics
  15. Appendix C: Electronic Equipment and Parts Sales
  16. Appendix D: Soldering Techniques
  17. Appendix E: Troubleshooting
  18. Appendix F: Use of a Calculator
  19. Index