Hydraulic Directional Control Valves

By Terry Bartelt

In this animated activity, learners examine the operation of hydraulic directional control valves and the internal components that divert the fluid.

Measuring Current in a Parallel Circuit

In this interactive learning object, students view the ammeter connections for measuring currents in a parallel circuit with three branches on an energy concepts lab board. A brief quiz completes the activity.

The Zener Diode: Practice Problems

By Patrick Hoppe

Students complete 10 practice problems. These deal with the determination of series current, zener current, and load current, and if the zener diode is operating in the breakdown region.

Transfer Functions: The RL High Pass Filter (Screencast)

Learners read how the RL high pass filter is developed. The transfer function is used in Excel to graph the Vout. The circuit is also simulated in Electronic WorkBench and the resulting Bode plot is compared to the graph from Excel.

Excel: Rectangular to Polar Conversion for Magnitude

Learners read how to convert complex numbers to their polar equivalent in Excel.

Active Region Operation of a Transistor

Learners view the operation of an NPN transistor in the active region.

Analyze a Part Drawing

By Glenn Sokolowski

In this interactive object, learners answer 25 questions regarding part or assembly drawings. The basic areas of blueprint reading are covered.

Effects of a Rheostat in a Series Circuit

In this animated object, learners examine how the way in which a rheostat is connected in series with other resistors causes current and voltage to change as the resistance is varied. A brief quiz completes the activity.

Introduction to Class 3 Levers

By James Bourassa, John Rosz

In this interactive object, students view an animated depiction of Class 3 levers. A matching quiz completes the activity.

The TI-83 Plus Calculator: Complex Conjugate Conversion

Learners view the steps to find the complex conjugate of a number using the TI-83 Plus calculator. They are encouraged to work the examples given.

The Purge Level Measurement Method

In this animated object, learners examine how the purge pressure system is used to measure levels of material. A brief quiz completes the activity.

Series Circuit Analysis Practice Problems Part 2

In this interactive object, learners solve additional problems involving total resistance and current, the current through each resistor, the voltage across each resistor, and the power dissipated.

Gear Nomenclature (Screencast)

By James Bourassa

In this interactive object, learners view various components of gears and read descriptions of them. Learners then identify the location of each of these components in a drag-and-drop exercise.

Statics - Trig: The Pythagorean Theorem Using a TI-36XCalculator

By Steve Whitmoyer

In this animated and interactive object, the learner uses a TI-36X calculator to solve for the magnitude of the resultant and of one of the component forces in a right triangle.

Power Calculations in a Series/Parallel Circuit

In this learning activity you'll explore various ways to calculate the power consumed in a series/parallel circuit.

Introduction to Class 1 Levers

In this interactive object, students view an animated depiction of Class 1 levers. A matching quiz completes the activity.

AC Capacitor: A Water Tank Analogy

By Roger Brown

In this animated lesson, students read an analogy comparing water in a "special" water tank to the current "flow" through a capacitor.

Sectional Views

In this interactive object, learners examine sectional views used in engineering drawings. The sections shown are full, half, offset, aligned, revolved, and broken-out. Learners match drawings of sectional views with the names of the views.

Rotating Vector Representation of the Sine Function

The learner will be able to represent steady-state AC sinusoidal signals using phasors, which will lead to a simplified technique of analyzing AC circuits in a very similar way that we analyze DC circuits.

Reading a P&ID Loop

Learners follow steps for reading a P&ID diagram of a closed-loop circuit.

The Edison Wire System

Learners read a description of the wiring configuration of a residential Edison Wire System, which consists of a transformer secondary circuit. The circuit supplies two 115-volt sources and one 230-volt source.

Excel: Rectangular to Polar Conversion for the Phase Angle in Radians

The conversion from rectangular to polar mode phase angle in radians is demonstrated in Excel.

Discharging Time Constants of an RC Circuit (Screencast)

In this animated object, learners examine how current, voltage and the discharging capacitor of a series RC changes during 5 time constants. A brief quiz completes the activity.

An Inductor Opposing a Current Change

Learners read how an inductor opposes a current change when it begins to energize and when it begins to de-energize. A short quiz completes the activity.

Optical Encoders (Screencast)

Learners examine the internal components of an optical encoder used in automated manufacturing applications. A brief quiz completes the animated activity.