Basic Types of Dimensioning Used in Engineering Drawings

By Kelly Curran, Glenn Sokolowski

Learners examine the basic types of dimensioning including unidirectional and aligned systems, and linear, aligned, angled, arrowless, chain, datum, chart, tabular, radius, diameter, typical, and reference dimensions.

Calculating DC Values of a Transistor Amplifier

By Terry Bartelt

In this animated activity, learners view the seven steps that are used to calculate voltage and current values throughout a common-emitter transistor amplifier.

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.

Series Circuit Analysis Practice Problems Part 1

By Patrick Hoppe

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

Series-Parallel Circuit Analysis Practice Problems: Circuit #5

Learners examine a series-parallel circuit and solve 14 problems related to voltage, current, and power. A help screen is provided.

Indirect Measurement Instruments

By Kelly Curran

The learner will define indirect measurement, identify common indirect measuring tools, and select the proper measuring tool for the situation.

Series-Parallel DC Circuits Analysis

Learners follow a methodical approach for the dc analysis of series-parallel circuits.

Hydraulic Systems

In this animated activity, learners examine the three main segments of a hydraulic system: power supply, control, and output. A brief quiz completes the learning object.

P&ID Tag Numbers

Learners study the types of information letters and numbers placed inside general piping and instrumentation diagram symbols.

Orthographic Projection #1

By Glenn Sokolowski

In this interactive and animated object, learners examine orthographic projection and the Glass Box Theory. Front, side, and top view development is demonstrated with pictorial views of each object to help develop 2D to 3D visualization skills.

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.

The Magnetron Ignition System

Learners read an explanation of how the Magnetron Ignition System uses a solid state switching component, a step-up transformer, and magnetism to provide a high voltage spark in a one-cylinder combustion engine.

The Superposition Theorem

The superposition theorem is explained as it relates to dc circuit analysis. Examples are given.

Thevenin Voltage: Practice Problems

Students work five practice problems to determine the Thevenin voltage of DC circuits.

Parallel Circuit Analysis Practice Problems: Circuit #5

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

Norton's Theorem

Learners follow the steps for reducing all of the elements of a complex circuit to a single current source and a single source resistance to create a simple circuit. Several examples are given for dc circuits. The conversion between Thevenin and Norton is also presented.

Designing a Ladder Diagram

In this animated object, learners examine the design of a ladder circuit that provides manual control to a water pumping system. Students also study modifications to the circuit as the complexity of the system increases.

The Triac

Learners study the fundamental operation of a triac, particularly how it is turned on and off. A brief quiz completes the activity.

The DC Shunt Motor

Learners examine the operation of a DC Shunt motor and its characteristics. A quiz completes the activity.

The Dial Caliper

By Barbara Anderegg

Learners review guidelines for the proper use of a dial caliper. Illustrations appear throughout the learning object.

AC Current Flow

In this interactive and animated object, learners examine the flow of electron current into and out of hot and neutral sockets during each alternation of an AC waveform. A brief quiz completes the activity.

Hydraulic System Pressure

In this animated activity, learners observe how pressure values throughout a hydraulic system are developed based on pump pressure and the size of the load.

Selecting a Proper Single Phase Transformer

By Gary Lindell, Terry Bartelt

Students follow the steps that are required to select a transformer with the proper ratings. Voltage, frequency, current, and KVA are considered.

Abbreviations Representing Electrical Quantities

In this learning activity you'll identify abbreviations that represent quantities associated with electrical circuits.

How Current Requires Voltage

This learning activity uses a water pressure analogy to present the concept that voltage pressure is required to cause current flow.