Series-Parallel DC Circuits Analysis

By Patrick Hoppe

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

Current in a Series Circuit

By Terry Bartelt

In this learning activity you'll determine what happens to current flow in a series circuit when the resistance is changed.

Series-Parallel Circuit Analysis: Practice Problems Circuit 1

In this interactive object, learners analyze a series-parallel DC circuit problem in a series of steps. Immediate feedback is provided.

The Superposition Theorem

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

Shorts Affecting Current in a Series Circuit

In this learning activity you'll review how a short affects current flow and voltage in a series circuit.

Sine Wave Fundamentals: Practice Problem #1

In this interactive object, learners determine the Vp, Vp-p, Vrms, Vavg, and the frequency of a sine wave displayed on an oscilloscope screen.

Schematic Diagram Symbols

In this learning activity you'll review various types of common components used in electronics and view their schematic diagram symbols.

Calculating DC Values of a Transistor Amplifier

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

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.

Active Region Operation of a Transistor

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

Powers of Ten: The Proper Use of Symbols

Students read about the six common terms used to represent the powers of ten in the field of electronics and complete two matching exercises.

Logic Symbols

The schematic symbols of logic gates used in digital circuits are shown.

Total Impedance of a Parallel Circuit Using Complex Numbers

Students read how to determine the total impedance of a parallel circuit using complex numbers. The "J" term is used in the calculations.

The Time Proportioning Operational Amplifier (Screencast)

In this animated object, learners see how a time proportioning operational amplifier varies an average DC voltage. A brief quiz completes the activity.

Transfer Functions: The RL Low Pass Filter

Learners read how the transfer function for a RC low 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Logic Gates

Students read information about basic logic gates including the gates' names, symbols, Boolean expressions, pronunciations, and truth tables. They then complete a matching exercise.

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.

Opens Affecting Current in a Series Circuit

In this learning activity you'll review how an open in a series circuit affects current.

The Basic Operation of a Diode

In this interactive and animated object, learners examine the operation of a semiconductor diode when it is forward and reverse biased. A brief quiz completes the activity.

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.

Methods of Producing Electricity

In this learning activity you'll review the six different ways in which electricity is produced: chemical, friction, heat, light, magnetism, and pressure.

Inductors

This learning activity describes the abilities of an inductor coil to oppose alternating current and to pass direct current.