Methods of Producing Electricity
By Terry Bartelt
In this learning activity you'll review the six different ways in which electricity is produced: chemical, friction, heat, light, magnetism, and pressure.
Current in a Series Circuit
In this learning activity you'll determine what happens to current flow in a series circuit when the resistance is changed.
Series-Parallel DC Circuits Analysis
By Patrick Hoppe
Learners follow a methodical approach for the dc analysis of series-parallel circuits.
Resistor Color Code Practice
In this learning activity you'll build a resistor's color code based on the bands.
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.
Schematic Diagram Symbols
In this learning activity you'll review various types of common components used in electronics and view their schematic diagram symbols.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Abbreviations Representing Electrical Quantities
In this learning activity you'll identify abbreviations that represent quantities associated with electrical circuits.
Active Region Operation of a Transistor
Learners view the operation of an NPN transistor in the active region.
Series Circuit Analysis Practice Problems Part 1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The schematic symbols of logic gates used in digital circuits are shown.
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.
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.
Basic Logic Gates
By Terry Bartelt, Terry Fleischman
The learner will understand the operation of the six fundamental logic gates and the inverter by using truth tables, Boolean Algebra equations, switch analogies, and written statements.