The student studies the method to calculate complex power where the Vrms of a circuit is multiplied by the complex conjugate of the total circuit current. Several examples are given, along with the power triangle.

Complex Power: The Sum of the Individual Real and Reactive Powers

The learner views a method to find the total complex power of a circuit in which the individual real and reactive powers are found and then added together. Several examples are shown, along with the power triangles.

Learners explore the use of complex numbers through a series AC circuit analysis problem. The steps are compared to the graphical method of finding circuit impedance and the phase angle.

The TI-83 Plus Calculator: Using the Reciprocal Function for Complex Numbers

Learners examine the correct method for calculating complex reciprocals. The solution for total impedance of a parallel circuit in rectangular form is shown.

The TI-86 Scientific Calculator: Using the Reciprocal Function for Complex Numbers

This primer introduces the student to the correct method of using complex reciprocals in a TI-86 calculator. The solution of total impedance of a parallel circuit in rectangular form is shown.