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Basic AC Circuits

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Basic AC Circuits, 2/E is a step-by-step approach to AC circuit technology for the beginning student, hobbyist, technician, or engineer. The book is built into a series of self-paced, individualized learning goals covering electronics concepts, terms and the mathematics required to fully understand AC circuit problems--simple or complex. Each chapter includes learning objectives, fully-illustrated examples, practice problems and quizzes providing teachers, trainers and students a complete AC technology resource. Basic AC Circuits, 2/E has been a staple of the electronics educational market since 1981, but in the new edition the author has updated the book to reflect changes in technology, especially the test equipment available today.

Basic AC Circuits has been a keystone for curriculum plans around the country for nearly two decades. This book was originally part of the Texas Instruments series published by Sams Publishing.

Provides a fully-revised introduction to AC circuit technology that includes full examples, practice problems and quizzes to measure learning
Includes the mathematics training for AC circuit design that so many technicians and engineers are missing
Written in an easy-to-read and follow format with many illustrations, examples, and hands-on practice.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Preface
  6. Features of This Book
  7. Chapter 1: Introduction to Alternating Current
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. AC VOLTAGE AND CURRENT
    3. GENERATING AN AC WAVEFORM
    4. IDENTIFICATION OF WAVEFORM CYCLES
    5. WAVEFORM FREQUENCY CALCULATIONS
    6. WAVEFORM PERIOD CALCULATIONS
    7. CONVERTING FROM TIME TO FREQUENCY MEASUREMENTS
    8. SUMMARY
  8. Chapter 2: AC and the Sine Wave
    1. REVIEW OF WAVEFORM FREQUENCY AND PERIOD RELATIONSHIPS
    2. WAVEFORM AMPLITUDE SPECIFICATIONS
    3. THE SINE WAVE AND SINE TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTION
    4. USING A 0 TO 90 DEGREES TRIGONOMETRIC TABLE
    5. Additional Trigonometric Calculations
    6. Cosine
    7. Tangent
    8. Finding Sides When Theta and Hypotenuse Are Given
    9. Find the Hypotenuse and Angle When Sides Are Given
    10. First Example
    11. Second Example
    12. SUMMARY
  9. Chapter 3: The Oscilloscope and Its Use
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. A BASIC OSCILLOSCOPE
    3. MAINFRAME CONTROLS
    4. VERTICAL CONTROL
    5. HORIZONTAL CONTROLS
    6. LEVEL–HOLDOFF
    7. THE DIGITAL OSCILLOSCOPE
    8. MEASUREMENT OF AN AC WAVEFORM
    9. SUMMARY
  10. Chapter 4: The Sine Wave and Phase
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. INSTANTANEOUS VALUES OF ELECTRICAL DEGREE POINTS
    3. INSTANTANEOUS VALUES AT TIME INTERVALS
    4. RADIANS
    5. PHASE RELATIONSHIPS
    6. SUMMARY
  11. Chapter 5: Resistive Circuits
    1. REVIEW OF A FEW BASICS
    2. CIRCUIT ANALYSIS
    3. POWER DISSIPATION
    4. SUMMARY
  12. Chapter 6: Capacitance
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. PROPERTIES OF CAPACITANCE
    3. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF A CAPACITOR
    4. VALUES OF CAPACITORS
    5. TYPES OF CAPACITORS
    6. COMPARISON OF RESISTANCE AND CAPACITANCE
    7. PHASE RELATIONSHIPS IN CAPACITIVE CIRCUITS
    8. FREQUENCY RELATED TO CAPACITIVE IMPEDANCE
    9. CAPACITIVE REACTANCE
    10. CAPACITIVE REACTANCE INSERIES AND PARALLEL
    11. CAPACITANCE IN SERIES AND PARALLEL
    12. Capacitance in Series
    13. Capacitance in Parallel
    14. ANALYSIS OF SERIES AND PARALLEL CAPACITIVE CIRCUITS
    15. Summary
  13. Chapter 7: RC Circuit Analysis
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. PHASE RELATIONSHIPS IN SERIES RC CIRCUITS
    3. VECTOR ADDITION
    4. VECTOR SOLUTIONS
    5. SERIES RC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS
    6. CALCULATION OF POWER IN RESISTIVE AND REACTIVE CIRCUITS
    7. PARALLEL RC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS
    8. ANALYSIS OF PARALLEL RC CIRCUITS: EXAMPLE
    9. POWER CALCULATIONS IN PARALLEL RC CIRCUITS
    10. SUMMARY
  14. Chapter 8: Inductance and Transformers
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. ELECTROMAGNETIC PROPERTIES
    3. THE PROPERTY OF INDUCTANCE
    4. INDUCTANCE IN A CIRCUIT
    5. SERIES AND PARALLEL INDUCTORS
    6. MUTUAL INDUCTANCE
    7. TRANSFORMERS
    8. SERIES AND PARALLEL INDUCTORS IN AC CIRCUITS
    9. SUMMARY
  15. Chapter 9: RL Circuit Analysis
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. SERIES RL CIRCUIT
    3. PARALLEL RL CIRCUIT
    4. SOLUTION OF A PARALLEL RL CIRCUIT
    5. Q OF A COIL
    6. SUMMARY
  16. Chapter 10: RC and RL Time Constants
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. RC DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS: CHARGE CYCLE
    3. RC DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS: DISCHARGE CYCLE
    4. RC TIME CONSTANTS
    5. UNIVERSAL TIME CONSTANT CHART
    6. RL DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS: OPPOSING A CURRENT INCREASE
    7. DC RL CIRCUIT ANALYSIS: OPPOSING CURRENT DECREASE
    8. RL TIME CONSTANTS
    9. RL TIME CONSTANTS DEFINED
    10. THE UTCC AND DC RL CIRCUIT
    11. SUMMARY
  17. Chapter 11: RLC Circuit Analysis
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. SERIES RLC CIRCUITS SUMMARIZED
    3. ANALYSIS OF A SERIES RLC CIRCUIT
    4. PARALLEL RLC CIRCUITS SUMMARIZED
    5. ANALYSIS OF APARALLELRLC CIRCUIT
    6. SUMMARY
  18. Chapter 12: Phasor Algebra
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. INTRODUCTION TO PHASOR ALGEBRA
    3. APPLICATION OF J-OPERATOR TO AC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS
    4. SUMMARY
  19. Chapter 13: Complex RLC Circuit Analysis
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. WRITING IMPEDANCES WITH J-OPERATORS
    3. MATH OPERATIONS WITH COMPLEX NUMBERS — RECTANGULAR FORM
    4. MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION IN POLAR FROM
    5. USE OF RECTANGULAR FORM VERSUS POLAR FORM
    6. CIRCUIT ANALYSIS USING J-OPERATOR NOTATION
    7. Summary
  20. Chapter 14: Resonance
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. CONCEPT OF RESONANCE
    3. SERIES RESONANCE
    4. SERIES RESONANT CIRCUIT EXAMPLE
    5. BANDWIDTH
    6. CHANGING THE FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    7. PARALLEL RESONANCE
    8. PARALLEL RESONANT CIRCUIT EXAMPLE
    9. ALTERING THE FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    10. SUMMARY
    11. COURSE SUMMARY
  21. Appendices
  22. Glossary
  23. Index