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Special-purpose Diodes

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Schottky diodes Schottky diodes are constructed of a metal-to-N…

AC Power

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If a sinusoidal voltage is applied to an impedance with a phase angle…

Regulated Power Sources

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Don’t just sit there! Build something!! Learning to mathematically…

Electrical Energy Calculator

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This calculator will determine the instantaneous energy, sustained energy, and power consumed by an electrical system given two of the three electrical parameters (voltage, current, or resistance) and the time.

Power Sources

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There are many different types of power sources, and here some of the…

Lenz’s Law and Faraday’s Law Calculator

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This calculator uses Faraday's and Lenz's laws to calculate the magnitude and polarity of the induced electromotive force (EMF) caused by a change in magnetic flux through a closed-loop coil.

Energy, Work, and Power

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Define the following terms: energy, work, and power.

Design Project: Power Inverter

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A common topology for DC-AC power converter circuits uses a pair of…

How to Calculate Power in a Series and Parallel Circuit

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When calculating the power dissipation of resistive components, we can…

Special-purpose Diodes

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Schottky diodes Schottky diodes are constructed of a metal-to-N…

AC Lab - Using a Transformer to Build a 12 VAC Power Supply

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In this hands-on AC electronics experiment, build a 12 V alternating current (AC) power supply using a step-down transformer and learn about transformer operation and the purpose of tapped windings.

Voltage, Current, and Resistance

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Voltage is commonly defined as “electrical pressure.” The unit of…

Speed Distance Time Calculator

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This calculator will solve for either distance, time, or speed given two of the three parameters.

Sources of Electricity

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What is the difference between DC and AC electricity? Identify some…

Contributors (16)

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Contributors to this chapter are listed in chronological order of…

Electrical Energy Calculator

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This calculator will determine the instantaneous energy, sustained energy, and power consumed by an electrical system given two of the three electrical parameters (voltage, current, or resistance) and the time.

Characteristic Impedance

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Note the “50 ohm” rating printed on the jacket of the cable. What…

Multiple-input Gates

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The Use of Logic Gate Inverters and buffers exhaust the possibilities…

Square Wave Signals

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It has been found that any repeating, non-sinusoidal waveform can be…

Other Waveshapes

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As strange as it may seem, any repeating, non-sinusoidal waveform is…

Protective Relay Circuits

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Protective relays are special power-sensing devices whose job it is to…

Design Project: Logic Probe

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What factors determine where potentiometers Rpot1 and Rpot2 must be…

Optothyristors

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Like bipolar transistors, SCRs and TRIACs are also manufactured as…

Comparator with Hysteresis (Schmitt Trigger) Calculator

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This calculator will compute the required resistor ratio (R2/R1) and reference voltage (VREF) to create the desired high (VTH) and low (VTL) threshold voltages in a non-inverting comparator circuit with hysteresis (commonly called a Schmitt trigger).

Capacitance, Reactance, and Admittance Calculator

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A calculator for solving the capacitance, reactance, and admittance of a capacitor.

AC Lab - Signal and Noise Coupling

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In this hands-on AC electronics experiment, power a DC motor through a multi-conductor cable to learn how AC signals are coupled between conductors and how to mitigate noise coupling.

AC Lab - Using a Transformer to Build a 12 VAC Power Supply

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In this hands-on AC electronics experiment, build a 12 V alternating current (AC) power supply using a step-down transformer and learn about transformer operation and the purpose of tapped windings.

Parallel Circuit Rules

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Voltage Components in a parallel circuit share the same voltage:…

Si Lab - Bipolar Transistor as a Switch

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In this hands-on semiconductor electronics experiment, use a bipolar junction transistor (BJT) to switch an LED and learn about the current their amplification.

Vol IV. Credits

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All entries arranged in alphabetical order of surname. Major…

More on Spectrum Analysis

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Computerized Fourier analysis, particularly in the form of the FFT…

How to Use Thevenin’s Theorem

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This page will walk you step-by-step through the process of…

Resistors

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Because the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance in…

Magnetic Units of Measurement

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In electric circuits, the three basic quantities are voltage (E or V),…