AC Waveforms: Basic Quantities for Non-Electrical Engineers

Course Number: E-4014
Credit: 4 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Peter Basis, P.E.
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Overview

In AC Waveforms: Basic Quantities for Non-Electrical Engineers, you'll learn ...

  • Basic quantities associated with AC waveforms
  • Sinusoids, square and triangular waves
  • Definitions of the following terms: periodic waveform, period, cycle, frequency, peak value, peak-to-peak value, instantaneous value, angular velocity, average value, RMS or effective value and total RMS
  • Phase relations, phasors, complex numbers, and complex algebra and how it helps with phasors

Overview

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Credit: 4 PDH

Length: 46 pages

This course introduces basic definitions, quantities and concepts associated with the AC waveforms.

The material is mainly intended for the non-electrical engineer who requires a basic understanding of AC electricity. Electrical engineers who have worked a considerable time in other areas will also find the course useful.

The course material is presented in an illustrative manner with equations presented without extensive derivation. The material assumes some skill in basic trigonometry, vectors, and conversion between Rectangular and Polar co-ordinates.

The effect of the sinusoid to the various elements (Resistor, Inductor and Capacitor) is investigated and the behavior of the elements with respect to the frequency is presented.

Finally all aspects of the AC power including average power, reactive power, apparent power, power factor, and power factor correction are presented.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Basic quantities associated with AC waveforms
  • Sinusoids, square and triangular waves
  • Definitions of the following terms: periodic waveform, period, cycle, frequency, peak value, peak-to-peak value, instantaneous value, angular velocity, average value, RMS or effective value and total RMS
  • Phase relations, phasors, complex numbers, and complex algebra and how it helps with phasors
  • The terms lags, leads, and out of phase
  • The effect of the R, L, and C elements
  • Average power, power factor, reactive power, apparent power, impedance and impedance triangle, power triangle and complex power, total P, Q and S, and power factor correction

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 20 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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