Alternating Current Fundamentals

Course Number: E-2019
Credit: 2 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: A. Bhatia, Mechanical Engineer
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Overview

In Alternating Current Fundamentals , you'll learn ...

  • The advantages and disadvantages of alternating current (AC) relative to direct current (DC)
  • The relationships between magnetism and electricity
  • How to calculate values of voltage and current, as well as phase difference between sine waves
  • Ohm's Law in AC circuits

Overview

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Credit: 2 PDH

Length: 29 pages

This course provides a basic introduction to alternating current (AC) theory. An alternating current is an electrical current whose magnitude and direction vary cyclically, as opposed to direct current (DC), whose direction remains constant. Due to its inherent advantages and versatility, alternating current has replaced direct current in all but a few commercial power distribution systems.

This course is suitable for non-electrical engineers with a desire to understand the fundamentals of alternating current, as well as electrical engineers looking for a refresher course.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The differences between AC and DC voltage and current
  • The advantages of AC power transmission over DC power transmission
  • The "left-hand rule" for a conductor
  • The relationship between current and magnetism
  • The methods by which AC power can be generated
  • The relationship between frequency, period, time, and wavelength
  • How to compute peak-to-peak, instantaneous, effective, and average values of voltage and current
  • How to compute the phase difference between sine waves

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 15 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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