Basic Electrical Theory Using the VIPeR Method

Course Number: E-3066
Credit: 3 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Robert J. Scoff, P.E.
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Overview

In Basic Electrical Theory Using the VIPeR Method, you'll learn ...

  • A simplified method for analyzing AC and DC circuits
  • How to analyze series, parallel and series parallel (combined) circuits
  • The concepts of resistance, capacitance, inductance and Root Mean Square (RMS)
  • How to use the VIP method to perform a quick, simple backcheck of results of other circuit analysis techniques

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Credit: 3 PDH

Length: 51 pages

This course was written to help simplify the analysis of basic electrical circuits. Quite often it is easy to get confused keeping track of the various knowns and unknowns in electrical calculations. With the VIPeR Method, the various parameters of any electrical circuit can be written in a chart and calculations can then be done using simple multiplication and division math. Direct Current and Alternating Current circuits are covered. I wish that this idea would have been presented when I was studying electrical circuits.

The three most common electrical components (resistance, capacitance, and inductance) are covered and explained. Waveforms and their relationship to vectors are covered. The concept of Root Mean Square (RMS) is explained. Various other circuit analysis techniques are covered and how the VIPeR Method can be used to clarify and check results is shown.

This course was designed for both engineers in disciplines other than electrical, and electrical engineers who desire to deepen their understanding of electrical circuits. This course is more theoretical, but is easily adapted to the practical world of industrial and commercial electrical systems.

The material in this course is presented with numerous diagrams, waveforms, and vectors to help students understand how electrical power works. The material assumes some skill in basic mathematics, trigonometry, vector analysis, and the ability to convert between polar and rectangular co-ordinates. A calculator that does polar to rectangular and rectangular to polar conversions is very helpful in working through this material.

It is my intention that the material presented in this course will help you be better versed in electrical circuits, and therefore make you more comfortable when working with other engineers, technicians, and craftsmen in the field.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Definitions of specific electrical terms
  • Relationship between voltage, current, and power in DC and AC circuits
  • How to use the VIPeR Method in practical circuits
  • How to think about capacitors and inductors as reactances with a plus or minus j in their value
  • What is RMS and why is it used in AC circuit calculations
  • How vectors of voltage, current, power, and VARs relate to waveforms in AC circuits

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 25 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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