“Electrical Circuits Laboratory”

Course Description:

Introduction to dc and ac circuits. Topics include Ohm’s Law,  Watt’s Law, resistance, series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits, network theorems, equivalent circuits, capacitive and inductive circuits, as well as ac circuits. Students are required to build and test electrical circuits using electrical components and software application.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand, analyze, and safely use basic electrical and electronic circuits/systems and electromechanical devices
  2.  Troubleshoot and fix problems in electrical circuits/systems and electromechanical devices
  3.  Use the tools and instruments to build electromechanical devices
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication skills using appropriate technology
  5. Function as effective contributing members of a team
  6. Recognize the physical laws that govern how all electrical circuits and devices work
  7. Apply fundamental mathematical principles to their electronics work
  8. Calculate current, voltage, resistance, power, and recognize voltage sources, resistor color code, and VOMs
  9. Apply Ohm’s Law and Watt’s Law to electronic circuits, developing their basic skills of problem solving and critical thinking by solving basic problems
  10. Apply the basic rules of series and parallel circuits
  11. Analyze and simplify series-parallel circuits, use Thevenin’s Theorem, and Wheatstone Bridge
  12. Wire circuits, use lab equipment, test and troubleshoot circuits, make graphs, write lab reports, and perform computer simulations (Multisim) in lab for problem solving. They will begin to develop team skills by working in small teams
  13. Recognize alternating current, frequency, the oscilloscope, capacitors and inductors – in series, in parallel and in AC or DC circuits, and some important applications.

Required Materials:

Electrical Circuits Lab Manual
EMT 1150 Lab Kit
Phillips screwdriver
Extra .5A /250V fuses

Helpful Hints:

  1.  You may get assistance in the Tech Learning Center.
  2.  Students who are failing should consider officially withdrawing on or before the Withdrawal Date to avoid an F or WU grade.
  3. Study in groups. Studies have shown that students who study in this manner perform better in all of their classes. SO MAKE FRIENDS.
  4. Do your homework and seek help immediately for any difficulties that arise. Don’t wait until the night before the work is due.
  5. Don’t expect every concept to be crystal clear after a single reading.More than one reading of a section may be necessary.
  6. Work through the example problems step by step before trying the related problems.
  7. Review the chapter Summary and equation list. Take the multiple choices self-test.


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