This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated by the authors to reflect the latest information on electronics. Understanding AC Circuits is designed with the electronics beginner and student in mind. The authors use a practical approach exposing the reader to the systems that are built with AC circuits making it easy for beginners to master even complex concepts in electronics while gradually building their knowledge base of both theory and applications. Each chapter includes easy-to-read text accompanied by clear and concise graphics fully explaining each concept before moving onto the next.
The authors have provided section quizzes and chapter tests so the readers can monitor their progress and review any sections before moving onto the next chapter. Each chapter also includes several electronics experiments, allowing the reader to build small circuits and low-cost projects for the added bonus of hands-on experience in AC electronics.
Understanding AC Circuits fully covers dozens of topics including single-phase and three-phase AC electronics; electrical generator basics; how to use a multimeter and oscilloscope in AC electronics; troubleshooting and testing circuits; tools and equipment; resistive circuits; inductive circuits; capacitive circuits; vector diagrams; series circuits; transformers; filter circuits; resonant circuits; decibels; wave-shaping control; electronic symbols; soldering techniques; plus much more.
About the Book
This book deals with alternating current AC circuits and a brief introduction to electronics. This book is divided into seven modules. Module 1 covers the theory of AC signals. Since the first e-book uses only a DC power source, the details of AC signals such as sine (or sine), square, and triangle waves are provided. Module 2, titled AC Circuits Math Background, deals with the mathematics needed to solve AC circuit problems. The background from Modules 1 and 2 is combined in Module 3 to solve AC source circuits (RLC circuits) with resistors, inductors, and capacitors.
The circuits in this eBook were created using an easy-to-use circuit drawing and simulation tool called Multisim. Creating new circuits and simulating them to verify that the calculations are correct is a good way to hone your circuit analysis skills. This book explains how to verify the results of calculations in Multisim, allowing the reader to verify results while creating more complex problems.
This is extremely important because complex algebraic calculations are very tedious in AC circuits, and students learning problem-solving techniques frequently make mistakes. The DC Circuits eBook made extensive use of DC probes and multi meters, but this eBook uses AC probes and MultiSim oscilloscopes are also used to make more complex AC measurements.