Oct 01, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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AE 2150 - Fundamentals of Electricity and Circuits

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course presents fundamental principles of electrical circuits and power systems that are used in commercial building projects.  Power and energy will be discussed as well as electrical components such as capacitors, inductors, motors, and lighting systems.  Topics will be related to building power distribution and lighting systems in a commercial building. (prereq: MA 137 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the difference between series and parallel circuits
  • Calculate Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s laws
  • Perform nodal and mesh analysis
  • Understand Thevenin’s and Norton’s theorems
  • Describe the function of inductors, capacitors, motors and lighting
  • Understand how circuits, current and voltage work
  • Understand the basics of building power distribution and the electrical service

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Calculus

Course Topics
  • Circuits, current and voltage
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Ohm’s law
  • Kirchhoff’s current law
  • Kirchhoff’s voltage law
  • Power and engergy
  • Notal analysis
  • Mesh analysis
  • Superposition
  • Thevenin’s theorem
  • Norton’s theorem
  • Maximum power transfer
  • Capacitors
  • Inductors
  • Phasors
  • RMS value
  • Complex power
  • AC generation and sources
  • Building electrical service
  • Building power distribution 
  • Building electrial motors and lighting

Christine Brotz

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