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AC Electrical Circuit Analysis: A Practical Approach + Lab Manual


An essential and practical text for both students and teachers of AC electrical circuit analysis, this text picks up where the companion DC electric circuit analysis text leaves off. Beginning with basic sinusoidal functions, ten chapters cover topics including series, parallel, and series-parallel RLC circuits. Numerous theorems and analysis techniques are examined including superposition, Thévenin’s theorem, nodal and mesh analysis, maximum power transfer and more. Other important topics include AC power, resonance, Bode plots and an introduction to three-phase systems. Each chapter begins with a set of chapter objectives and includes a summary and review questions. A total of over 500 end-of-chapter exercises are included. Each chapter features a set of practical exercises focused on specific kinds of circuit problems such as Analysis, Design, Challenge and Computer Simulation. An Appendix offers the answers to selected odd-numbered exercises, formula derivations and other practical information.

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Chapter 1: Fundamentals
1.0 Chapter Objectives
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Sinusoidal Waveforms
1.3 Basic Fourier Analysis
1.4 Complex Numbers
1.5 Reactance and Impedance
1.6 Phasor Diagrams
Chapter 2: Series RLC Circuits
2.0 Chapter Objectives
2.1 Introduction
2.2 The Series Connection
2.3 Series Impedance
2.4 Series Circuit Analysis
2.5 Concerning Practical Inductors
Chapter 3: Parallel RLC Circuits
3.0 Chapter Objectives
3.1 Introduction
3.2 The Parallel Connection
3.3 Parallel Impedance
3.4 Parallel Circuit Analysis
Chapter 4: Series-Parallel RLC Circuits
4.0 Chapter Objectives
4.1 Introduction
4.3 The Series-Parallel Connection
4.4 Series-Parallel Impedance
4.5 Series-Parallel Circuit Analysis
Chapter 5: Analysis Theorems and Techniques
5.0 Chapter Objectives
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Source Conversions
5.3 Superposition Theorem
5.4 Thévenin’s and Norton’s Theorems
5.5 Maximum Power Transfer Theorem
5.6 Delta-Y (Pi-T) Conversions
Chapter 6: Nodal and Mesh Analysis
6.0 Chapter Objectives
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Nodal Analysis
6.3 Mesh Analysis
6.4 Dependent Sources
Chapter 7: AC Power
7.0 Chapter Objectives
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Power Waveforms
7.3 Power Triangle
7.4 Power Systems
Chapter 8: Resonance
8.0 Chapter Objectives
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Series Resonance
8.3 Parallel Resonance
Chapter 9: Polyphase Power
9.0 Chapter Objectives
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Polyphase Definition
9.3 Three-Phase Connections
9.4 Power Factor Correction
Chapter 10: Decibels and Bode Plots
10.0 Chapter Objectives
10.1 Introduction
10.2 The Decibel
10.3 Bode Plots
10.4 Combining the Elements – Multi-Stage Effects
A: Standard Component Sizes
B: Methods of Solution of Linear Simultaneous Equations
C: Equation Proofs
D: Answers to Selected Odd-Numbered Problems
E: Questions for Selected Odd Answers

James Fiore

James Fiore is a professor of Electrical Engineering Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY. He has over 35 years of teaching and course development experience in ABET accredited electrical engineering technology programs. He is the author of several OER texts and laboratory manuals along with dozens of articles in trade journals and technical magazines covering the areas of electronic design, programming and electronic music production. Professor Fiore is a recipient of the 2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, the 2014 MVCC Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and the 2013 MVCC Aeries Award for community service. He is an advocate for OER and author/artist rights. Professor Fiore maintains web pages at the MVCC web site that include links to the latest versions of all of his OER titles in both pdf and odt formats at

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