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Electrical Engineering Fundamentals: AC Circuit Analysis

COURSE NO: E10-001
Electrical Engineering Fundamentals: AC Circuit Analysis
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces the single phase AC, differences between AC and DC, AC applications, complex math based representation of AC circuits and associated circuit analysis in a simple, easy to understand, format. You will be introduced to the concept of power in the DC and AC realms, as well as, a comparison of DC and AC power. You will be provided with examples of power in practical applications and associated computations.


You will also be provided with an explanation of the concept of power factor on the basis of vectors, voltage and current graphs, power and apparent power. You will understand the impact of power factor on overall power quality, energy productivity, energy cost, mean time between failures and the kVA demand.


This 10 PDH online course is applicable to engineers of all disciplines, as well as technicians, facilities managers and executives who are not intimately familiar with electrical engineering principles and practices.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the fundamentals of alternating current (AC)
  • Understanding the distinction between DC and AC electricity through graphical representation
  • Understanding the significance of average value of AC and transformation of AC to DC
  • Understanding of DC and application of DC in electro-deposition process
  • Knowing how polar and rectangular formats are used to represent alternating current, alternating voltage, impedance and power
  • Learning about isolation transformers, autotransformers, voltage regulating transformers, current transformers, the distinction between ideal transformers, real transformers, single phase transformers, and three phase transformers
  • Understanding of four transformer configurations of three phase transformers and their applications
  • Familiarization with AC power, DC Power, single phase and three phase power
  • Learning how to compute electrical power and energy required to move mass
  • Learning how to compute power factor
  • Understanding of leading and lagging power factors and respective corrective measures
  • Learning how to perform economic analysis associated with power correction measures
  • Understanding the role of frequency in power factor correction and Automatic Switching PF Correcting Capacitor Systems
  • Learning how to assess flow of power and energy from "steam to wire" and "water to wire"
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Electrical Engineering Fundamentals: AC Circuit Analysis" which is based on the principles in the book Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineers, S. Bobby Rauf, Fairmont Press, 2013.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Electrical Engineering Fundamentals: AC Circuit Analysis (3.0 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifty (50) questions to earn 10 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire course document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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