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Matter, Energy and Electricity

COURSE NO: E04-003
Matter, Energy and Electricity
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces the basic concepts and fundamentals behind electricity. Have you ever wondered about all the material or matter around us? What is it? Is there any universal explanation for its appearance, properties, and behavior?


One theory that explained some of the properties of matter was the molecular theory of matter, which states that matter consists of small molecules in motion. This theory provides an explanation of many characteristics of matter, including how heat works and why materials change from solid to liquid to gas. This was followed by the atomic theory of matter, which states that matter consists of atoms made of protons, neutrons and electrons. Matter is closely associated with energy, and the electricity is a form of energy that comes from the movement of electrons among the atoms of the matter (conductor).


This 4 PDH online course is applicable to electrical engineers, design and construction personnel, technical staff and facility personnel who are interested in gaining a better understanding of matter, energy and electricity.

Learning Objectives

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

  • State the meanings of matter, element, atom and energy
  • Describe the relationship between matter, energy and electricity
  • List the differences between a conductor, an insulator, and a semiconductor
  • State the definition of static electricity and explain how it is generated
  • State the meanings of retentivity, reluctance, permeability and ferromagnetism
  • List the characteristics of magnetic lines of force (magnetic flux
  • State how a difference of potential (a voltage or an electromotive force) can exist
  • List six methods for producing a voltage (emf)
  • State the meanings of electron current and indicate the direction that an electric current flows
  • State the relationship of current to voltage
  • State the definitions of resistance and conductance
  • Describe how the temperature, length and cross-sectional area of a conductor affect its resistance and conductance values
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 1 of Module 1 titled "Matter, Energy and Electricity" of the Naval Education and Training Materials (NAVEDTRA 14173), Electricity and Electronic Training Series. 

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Matter, Energy and Electricity (1.8 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 1 of Module 1 of this NAVEDTRA publication.


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

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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