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Basic Concepts of Electricity

Length: 50 minutes
Subscription: 1 month - 12 months
Cost: $69 - $89
Prerequisites: None

This Basic Concepts of Electricity Online Course explains the basic characteristics of electricity and electric circuits, the numerous qualitative and quantitative terms used to describe electricity, and answers questions like ‘what is electricity?’ in the most basic way. This module is also included in the Electric System Fundamentals learning path.

What you will learn:

  • How electricity works and the useful forms of energy produced from the flow of electricity
  • The difference between AC and DC power
  • The terms used to measure various characteristics of energy (voltage, current, resistance, and power)
  • The basic relationships between voltage, current, resistance, power, and power factor
  • Key laws that determine electric behavior (including Ohm’s Law and Watt’s Law) and how they are used
  • What an electrical circuit is and the key components that comprise it

Following is a more detailed outline of content contained in the Basic Concepts of Electricity online course.

Course content:

  • What is electricity?
  • Direct current (DC)
  • Alternating current (AC)
  • Conductors
  • Insulators
  • Electrical terms and units (voltage, current/amps, resistance/ohms, frequency/hertz, real power/watts, apparent power/volt-amps, reactive power/volt-amps reactive, power factor)
  • Resistive, inductive and capacitive loads
  • Energy (kWh, MWh) and Demand (kW, MW)
  • Watt’s Law
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Circuits and circuit components (source, path, load, control devices, and protective devices)
  • Overview of the electric delivery system
  • Other basic electricity concepts as they apply to the physical electrical system

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