This unit of study aims to provide a basic understanding in the two broad areas of electrical fundamentals and statics. The following topics are covered in two parts:
Part A - Electrical Fundamentals: Part A begins with an introduction on Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws. Series and parallel resistor circuits are analysed and their equivalent resistive circuits are developed. DC sources are studied. Part B examines the analysis of single and multiple loop circuits as well as voltage dividers. The Nodal Voltage method, the Principle of Superposition, Thevenin’s Theorem, and equivalent circuits will be emphasised. Part A concludes with a discussion on AC circuits, household applications, diodes and voltage amplification in electrical networks.
Part B - Statics: Part B introduces the concept of force, resultants and components, levers and moments. Free body diagrams, 2D and 3D statical equilibrium concepts are covered. Part B further explores the analysis of pin jointed trusses, statically determinate beams/shafts including loads, reactions and internal forces.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
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This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):