MET230 Electrical Principles

This hands-on and theory course introduces electrical principles to Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Facility Management Technology students. Emphasis will be on power systems that utilize alternating current. Course topics include resistive and R-L-C series and parallel circuits, instrumentation, single and three-phase circuits that contain motors, transformers, starters and low voltage controls, and an overview of electronic applications to mechanical systems. Electrical logic (ladder) diagrams will be stressed throughout the semester. Laboratory assignments will reinforce the topics covered by theory through relevant experiments performed by the student and will include the writing of laboratory reports. Prerequisite(s): MTH 130 and PHY 136 Corequisite(s): MET 230L Credits: 3 (2,2)

Topics covered:

  • Ohm’s and Power Laws for Resistive Circuits
  • Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law – Series Circuits
  • Kirchhoff’s Current Law – Parallel Circuits
  • Alternating Current
  • Three-Phase Power
  • Transformer Basics
  • Phase Differences in the Presence of Resistors, Capacitors and Inductors
  • RL, RC and RLC Series Circuits
  • Power Factor Correction