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Introduction to Electric Circuits

Lab Manual

Ninth Edition

Herbert W. Jackson, Dale Temple, and Brian E. Kelly

Publication Date - May 2013

ISBN: 9780195438147

220 pages
11.0 x 8.5 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $65.95


This lab manual, created to accompany Introduction to Electric Circuits: Lab Manual, Ninth Edition (9780195438130), is suitable for introductory electric circuits courses offered through electrical technologist- and electrical technician-level programs.

The manual contains a collection of experiments chosen to cover the main topics taught in foundational courses in electrical theory. Experiments can all be done with inexpensive test equipment and circuit components. Each lab concludes with questions to test students' comprehension of the theoretical concepts illustrated by the experimental results. The manual is formatted to enable it to double as a workbook, which allows students to answer questions directly in the lab manual.


Increased Coverage of AC and DC Motors and Filters. The lab manual has been revised to illustrate the updated material in Introduction to Electric Circuits, Ninth Edition, including thirteen DC and fifteen AC experiments and a new lab on passive filters.

Designed for Students. Designed with students in mind, the text is spiral-bound for ease of use. It has been formatted in a way that allows students to use it as a workbook--including space to record experimental results and grids for graphing when necessary.

Accessible. Each lab contains clear objectives, a brief summary of the necessary concepts to understand the experiment being conducted, illustrated instructions for use of equipment (such as ammeters), detailed procedural instructions with tips to ensure that students complete labs smoothly and effectively, and questions that allow students to check their understanding of the key concepts being illustrated by each lab.

Instructor-Friendly. The manual includes a summary of all equipment and components required to run every lab in the book, allowing instructors to prepare their courses ahead of time.

About the Author(s)

Herbert W. Jackson published the first edition of Introduction to Electric Circuits in 1959. Known as "the father of the Ontario college system", Jackson taught electronics and electrical engineering technology for more than forty years. In addition to authoring Introduction to Electric Circuits--a text that would become the industry standard and shape curricula for years to follow--Jackson was a member of the Ontario Ministry of Education, where he oversaw the creation of the province's community colleges.

Dale Temple teaches electronics engineering technology at the College of the North Atlantic, where he has served as coordinator of the electronics program. Prior to working on Introduction to Electric Circuits, Temple contributed as a coauthor to the Canadian editions of Boylestad and Nashelsky's Electronic Devices and Theory and Tocci's Digital Systems: Principles and Applications.

Brian Kelly is formerly an instructor at the College of the North Atlantic, where, in addition to teaching, he served as coordinator for the introductory circuit analysis course.

Previous Publication Date(s)

July 2008

Table of Contents

    Equipment and Components List
    Experiment 1: Resistor Color Code and the Ohmmeter
    Experiment 2: Ohm's Law
    Experiment 3: Resistance in Series
    Experiment 4: Resistance in Parallel
    Experiment 5: Kirchhoff's Voltage and Current Laws
    Experiment 6: The Series-Parallel Circuit
    Experiment 7: The Voltage Divider
    Experiment 8: Power in DC Circuits and Maximum Power Transfer
    Experiment 9: Mesh Analysis
    Experiment 10: The Superposition Theorem
    Experiment 11: Thévenin's Theorem
    Experiment 12: The DC Ammeter and Voltmeter
    Experiment 13: Capacitor Charging and Discharging
    Experiment 14: Oscilloscope and Function Generator Operation
    Experiment 15: Oscilloscope Voltage and Frequency Measurements
    Experiment 16: Peak and RMS AC Voltages
    Experiment 17: Capacitive Reactance
    Experiment 18: Series and Parallel Capacitors
    Experiment 19: Series and Parallel Inductors
    Experiment 20: Inductive Reactance
    Experiment 21: The Series RL Circuit
    Experiment 22: The Series RC Circuit
    Experiment 23: Effect of Frequency Changes on a Reactive Circuit
    Experiment 24: The Series RLC Circuit
    Experiment 25: Resonance of a Series RLC Circuit
    Experiment 26: Quality Factor and Bandwidth of a Resonant Circuit
    Experiment 27: Passive Filters