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Lab Manual for Introductory Circuit Analysis

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  • Edition: 13th
  • Format: Lab Manual
  • Copyright: 2015-07-09
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The primary objectives of this revision of the laboratory manual include insuring that the procedures are clear, that the results clearly support the theory, and that the laboratory experience results in a level of confidence in the use of the testing equipment commonly found in the industrial environment.


For those curriculums devoted to a dc analysis one semester and an ac analysis the following semester there are more experiments for each subject than can be covered in a single semester. The result is the opportunity to pick and choose those experiments that are more closely related to the curriculum of the college or university. All of the experiments have been run and tested during the 13 editions of the text with changes made as needed. The result is a set of laboratory experiments that should have each step clearly defined and results that closely match the theoretical solutions.


Two experiments were added to the ac section to provide the opportunity to make measurements that were not included in the original set. Developed by Professor David Krispinsky of Rochester Institute of Technology they match the same format of the current laboratory experiments and cover the material clearly and concisely. All the experiments are designed to be completed in a two or three hour laboratory session. In most cases, the write-up is work to be completed between laboratory sessions. Most institutions begin the laboratory session with a brief introduction to the theory to be substantiated and the use of any new equipment to be used in the session.

Author Biography

Robert Boylestad is a best selling author/teacher who writes a wide variety of textbooks.

Table of Contents

dc Experiments

1 Math Review and Calculator Fundamentals dc 1

2 Resistors and the Color Code 21

3 Ohm’s Law 31

4 Series Resistance 45

5 Series dc Circuits 59

6 Parallel Resistance 69

7 Parallel dc Circuits 81

8 Rheostats and Potentiometers 93

9 Series-Parallel dc Circuits 107

10 Power Ratings of Resistors 121

11 Superposition Theorem (dc) 129

12 Thevenin’s Theorem and Maximum Power Transfer 141

13 Norton’s Theorem and Current Sources 155

14 Methods of Analysis 167

15 Capacitors 179

16 R-C Circuits, Transient Response 189

17 R-L and R-L-C Circuits with a dc Source Voltage 201

18 Design of a dc Ammeter and Voltmeter and Meter Loading Effects 213

19 Wheatstone Bridge and -Y Conversions 223

20 Ohmmeter Circuits 233


ac Experiments

1 Math Review and Calculator Fundamentals ac 243

2 The Oscilloscope 259

4 R-L-C Components 285

5 Frequency Response of R, L, and C Components 299

6 Frequency Response of the Series R-L Network 311

7 Frequency Response of the Series R-C Network 325

8 The Oscilloscope and Phase Measurements 337

9 Series Sinusoidal Circuits 353

10 Parallel Sinusoidal Circuits 367

11 Series-Parallel Sinusoidal Circuits 385

12 Superposition Theorem (ac) 403

13 Thevenin’s Theorem and Maximum Power Transfer 411

14 Series Resonant Circuits 425

15 Parallel Resonant Circuits 441

16 Power Factor and Power Factor Correction 457

18 Investigating the Responses of a Cross-over Network 483

19 The Transformer 493

20 Pulse Waveforms 503

21 Currents and Voltages in Balanced Three-Phase Systems 521

22 Power Measurements in Three-Phase Systems 533


Parts List for the Experiments 549


I Resistor Color Coding 553

II Capacitor Color Coding 555

III Resistance Measurements (VOM) 556

IV Proper Use of the VOM Multimeter 557

V Scientific Notation and Trigonometric Identities 558



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