Finding the Common Connection of an SPDT Switch

By Terry Bartelt

In this animated object, learners examine the procedure used to determine the types of terminals on a single-pole, double-throw switch.

Excel: Spreadsheet Hints

By Patrick Hoppe

Learners read how to create a spreadsheet to determine the voltage drop across a resistor in an AC circuit. The complex functions explained in other learning objects are used in this example.

The Transmission of Force in a Hydraulic System

In this animated object, students view a depiction of how force is transmitted by hydraulic cylinders and confined fluid.

PLC Sourcing Input Modules

In this interactive and animated object, learners study how to wire field devices to a PLC sourcing input module. A brief quiz completes the activity.

Integral Contol Mode Application

In this animated object, learners examine the operation of a robot using the integral control mode to overcome a steady state.

Industrial Control Classifications

In this animated object, learners examine automated manufacturing systems classified as motion control, batch process control, and continuous process control.

The Timing Functions of Optical Sensors

In this animated object, learners examine the switch settings for the on-delay, off-delay, and one-shot timing functions of an optical sensor. A brief quiz completes the activity.

Maximum Proximity Sensor Switching Speed

In this animated object, learners study what happens if the maximum switching speed of a proximity sensor is exceeded.

Time Proportioning Application

In this animated activity, students view the plastic pellets in a profile extrusion machine being melted as the temperature of the heating elements is elevated by a time proportioning control system.

Converting Numbers from Standard Form to Engineering Notation

By Ron Wallberg

Learners convert a number from standard form to engineering notation.

The Op Amp Integrator

By Terry Fleischman

The learner will understand the circuit configuration and operation of an integrator op amp.

Magnetics AC Power Generation

By Tim Tewalt, Patrick Hoppe

Learners examine an animation that shows how an AC voltage is produced as an armature rotates within a magnetic field. Ten review questions complete the learning object.

Parallel Circuit Analysis Practice Problems: Circuit #7

In this interactive object, learners solve for total resistance and current, the current through each resistor, the voltage across each resistor, and the power dissipated by each resistor.

Pneumatic Directional Control Valves (Screencast)

In this animated object, learners examine the operation of two-way, three-way, and four-way directional control valves used in pneumatic systems.

Boyle's Law (Screencast)

Learners apply the principles associated with Boyle’s Law.

Fahrenheit / Celsius Temperature Scales (Screencast)

Learners study the process of mathematically converting temperatures between the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales.

The Function Generator: Frequency Control

Learners read how to use the knobs and the output terminals of a Wavetek Model 25 function generator to obtain a waveform at a desired frequency.

The Mathematical Expression of an AC Sine Wave As a Function of Time: Practice Problems

Students view the mathematical expression of a sinusoidal waveform with respect to time (t) and solve five problems. The answers are provided so students may check their work.

Impedance: Parallel to Series Conversion

Students view the formulas to be used to convert a parallel impedance to a series impedance.

The Half-Wave Rectifier

In this animated learning object, students read about the operation of a half-wave rectifier.

LED Flashing Circuit

In this animated and interactive object, learners study how a DC circuit, consisting of a diac, a capacitor, and two resistors, causes a light-emitting diode to turn on and off. A brief quiz completes the activity.

Voltage Sources in Parallel

The effect of connecting voltage sources in parallel to increase amperage to a load is presented.

Parallel Circuit Analysis Practice Problems: Circuit #3

Series-Parallel Circuit Analysis Practice Problems: Circuit 3

In this interactive object, learners solve a series-parallel DC circuit analysis problem. Immediate step-by-step feedback is given.

PID Control (Screencast)

Learners examine an animated motion-controlled robotic arm and observe the operation of a PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) control that makes movements quickly without overshooting or having a steady-state error. This activity has audio content.