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AC Fundamentals - Electrician

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  • 2 Credits
  • 04/30/2013 to 01/01/2075
  • Modified 06/30/2022


A practical approach to calculations of alternating current circuit quantities that an electrician may be required to use in the electrical trade. Impedance and power relationships will be explored for both single and three-phase circuits. (F, Sp)


Prerequisite Courses: Minimum 2.0 in (ELTE 110 or ELTE 108) and (minimum 2.5 in (ELTA 106 or MATH 114 or Math Level 5)
Placement Scores: Reading Level 4 and Writing Level 2

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Solve series, parallel and combination dc circuit problems for current, voltage, resistance and power.
  2. Solve parallel RL, RC and RLC problems for current, voltage, impedance, and power relationships (apparent, real and reactive). 
  3. Use right angle trigonometry to determine phase angle and power factor.
  4. Calculate the size a capacitor to correct the power factor for a given load.
  5. Identify and/or calculate line and phase voltages and currents for wye and delta three phase power systems.
  6. Solve power relationships for three phase loads.  Given 2 of the following, determine the other quantities:  apparent power (VA), real power (W), reactive power (VAR), phase angle and power factor.


Other Materials/Resources

Additional handouts provided by section instructor

Tools, Equipment or Apparel (Required of the Student)

Safety glasses
Scientific calculator


Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 15-25%


Class Participation 0-15%
Final Exam 25-40%
Projects 15-25%

Lab reports

Quizzes 25-30%


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation


Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.

Institutional Policies

Academic Success Coaches (ASC)

Student success is our first goal.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  Faculty or staff may refer you to an ASC for help if you are not doing well in a class. Please watch your LCC email for a referral.

We also suggest you contact an ASC on your own if you need help or advice to reach your goals.  

To contact an ASC, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class should contact the Center for Student Access (CSA). They are located in the Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support.  You can also access the Center for Student Access website, or call (517) 483-5323.  Contacting the Center early helps ensure that accommodations are put in place as soon as possible.

Enrollment Verification

Instructors will verify participation in a course by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer. Students who have not participated will be dropped from the course and may be responsible for any non-refundable fees.

Nondiscrimination Statement

LCC provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the College.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that supports honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community.  The College has established procedures for reporting and addressing alleged violations.                 

Students must follow the Student Code of Conduct and the General Rules and Guidelines. Also, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.


For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students to search how courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

Students interested in transfer should contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping LCC safe.  Anyone who enters campus must follow the safety measures outlined on the Keeping LCC Safe webpage. Reports of noncompliance with current work safety rules and public health orders will be sent to the Student Compliance Office for action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them.  Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

College Catalog

For rules and procedures on matters such as Academic Calendar, Withdrawals, Incompletes, Appeals, etc., please review the College Catalog, and contact your Academic Advisor or Academic Success Coach.

Additional Items

Course Practices

Students are expected to submit all assignments and take all quizzes according to the Schedule (or make other arrangements well in advance of the Scheduled due date). Failure to do so may result in academic penalty or withdrawal from the class. Missing a scheduled activity for any reason, including illness or late registration, in no way relieves the student of the responsibility for completing all work in the course to the satisfaction of the instructor according to the approved Schedule. The student is responsible for taking tests at the approved time and place and for submitting assignments on time. Students must notify the instructor of any reasons for missing a due date and submit a new schedule of due dates for instructor's approval. If a student misses any due dates for activities, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor.
Students in On-Campus sections should attend class regularly.   For On-Line students, though there are no scheduled class sessions, students are expected to check e-mail, Angel course sites, bulletin boards and/or other web sites on a regular basis, as indicated by the instructor. All students should be able to access the internet and e-mail at least 3 times a week, and preferably daily. If the student must be off-line or miss class for more than a week, he or she should contact the instructor. Even when the instructor is notified of time away from Internet access, this in no way relieves the student of the responsibility for completing all work in the course to the satisfaction of the instructor. When the student cannot respond to e-mail or otherwise attend class or participate in class exercises due to illness or extenuating reasons which the student feels appropriate, the student has the responsibility to notify the instructor. This can be done by sending e-mail or calling the department office. If continued attendance is not possible, it is the student’s responsibility to drop the course within the dates and conditions defined in the schedule book in order to receive a withdrawal "W" rather than a "0" grade.