Goodheart, Clarence F. Formerly, Department of Electrical Engineering, Union College, Schenectady, New York.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Electric circuit theory
- Direct-current circuits
- Magnetic circuits
- Alternating-current circuits
- Nonsinusoidal waveforms
- Electric transients
- Series circuits
- Parallel circuits
- Series-parallel circuits
- Electric network
- Coupled circuits
- Open circuit
- Short circuit
- Integrated circuit
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
A general term referring to a system or part of a system of conducting parts and their interconnections through which electric currents are intended to flow. A circuit is made up of active and passive elements or parts and their interconnecting conducting paths. The active elements are the sources of electric energy for the circuit; they may be batteries, direct-current generators, or alternating-current generators. The passive elements are resistors, inductors, and capacitors. The electric circuit is described by a circuit diagram or map showing the active and passive elements and their connecting conducting paths.
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