BASIC ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING TERMINOLOGY
AC/DC – Alternating Current / Direct ASTM – American Society for Testing and
AM/FM – Amplitude Modulation/ IEEE – Institute of Electrical and
Frequency Modulation Electronics Engineers
ISDN – Integrated Services Digital Network CAT – Computer Aided/Assisted
DSL – Digital Subscriber Line IEE – Institution of Electrical Engineers
ČSN – Czech Standards Institute EMF – Electro Magnetic Field
DIN – German Institute of Norms CRT – Cathode Ray Tube
RF – Radio Frequency
V – Volt A – Amp Hz – Frequency
– Ohm I – Current Hz – Hertz (1/sec)
Transistor Diode Socket
Resistor Cathode Antennae
Capacitor Anode Antenna
Ground Plug Semiconductor
Circuit Board Switch Robot
Caliper Oscilloscope Wire Connectors
Micrometer Heat Gun Wire Cutters
Voltmeter Soldering Iron Wire Crimpers
Ohmmeter Solder Wire Strippers
Optical Cable Wiring Stranded
Cable Gauge Type
Wire Solid Insulation
Electricity Electrician Electrocution
Electrical Engineering Electrical Electric
In wiring and cabling, the classification, type, gauge, length insulation and number of
wires are considered. Someone might say give me 3 meters of Type 2, 4-wire, 16-gauge stranded
and insulated (normally for specific purposes) cable.
1. In your opinion, what basic terms/categories are missing?
2. Why do you think they are basic terms?
3. Draw the international symbols for a Transistor, Resistor (US and European), Capacitor,
Ground, & Switch.