I stole some ideas from this post from Questions on rubrics. The comments are really rich too — worth reading.
AC Circuits  1  2  3  4  5  
Skills for Learning  1.  Find the main ideas and their relationships in a textbook section  
2.  Show the relationship between written descriptions, electrical calculations, schematic symbols, and graphs  
Background  3.  Use algebra to prove a point  
4.  Use technical writing to prove a point  
5.  Solve phasors  
6.  Use decibels to prove a point  
7.  Use MultiSim to check your work  
8.  What happens when you use superposition with AC?  
Meter  9.  Interpret a multimeter DC measurement  
10.  Interpret a multimeter AC measurement  
Oscilloscope  11.  Set up an oscilloscope  
12.  Measure frequency on an oscilloscope  
13.  Interpret an ACcoupled oscilloscope measurement  
14.  Interpret a DCcoupled oscilloscope measurement  
15.  Use two scope probes at the same time  
16.  Use the “difference” function on the scope  
Meas’ment  17.  Interpret an electrical measurement taken at one point in time  
18.  Interpret an electrical measurement taken across a span of time  
Inductors  19.  Is it safe to use this inductor in this circuit?  
20.  Is this inductor damaged?  
21.  What will happen in a DC inductor circuit?  
22.  What will happen in an AC inductor circuit?  
23.  What will happen in a DC resistorinductor (RL) circuit?  
24.  What will happen in an AC resistorinductor (RL) circuit?  
Transformers  25.  Is it safe to use this transformer in this circuit?  
26.  Is this transformer damaged?  
27.  What will happen in a DC transformer circuit?  
28.  What will happen in an AC transformer circuit?  
Capacitors  29.  Is it safe to use this capacitor in this circuit?  
30.  Is this capacitor damaged?  
31.  What will happen in a DC capacitor circuit?  
32.  What will happen in an AC capacitor circuit?  
33.  What will happen in a DC resistorcapacitor (RC) circuit?  
34.  What will happen in an AC resistorcapacitor (RC) circuit?  
Suprpos  35.  What will happen in an RC or RL circuit if we use AC and DC at the same time?


Troublehooting  36.  Take measurements to prove or disprove your predictions about a DC circuit  
37.  Take measurements to prove or disprove your predictions about an AC circuit  
38.  Use your measurements and predictions to fix a circuit problem  
Filters  39.  Can a circuit act as a filter? If so which kind?  
40.  Find the critical frequencies of a circuit  
41.  Graph a Bode plot  
42.  Does a circuit need a filter? What kind or why not?  
RLC  43.  What will happen in a DC resistorinductorcapacitor (RLC) circuit?  
44.  What will happen in an AC resistorinductorcapacitor (RLC) circuit?  
Resonance  45.  What is a parallel resonant circuit used for?  
46.  What is a series resonant circuit used for?  
47.  Find the resonant frequency of a circuit  
48.  What is resonance? 
Score  Means:  
1  Understands something about the idea  Starting  
2  Understands everything about the idea except for that one conceptual error  Hm  
3  Understands the idea, has trouble applying it  Almost  
4  Understands and can apply the idea to a familiar problem  Good  
5  Understands and can apply the idea to a new kind of problem, or combine with other skills in a new way  Wow!  
Circuit Prediction Check Do you know what happens to 

Voltage ?  
Current?  
Resistance/Impedance?  
Frequency?  
Power?  
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