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Effective: Fall 2012

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: MATH 1B and PHYS 4B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
5 hours lecture. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will correctly identify the production, characteristics, applications, and voltage change methods of Direct Current and Alternating Current.
  • Students will correctly calculate quantities in DC and AC circuits containing resistive devices,capacitors, and inductors using Ohm?s and Watt?s Laws, Kirchoff?s Laws, and appropriate circuit analysis methods.
Description -
Analysis of lumped, linear circuits in steady state DC and AC. Principals and Laws are used such as Ohm's Law and Kirchhoff's Law, Thevenin's and Norton's Theorem. Method of analyze circuit also include Linearity, Superposition, Source Transformation, and Maximum Power Transfer. First and second order circuits' complete response, AC power and steady-state analysis, frequency and transient response and circuits using op-amps.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. apply basic laws - Ohm's Law and Kirchhoff's Law to resistive circuits.
  2. perform mesh and nodal analysis.
  3. apply circuit theorems including Thevenin's and Norton's Theorem.
  4. analyze linear circuits containing operational amplifiers.
  5. analyze first and second -order circuits.
  6. understand and able to use phasors for steady-state sinusoidal circuit analysis.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Rooms with computers for animation, simulation, projectors for lecturing.
  2. Computer programs for simulation, such as Pspice, Multisim, Workbench, etc.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Fundamental concepts, including the definitions of
    1. charge
    2. current
    3. voltage
    4. energy
    5. power
  2. Fundamental laws governing circuit behavior including those of
    1. Ohm's Law and
    2. Kirchhoff's Law
    3. Series and Parallel Resistive Circuit
    4. Voltage Division Theory
    5. Current Division Theory
    6. Delta-Wye transformations
  3. A treatment of source-resistor networks and methods of analysis:
    1. Nodal Analysis and Super Nodes
    2. Mesh Analysis and Super Mesh
  4. Systematic simultaneous equations, and their application to the solution of simple source-resistor networks with many nodes and meshes
  5. Network theorems:
    1. Thevenin's Theorem,
    2. Norton's Theorem;
    3. maximum power transfer, and
    4. Superposition
    5. Source Transformations
    6. Linearity
  6. Operational Amplifiers
    1. Practical Op Amps
    2. Ideal Op Amps
    3. Voltage Follower
    4. Non-inverting Amplifier
    5. Inverting Amplifier
    6. Differential Amplifier
  7. Fundamentals of energy storage elements, including current voltage and power relations
    1. Capacitors
    2. Inductors
    3. Series and Parallel Equivalents
    4. Integrators and Differentiators
  8. Linear, constant coefficient, differential equations, and solution by substitution, includes consideration of boundary conditions, natural and forced solutions
  9. Transient Response
    1. RC Circuits - Natural and Forced Response
    2. RL Circuits - Natural and Forced Response
    3. RC/RL Circuits - Step Response
    4. RLC Circuits - Natural and Forced Response
  10. Sinusoidal steady state network response
    1. Sinusoid
    2. Phasor Analysis includes frequency response of simple first and second order networks
    3. Impedance and Admittance
    4. Circuit Theories
      1. Kirchhoff's Laws
      2. Nodal Analysis
      3. Mesh Analysis
      4. Superposition Theorem
      5. Source Transformation
      6. Thevenin and Norton's Theorems
  11. Power in sinusoidal driven networks
    1. Average and RMS values,
    2. real and imaginary power components
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Midterm Exams
  2. Weekly Quizzes and/or problem sets
  3. Final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Irwin, J. David. Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis, 10th ed. Riverside, NJ: MacMillan Publishing Co., 2011.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Homework Problems: Homework problems covering subject matter from text and related material. Homework ranging from 20 to 30 problems per week. Students will need to employ critical thinking in order to complete assignments.
  2. Lecture: Five hours per week covering subject matter from text and related material. Reading and study of the textbook, related materials and notes.
  3. Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources. Roughly one chapter per week.