Catalog Entry (2012-2013):

2130 Electrical Circuits I(4) Electrical circuit theory, Kirchoff's and Ohm's laws, circuit analysis theorems, Norton and Thevenin equivalence. The analysis of resistor circuits, with capacitors and inductors, in DC and AC steady state. Transients and variable frequency response are studied, including computer solutions to circuit problems. Prereq: CEEN 1030 and 2250. MATH 2350 prior to or concurrent.


Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis, 7th edition. J. David Irwin, Wiley

Class/Laboratory Schedule:

Two 75-minute lectures each week.

Course Outcomes:

  1. The student understands the basic concepts of electrical quantities [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  2. The student understands basic circuit elements (resistors, sources) and their current vs. voltage characteristics [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  3. The student understands basic energy storage elements (capacitor and inductor) and their current vs. voltage characteristics [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  4. The student understands op-amp models and the ideal op-amp assumptions [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  5. The student understands the concepts of input/output resistance and equivalent circuits [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  6. The student is able to apply the basic laws of circuit analysis, namely Ohm's law and Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  7. The student can apply simultaneous linear equation techniques to the analysis of linear dc circuits [CENG(5)][EENG(5)] High
  8. The student is able to analyze linear circuits using nodal, loop, Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuit methods [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  9. The student can perform dc power analysis and determine the condition for maximum power transfer [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  10. The student is able to apply complex phasor techniques to the analysis of sinusoidal steady-state ac circuits. [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  11. The student is able to analyze first- and second-order RLC transient circuits [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  12. The student can analyze simple op-amp circuits with resistive and energy storage elements [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  13. The student is able to analyze simple diode and transistor circuits with first-order dc models. [CENG(9a)][EENG(9a)] High
  14. The student can apply analytical and computational techniques, including computer simulation programs for the design, analysis and verification of electrical circuits [CENG(4, 9af)][EENG(4, 9af)] Med
  15. The student is able to work productively with others toward the successful completion of group assignments. [CENG(10)][EENG(10)] High
  16. The student is able to develop individual problem solution methods and present these methods to members of the assignment team. [CENG(10)][EENG(10)] Med

Course Topics:

  1. Basic concepts of electrical quantities and electrical sources. 1 week
  2. Fundamental techniques of circuits analysis 2 weeks
    • Ohm's law and Kirchhoff's laws.
    • Simple resistive circuits: series and parallel combinations, single loop and single node-pair, wye-delta transformation.
    • Nodal and loop analysis, op-amp circuits.
  3. Additional analysis techniques 2 weeks
    • Linearity and superposition.
    • Source transformation; Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits; power transfer.
  4. Circuits with energy storage elements: capacitor and inductor. 1 week
  5. Sinusoidal steady-state analysis 3 weeks
  6. Diodes and transistor first-order models 1 week
  7. First-order transient analysis of RL and RC circuits. 2 weeks
  8. Second-order transient analysis of RLC circuits. 2 weeks
  9. Exams 1 week

The Reason this Course is in the Program:

Electrical circuits are the basis of electrical, electronics and computer devices and systems. This course introduces the students to the fundamentals of electrical circuit analysis. Basic theorems and methods for the analysis of linear electrical circuits that are applicable to follow-on CEEN courses in circuits, electronics, digital and communications systems are investigated and applied.

Prepared by:

Herbert Detloff - October 11, 2003