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EGN6.   Introduction to Circuit Analysis (4)
Prerequisite: PHY-4B: Electricity and Magnetism with a grade of "C" or better.
Corequisite: MAT 5: Differential Equations.
Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
Lecture: MWF 10:00 – 10:50AM, N11
Lab: F 2:00 – 4:50PM, N8
SI: M,W 5:30pm, Annie O
Semesters offered: Spring 2014
Instructor: Dr. Melissa Hornstein
Syllabus
Textbook:
Nilsson/Riedel Electric Circuits (9th ed)
An introduction to basic circuit laws and network theorems, analysis of various types of DC and AC circuits, purely resistive networks, RL, RC, and RLC circuits, and solid-state devices. Examines network theorems, mesh and nodal analysis, superposition, phasors, complex frequency concepts, the characteristics of operational amplifiers and computer circuit analysis. Laboratory component introduces the instruments and experimental techniques of electrical circuits and provides experiences with the theoretical concepts of the course. Students also use software to simulate and design circuits.

Electric circuit

Week Date Class material* Homework** (due next class/lab period) Solutions
1 Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Introduction to Circuit Analysis
  • Acquire a copy of the textbook.
  • Acquire a lab binder.
  • Update email address on PAWS.
  • Optional: sign up for Hartnell College Emergency Alerts.
  • Read lab 1 in advance of the lab. (You will receive the hardcopy on Friday.)
Friday, January 24, 2014 Chapter 1: Circuit Variables
  • 1.1: Electrical Engineering: An Overview
  • 1.2: The International System of Units
  • 1.3: Circuit Analysis: An Overview
  • 1.4: Voltage and Current
  • 1.5: The Ideal Basic Circuit Element
  • 1.6: Power and Energy
  • Read chapter 1.
  • Do problems 1.17-1.30.
Friday, January 24, 2014 Lab 1: Introduction to Lab Equipment
  • Do theoretical calculations for the lab report (in your lab binder): B2, C5, C6, D3.
  • Answer postlab #1 questions (in your lab binder).
  • You may wish to use the function generator manual for your postlab, which can be found here.
2 Monday, January 27, 2014 Chapter 2: Circuit Elements
  • 2.1: Voltage and Current Sources
  • 2.2: Electrical Resistance (Ohm’s Law)
  • 2.3: Construction of a Circuit Model
  • Read chapter 2.1-2.3.
  • Do problems (Section 2.1) 2.1-2.9.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Chapter 2: Circuit Elements
  • 2.4: Kirchhoff’s Laws
  • Read chapter 2.4.
  • Do problems (Section 2.4) 2.18-2.26.
Friday, January 31, 2014 Quiz
Chapter 2: Circuit Elements
  • 2.5: Analysis of a Circuit Containing Dependent Sources
  • Read chapter 2.5.
  • Do problems (Section 2.5) 2.27-2.30.
  • Read lab 2 in advance of the lab and do any theoretical calculations that you can in advance (e.g. A5, B1, B2).
Friday, January 31, 2014 Lab 2: Resistance Measurements and Introduction to Spice
  • Download B2Spice v4 Lite onto your PC.
  • Do theoretical calculations for the lab report (in your lab binder).
  • Answer postlab #2 questions (in your lab binder).
3 Monday, February 3, 2014 Chapter 3: Simple Resistive Circuits
  • 3.1: Resistors in Series
  • 3.2: Resistors in Parallel
  • Read chapter 3.1-3.2.
  • Do problems (Sections 3.1-3.2) 3.1-3.7
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Take-home Quiz
Chapter 3: Simple Resistive Circuits
  • 3.3: The Voltage-Divider and Current-Divider Circuits
  • 3.4: Voltage Division and Current Division
  • Read chapter 3.3-3.4.
  • Do problems (Sections 3.3-3.4) 3.10, 3.11, 3.14, 3.15, 3.18, 3.19, 3.25-3.30
Friday, February 7, 2014 No class – Lincoln’s Day
Friday, February 7, 2014 No lab – Lincoln’s Day
4 Monday, February 10, 2014 Chapter 3: Simple Resistive Circuits
  • 3.5: Measuring Voltage and Current
  • 3.6: Measuring Resistance – The Wheatstone Bridge (see lab 4)
  • 3.7: Delta-to-Wye (Pi-to-Tee) Equivalent Circuits
  • Read chapter 3.5-3.7.
  • Do problems (Section 3.5) 3.33
  • Do problems (Sections 3.6-3.7) 3.53-3.60
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Chapter 3: Simple Resistive Circuits
  • 3.7: Delta-to-Wye (Pi-to-Tee) Equivalent Circuits
Chapter 4: Techniques of Circuit Analysis
  • 4.1: Terminology
  • Read lab 3 and do any theoretical calculations that you can in advance (e.g. A13, B3, B6, B9, C1).
  • Read chapter 4.1.
  • Do problems (Section 4.1) 4.2-4.3
Friday, February 14, 2014 Quiz
Chapter 4: Techniques of Circuit Analysis
  • 4.1: Terminology
  • 4.2: Introduction to the Node-Voltage Method
  • Read chapter 4.1-4.2.
  • Do problems (Section 4.2) 4.6-4.15
Friday, February 14, 2014 Lab 3: Current and Voltage Divider Applications
  • Do postlab #3 (A8, A14, A15, C5) (in your lab binder).
5 Monday, February 17, 2014 No class – President’s Day
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Chapter 4: Techniques of Circuit Analysis
  • 4.2: Introduction to the Node-Voltage Method
  • Read chapter 4.2.
  • Do problems (Section 4.2) 4.6-4.15
  • Read lab 4 and do any theoretical calculations that you can in advance.
Friday, February 21, 2014 Quiz
Chapter 4: Techniques of Circuit Analysis
  • 4.3: The Node-Voltage Method and Dependent Sources
  • 4.4: The Node-Voltage Method: Some Special Cases
  • Read chapter 4.3-4.4.
  • Do problems (Section 4.3) 4.17-4.20
  • Do problems (Section 4.4) 4.21-4.29
Friday, February 21, 2014 Lab 4: Wheatstone Bridge and Voltage Comparators
  • Do postlab (A7, B10) (in your lab binder).
6 Monday, February 24, 2014 Chapter 4: Techniques of Circuit Analysis
  • 4.4: The Node-Voltage Method: Some Special Cases
  • 4.5: Introduction to the Mesh-Current Method
  • Read chapter 4.4-4.5.
  • Do problems (Section 4.4) 4.21-4.29
  • Do problems (Section 4.5) 4.31-4.36
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Chapter 4: Techniques of Circuit Analysis
  • 4.6: The Mesh-Current Method and Dependent Sources
  • 4.7: The Mesh-Current Method: Some Special Cases
  • Read chapter 4.6-4.7.
  • Do problems (Section 4.6) 4.37-4.40
  • Do problems (Section 4.7) 4.41-4.51
  • Read lab 7 and do any theoretical calculations that you can in advance.
Friday, February 28, 2014 Quiz
Chapter 4: Techniques of Circuit Analysis
  • 4.8: The Node-Voltage Method Versus the Mesh-Current Method
  • 4.9: Source Transformations
  • Read chapter 4.8-4.9.
  • Do problems (Section 4.8) 4.52-4.58
  • Do problems (Section 4.9) 4.59-4.62
Friday, February 28, 2014 Lab 7: An Introduction to Bipolar Junction Transistors
7 Monday, March 3, 2014 Chapter 4: Techniques of Circuit Analysis
  • 4.10: Thevenin and Norton Equivalents
  • Read chapter 4.10.
  • Do problems (Section 4.10) 4.63-4.68, 4.71, 4.73-4.76.
  • Also do the Thevenin/Norton problems from Lab 5.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Chapter 4: Techniques of Circuit Analysis
  • 4.11: More on Deriving a Thevenin Equivalent
  • 4.12: Maximum Power Transfer
  • Read chapter 4.11-4.12.
  • Do problems (Section 4.11) 4.77-4.78. No, we didn't learn the test-source technique in class. Try to learn it on your own.
  • Do problems (Section 4.12) 4.79-4.89.
  • Read lab 5 and do any theoretical calculations that you can in advance.
Friday, March 7, 2014 Quiz
Chapter 4: Techniques of Circuit Analysis
  • 4.13: Superposition
  • Read chapter 4.13.
  • Do problems (Section 4.13) 4.91-4.97.
Friday, March 7, 2014 Lab 5: Thevenin and Norton Equivalent Circuits
  • Do postlab #5 (in your lab binder).
8 Monday, March 10, 2014 Chapter 5: The Operational Amplifier
  • 5.1: Operational Amplifier Terminals
  • 5.2: Terminal Voltages and Currents
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Chapter 5: The Operational Amplifier
  • 5.3: The Inverting-Amplifier Circuit
  • 5.4: The Summing-Amplifier Circuit
  • 5.5: The Noninverting-Amplifier Circuit
  • 5.6: The Difference-Amplifier Circuit
  • Read chapter 5.3-5.6.
  • Do problems (Sections 5.3) 5.8-5.10.
  • Do problems (Sections 5.4) 5.11-5.15.
  • Do problems (Sections 5.5) 5.16-5.23.
  • Do problems (Sections 5.6) 5.26-5.29, 5.31.
  • Read lab 8 and do any theoretical calculations that you can in advance.
Friday, March 14, 2014 Quiz
Chapter 5: The Operational Amplifier
  • 5.3: The Inverting-Amplifier Circuit
  • 5.4: The Summing-Amplifier Circuit
  • 5.5: The Noninverting-Amplifier Circuit
  • 5.6: The Difference-Amplifier Circuit
  • Read chapter 5.3-5.6.
  • An inverting amplifier is an op amp circuit producing an output voltage that is an inverted, scaled replica of the input. Derive equation 5.10 (pg. 150) using node-voltage (KCLs).
  • A summing amplifier is an op amp circuit producing an output voltage that is a scaled sum of the input voltages. Derive equation 5.14 (pg. 152) using node-voltage (KCLs).
  • A noninverting amplifier is an op amp circuit producing an output voltage that is scaled replica of the input voltage. Derive equation 5.18 (pg. 153) using node-voltage (KCLs).
Friday, March 14, 2014 Lab 8: An Introduction to the 741 Operational Amplifier
  • Do postlab (B4) (in your lab binder).
  • Lab books will be collected at the midterm lab practical on Friday. Make sure they are complete!
9 Monday, March 17, 2014 Chapter 5: The Operational Amplifier
  • 5.7: A More Realistic Model for the Operational Amplifier
  • Read chapter 5.7.
  • Do problems (Sections 5.7) 5.44-5.47.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Chapter 6: Inductance, Capacitance, and Mutual Inductance
  • 6.1: The Inductor
  • Read chapter 6.1.
  • Do problems (Section 6.1) 6.1-6.13.
Friday, March 21, 2014 Quiz
Chapter 6: Inductance, Capacitance, and Mutual Inductance
  • 6.2: The Capacitor
  • Read chapter 6.2.
  • Do problems (Section 6.2) 6.14-6.19.
Friday, March 21, 2014 Mid Term Lab Practical
  • Bring your lab book to the lab practical. It will be collected.
10 Monday, March 24, 2014 Chapter 6: Inductance, Capacitance, and Mutual Inductance
  • 6.1: The Inductor
  • 6.2: The Capacitor
  • 6.3: Series-Parallel Combinations of Inductance and Capacitance
  • Read chapter 6.3.
  • Do problems (Section 6.3) 6.20-6.33.
  • Do problems (Section 6.1-6.3) 6.34-6.35.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Chapter 7: Response of First-Order RL and RC Circuits
  • 7.1: The Natural Response of an RL Circuit
  • Read chapter 7.1.
  • Do problems (Section 7.1) 7.1-7.13, 7.17-7.20.
  • Read lab 9 and do any theoretical calculations that you can in advance.
Friday, March 28, 2014 Quiz
Chapter 7: Response of First-Order RL and RC Circuits
  • 7.1: The Natural Response of an RL Circuit
  • Read chapter 7.1.
Friday, March 28, 2014 Lab 9: A Four-Bit Digital-To-Analog Converter
11 Monday, March 31, 2014 No class – Cesar Chavez Holiday
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Chapter 7: Response of First-Order RL and RC Circuits
  • 7.1: The Natural Response of an RL Circuit
  • 7.2: The Natural Response of an RC Circuit
  • Read chapter 7.1-7.2.
  • Do problems (Section 7.2) 7.21-7.27, 7.31-7.32.
  • Read lab 10 and do any theoretical calculations that you can in advance.
Friday, April 4, 2014 Chapter 7: Response of First-Order RL and RC Circuits
  • 7.3: The Step Responses of RL and RC Circuits
  • Read chapter 7.3.
  • Do problems (Section 7.3) 7.33-7.57, 7.63-7.64.
  • Take-home quiz due Monday, slip it under my office door.
Friday, April 4, 2014 Lab 10: An Introduction to the 555 Integrated Circuit Timer
12 Monday, April 7, 2014 No class - class cancelled
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Chapter 7: Response of First-Order RL and RC Circuits
  • 7.3: The Step Responses of RL and RC Circuits
  • 7.4: A General Solution for Step and Natural Responses
  • Read chapter 7.4.
  • Do problems (Section 7.4) None.
  • Read lab 11 and do any theoretical calculations that you can in advance.
Friday, April 11, 2014 Quiz
Chapter 7: Response of First-Order RL and RC Circuits
  • 7.1: The Natural Response of an RL Circuit
  • 7.2: The Natural Response of an RC Circuit
  • 7.3: The Step Responses of RL and RC Circuits
  • 7.4: A General Solution for Step and Natural Responses
Friday, April 11, 2014 Lab 11: Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis and an Introduction to Passive and Active Filters
Monday, April 14, 2014 No class – Spring Break
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 No class – Spring Break
Friday, April 18, 2014 No class – Spring Break
Friday, April 18, 2014 No lab – Spring Break
13 Monday, April 21, 2014 Chapter 8: Natural and Step Responses of RLC Circuits
  • 8.1: Introduction to the Natural Response of a Parallel RLC Circuit
  • 8.2: The Forms of the Natural Response of a Parallel RLC Circuit
  • Read chapter 8.1-8.2.
  • Do problems (Sections 8.1-8.2) 8.1-8.20.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 No class - class cancelled
Friday, April 25, 2014 Chapter 8: Natural and Step Responses of RLC Circuits
  • 8.1: Introduction to the Natural Response of a Parallel RLC Circuit
  • 8.2: The Forms of the Natural Response of a Parallel RLC Circuit
Take home quiz due Monday
Friday, April 25, 2014 Lab 13: An Introduction to Power Supplies and Voltage Regulators
14 Monday, April 28, 2014 Chapter 8: Natural and Step Responses of RLC Circuits
  • 8.3: The Step Response of a Parallel RLC Circuit
  • Read chapter 8.3.
  • Do problems (Section 8.3) 8.24-8.38.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Chapter 8: Natural and Step Responses of RLC Circuits
  • 8.4: The Natural and Step Response of a Series RLC Circuit
  • Read chapter 8.4.
  • Do problems (Section 8.4) 8.39-8.56.
  • Read lab 14 and do any theoretical calculations that you can in advance.
Friday, May 2, 2014 Quiz
Chapter 8: Natural and Step Responses of RLC Circuits
  • 8.4: The Natural and Step Response of a Series RLC Circuit
Friday, May 2, 2014 Lab 14: An Introduction to Switchmode Power Supplies
15 Monday, May 5, 2014 Chapter 9: Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
  • 9.1: The Sinusoidal Source
  • 9.2: The Sinusoidal Response
  • 9.3: The Phasor
  • Read chapter 9.1-9.3.
  • Do problems (Section 9.1) 9.1-9.8.
  • Do problems (Section 9.2) 9.9-9.10.
  • Do problems (Section 9.3-9.4) 9.11-9.14.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Chapter 9: Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
  • 9.4: The Passive Circuit Elements in the Frequency Domain
  • 9.5: Kirchhoff’s Laws in the Frequency Domain
  • 9.6: Series, Parallel, and Delta-to-Wye Simplifications
  • Read chapter 9.4-9.6.
  • Do problems (Section 9.3-9.4) 9.11-9.14.
  • Do problems (Section 9.5-9.6) 9.15-9.42.
Friday, May 9, 2014 Quiz
Chapter 9: Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
  • 9.4: The Passive Circuit Elements in the Frequency Domain
  • 9.5: Kirchhoff’s Laws in the Frequency Domain
  • 9.6: Series, Parallel, and Delta-to-Wye Simplifications
Friday, May 9, 2014 Lab 15: An Introduction to Digital Logic
16 Monday, May 12, 2014 Chapter 9: Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
  • 9.7: Source Transformations and Thevenin-Norton Equivalent Circuits
  • 9.8: The Node-Voltage Method
  • 9.9: The Mesh-Current Method
  • 9.12: Phasor Diagrams
  • Read chapter 9.7-9.9, 9.12.
  • Do problems (Section 9.7) 9.44-9.53. Skip 9.49, 9.52
  • Do problems (Section 9.8) 9.54-9.59.
  • Do problems (Section 9.9) 9.60-9.64.
  • Do problems (Section 9.5-9.9) 9.65-9.66.
  • Do problems (Section 9.12) No problems assigned from 9.12.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Chapter 9: Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
  • 9.7: Source Transformations and Thevenin-Norton Equivalent Circuits
  • 9.8: The Node-Voltage Method
  • 9.9: The Mesh-Current Method
  • 9.12: Phasor Diagrams
Quiz
Friday, May 16, 2014
Chapter 10: Sinusoidal Steady-State Power Calculations
  • 10.1: Instantaneous Power
  • 10.2: Average and Reactive Power
  • 10.3: The rms Value and Power Calculations
  • 10.4: Complex Power
  • 10.5: Power Calculations
  • 10.6: Maximum Power Transfer
Friday, May 16, 2014 Lab 16: Final Lab Practical
17 Monday, May 19, 2014 Chapter 10: Sinusoidal Steady-State Power Calculations
  • 10.1: Instantaneous Power
  • 10.2: Average and Reactive Power
  • 10.3: The rms Value and Power Calculations
  • 10.4: Complex Power
  • 10.5: Power Calculations
  • 10.6: Maximum Power Transfer
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Review
Friday, May 23, 2014 Final exam, 8-11am, MER 8
18 Monday, May 26, 2014 No class – Memorial Day
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 No class – Finals week
Friday, May 30, 2014 No class – Finals week (Commencement)
*This is only a tentative schedule which is subject to change as time progresses.
**Homework will be assigned on the date of the lecture.