Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

ENG 17

Circuits I

Course Overview

Fall 2011

Web Page:

Course Time and Location:
1003 Giedt
MW 2:10-4:00 pm

Instructor: Please contact me in person (in office hours or after class) instead of by email.

Stephen Lewis, Office: 2035 Kemper Hall
Office Hours: Wednesdays 4:10-5:00 pm and Thursdays 4:10-5:00 pm

Teaching Assistants: Please contact the TAs in person in office hours instead of by email.

Mehdi Malboubi, Office: 3087 Kemper
Timothy Monk, Office: 3087 Kemper

Required Text:
Linear Circuit Analysis, Artice M. Davis, Cengage (originally PWS Publishing Company), 1998
Text Corrections: Corrections

Physics 9C, Math 22B (may be taken concurrently)

Objectives: After taking this course, a student should understand:
  1. Electrical quantities and elements,
  2. Resistive circuits,
  3. Transient and steady-state responses of RLC circuits,
  4. Sinusoidal excitation and phasors,
  5. Complex frequency and network functions, and
  6. Power calculations

Homework: Assignments will be posted on the course website and will be due on the following Monday by noon in the homework box in 2131 Kemper Hall unless otherwise specified. Homework solutions will be available on the course website. To access the homework and solutions, you will need the User Name and Password. Homework will be graded on a four-level scale: 0=little, if anything, done, 1=sloppy and/or a number of mistakes, 2=basically correct, but somewhat sloppy and/or minor mistakes, 3= easy to follow and completely correct. Homework should be done on standard 8.5"x11" paper and should be stapled together. Please write your name as it appears on UC transcripts.
Grading: There will two midterm exams and one final exam. At each exam, you must show your campus photo identification. The first midterm exam will be held in class on Wed. October 19, starting at 2:50 pm plus or minus a few minutes and running for about 50 minutes. The second midterm exam will be held in class on Wed. November 16, starting at 2:50 pm plus or minus a few minutes and running for about 50 minutes. The final exam will be held on Monday December 5 from 3:30-5:30 pm. The exams will be closed book and closed notes. You will not be allowed to use calculators and other electronic devices on the exams. Also, there will be about eight or nine homework assignments. The weighting used for the final course grade will be:
Reading Assignments: The following table gives reading assignments. Each row corresponds to about one week in the class. All reading assignments refer to sections in the text book.

Introduction and Resistive Circuits Sec. 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.4, and 2.6
Subcircuits and Nodal Analysis Sec. 3.1-3.6, 4.1-4.2, and Appendix A through (A-58)
Mesh Analysis Sec. 4.3-4.4
Active Circuits, Waveforms, and Capacitors Sec. 5.1-5.2 (through page 176), 5.3-5.4 (through the first
paragraph after Equation (5.4.8) on page 192), and 6.1-6.2
Inductors, Switched Circuits, Impulses,
Time response of first-order circuits with
first-order lowpass response
Sec. 6.3-6.6 (skip the Generalized Differentiation of
Discontinuous Waveforms section, which begins on page 283
and ends on page 286), and 7.1
First-order highpass, Complex Numbers,
Euler's formulas, Sinusoids, Complex
Exponentials, and Phasors
Sec. 7.2-7.3, 7.7, 8.1-8.2, 8.4, and 8.6
Time Response of Higher-Order Circuits
and the Phasor Equivalent Circuit
Sec. 9.1-9.2 (skip Cascade Simulation of the General Solution
Operator on page 427), 11.1-11.2 (skip the material on
Impedance Scaling and Frequency Scaling, which starts
after Example 11.12 and ends before Example 11.15)
Average Power and Complex Power Sec. 11.3-11.4 (skip material on Conservation of Complex
Power, which starts on page 585 and ends on page 588.)
Mutual Inductance and Transformers Sec. 16.1 (Ignore Equation (16.1-14a) and
stop reading after Example 16.1)