Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

ENG 17

Circuits I

Course Overview

Spring 2015

This page last modified on June 16, 2015

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Course Location and Time:
1062 Bainer     TuTh 10:00 am-11:50 am. (Discussions will be in the second hour on Thursdays except in midterm weeks, when they will be in the first hour on Thursdays.)

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

Stephen Lewis, Office: 2035 Kemper Hall
Office Hours: Mondays 1:10-2:00 pm and Thursdays 1:10-2:00 pm

Teaching Assistant: Please contact the TA in person in an office hour or after discussion instead of by email.

Zen-Che (Roger) Lo, Office: 2101 Kemper
Office Hour: Friday 4:10-5:00 pm

Recommended Text:
Linear Circuit Analysis, Artice M. Davis, Cengage (originally PWS Publishing Company), 1998. New copies of the text come with a CD that points to a web page that the publisher has not maintained. Also, I will teach the class in a way that you will not need a copy of the text. So if you buy it, I recommend that you buy a used copy.
Here is a summary of errors in the text: Corrections

Physics 9C or 9HD (C- or better recommended), Math 22A (C- or better recommended), Math 22B (C- or better recommended) may be taken concurrently.
I am willing to waive the prerequisites in most cases, but you will need to know how to use calculus for differentiation and integration. If you would like to take ENG 17 without having satisfied the prerequisites, you will be required to fill in the Missing Prerequisite Documentation Form created by the College of Engineering. After you have filled out all parts of the form above the dashed line, please ask me in person (not by email) to sign it. A good time to ask me to sign is after the first or the second class.

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 Tuesday 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, which appear on the printed syllabus that will be handed out. A subset of the homework problems will be graded (probably one problem per assignment). 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. The first midterm exam will be held in class on Thursday April 23, starting around 11 am and running for about 50 minutes. The second midterm exam will be held in class on Thursday May 21, starting around 11 am and running for about 50 minutes. The final exam will be held on Thursday June 11 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. The exams will be closed book and closed notes. The weighting used for the final course grade will be:
Recommended Reading: The following table gives recommended reading in case you buy the text book. Each row corresponds to about one week in the class. Reading your class notes carefully is important.

TopicRecommended Reading
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)