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Syllabus for ENGR065-01: Circuit Theory Spring 2012 Instructor: Vesselin Gueorguiev Designation: Catalog Description: Text

Syllabus for ENGR065-01: Circuit Theory

Spring 2012 Instructor: Vesselin Gueorguiev


Catalog Description:

Text Books and Other Required Materials:

ENGR 65 : Circuit Theory The course has been designed to introduce fundamental principles of circuit theory commonly used in engineering research and science applications. Techniques and principles of electrical circuit analysis including basic concepts such as voltage, current, resistance, impedance, Ohm's and Kirchoff's law; basic electric circuit analysis techniques, resistive circuits, transient and steady-state responses of RLC circuits; circuits with DC and sinusoidal sources, steady-state power and three-phase balanced systems, including Laplace and Fourier transforms applications for solving circuit problems. Author: J. W. Nilsson and S. Riedel Title: Electric Circuits, 9/E with MasteringEngineering online tool. Edition/Copyright: 9/E Published Date: 2011 Publisher: Pearson-Prentice Hall ISBN: 9780132845649

Each student should have his/her personal Clicker !


Course Objectives/

To develop problem solving skills and understanding of circuit theory through the

Student Learning

application of techniques and principles of electrical circuit analysis to common circuit



Course Goals:

1. To develop an understanding of the fundamental laws and elements of electric circuits.

2. To learn the energy properties of electric elements and the techniques to measure

voltage and current.

3. To understand waveforms, signals, and transient, and steady-state responses of RLC


4. To develop the ability to apply circuit analysis to DC and AC circuits.

5. To understand advanced mathematical methods such as Laplace and Fourier transforms

along with linear algebra and differential equations techniques for solving circuits


Learning Outcomes:

1. To be able to understand basic electrical properties

2. To be able to analyze electrical circuits

3. To be able to find circuit response using Laplace transform

4. To understand signal superposition and Fourier transform

Prerequisites by Topic: Introductory Physics (PHYS 9 / PHYS 19 or equivalent); Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (MATH 24 or equivalent)

Course Policies:

Academic Dishonesty Statement:

Disability Statement:


1. NO CELL PHONES are allowed during lecture. 2. Be on time to class. Tardy is discouraged. 3. No late assignments will be accepted. Medical or family emergency will be considered on case-by-case basis. 4. No make-up exams/quizzes. If you miss the exam, a zero score will be assigned to the missed exam/quiz. No electronic devices other than a calculator will be allowed. 5. If you miss a class due to personal emergency or medical reasons, please be sure to inform the instructor by e-mail. 6. Homework assignments are to be submitted by the due date. You should keep a record of your homework in HW notebooks or HW binder and be ready to present it upon request. You may discuss homework problems with your classmates, but you are responsible for your own works. 7. You are encouraged to read the sections in the textbooks related to the covered topics prior to the lecture as well as after. 8. Each student should use only his/her own clicker for quizzes. 9. After an assignment grade has been posted online, students must see the instructor within one week if they wish to discuss the assignment and their work. 10. University's rules on academic honesty concerning exams and individual assignments will be strictly enforced. See UC Conduct Standards:

a. Each student in this course is expected to abide by the University of California,

Merced's Academic Honesty Policy. Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the student's own work.

b. You are encouraged to study together and to discuss information and concepts covered

in lecture and the sections with other students. You can give "consulting" help to or receive "consulting" help from such students. However, this permissible cooperation should never involve one student having possession of a copy of all or part of work done

by someone else, in the form of an e mail, an e mail attachment file, a diskette, or a hard copy. Should copying occur, both the student who copied work from another student and the student who gave material to be copied will both automatically receive a zero for the assignment. Penalty for violation of this Policy can also be extended to include failure of the course and University disciplinary action.

c. During examinations, you must do your own work. Talking or discussion is not

permitted during the examinations, nor may you compare papers, copy from others, or

collaborate in any way. Any collaborative behavior during the examinations will result in failure of the exam, and may lead to failure of the course and University disciplinary


Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: The University of California Merced is committed to ensuring equal academic opportunities and inclusion for students with disabilities based on the principles of independent living, accessible universal design and diversity. I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for student with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made during the first three weeks of the semester, except for unusual circumstances. Students are encouraged to register with Disability Services Center to verify their eligibility for appropriate accommodations. CIRCUIT PARAMETERS AND FUNDAMENTAL LAWS I Electric charge. Coulomb’s law. Electric work. Potential. Potential difference. Electric current. Power. Energy. Resistance. Resistivity. Ohm’s law. Kirchoff’s law. Branch. Node. Mesh. Circuit elements in series. Circuit elements in parallel.

CIRCUIT PARAMETERS AND FUNDAMENTAL LAWS II Ideal current source. Ideal Voltage generator. Internal resistance. Mesh current method. Node voltage method. Thevenin’s theorem. Norton’s theorem. Superposition’s theorem. Capacity. Inductors. Electromagnetic flux.

INSTRUMENTS The voltmeter. Internal resistance. The galvanometer. Internal resistance. The Ohmmeter.

The Wheatstone bridge. The impedance bridge.

COMPLEX IMPEDANCE and ADMITTANCE Resistance. Phasorial notation. Capacitive and inductive reactance. Impedance. Conductance. Capacitive and inductive susceptance. Admittance. Series and parallel equivalent circuit. RLC series and parallel circuits.

CIRCUITS TRANSIENT RESPONSE. ODE RC, RL and RLC circuits. Time constant. Step and impulse response. Transient response.

CIRCUITS TRANSIENT RESPONSE. LAPLACE TRANSFORM The Laplace’s transform . Initial value theorem and final value theorem. Studying transient phenomena with the Laplace transform. Circuit analysis in the s (complex variable) domain. Resonance. Frequency response. Cutoff frequency. Pole. Zero. Low-pass filter. High-pass filter.

WAVEFORMS AND SIGNALS Periodic and non-periodic signals. Heavyside function. Impulse function. Ramp function. Triangular function. Peak value. Average value. Effective value (RMS). Sinusoidal and co-sinusoidal signals. Euler’s expression. Generic harmonic signal. Amplitude and phase.


THE FOURIER TRANSFORM Fourier’s trigonometric series. Polar form of Fourier’s. Amplitude spectrum and phase spectrum. Application to linear circuits. The Fourier’s integral. The Fourier’s transform. Lectures: M W F 4:30-5:20pm, Room - CLSSRM 113


Midterm/Final Exam Schedule:

Quizzes, two midterm exams, and final exam Time and Date: TBA

Course Calendar:

Week.Dates: Topics and Comments [Reading Ch.#] Note classes are M W F.


No class on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (Monday, Jan 16) w1. Jan 18&20: Circuit Variables: Voltage, Current, Energy, and Power Balance [1] w2. Jan 23-27: Circuit Theory, Power Sources; Fundamental Laws [2] w3. 1/30-2/03: Resistive Circuits: Connecting Resistors; Measuring V, I, & R [3] w4. Feb 06-10: Circuit Analysis: Node-Voltage and Mesh-Current Methods [4] w5. Feb 13-17: Circuit Analysis: Power Sources and Transformation Methods [4] w6. Feb 20: No class on Presidents Day Holiday w6. Feb 22-24: Inductance and Capacitance [6]; EXAM #1 w7. 02/27-03/02: Inductance, Capacitance, and Mutual Inductance [6] w8. Mar 05-09: Natural Response of RL & RC Circuits [7] w9. Mar 12-16: Step Responses of RL, RC, and RLC Circuits [8] w10. Mar 19-23: Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis - The Phasor & Transformers [9] w11. Mar 26-30: Spring Recess & Cesar Chavez Holiday. w12. Apr 02-06: Sinusoidal Steady-State Power Calculations - AC circuit [10] w13: Apr 09-13: Introduction to the Laplace Transform (LT) [12]; EXAM #2 w14: Apr 16-20: Circuit Analysis with LT - s Domain & Transfer Function [13] w15: Apr 23-27: Frequency Selective Circuits: Low, High, and Band Filters [14] w16: 04/30-05/04: Fourier Series and Fourier Transform (FT) [16,17] w17. May 11: FINAL EXAMINATION (3:00-6:00pm) Experimental Methodology, Engineering Science.


Engineering fundamentals: 75% Engineering applications: 25%


Grading Scheme:


Quizzes (10%) Homework (20%) Two Midterms (40%) Final exam (30%)

Grade Distribution

Grade Total Scores (%) A+ 99 - 100


95 - 99

A- 90 - 94 B+ 87 - 89


83 - 86

B- 80 - 82 C+ 77 - 79


73 - 76

C- 70 - 72 D+ 67 - 69


63 - 66

D- 60 - 62


< 60


Contact Information:

Instructor: Vesselin Gueorguiev, Ph.D. Office: 126 Academic Office Annex, Ph: (209) 228-3033. E-mail: (UCMCROPS Messages preferred)

Office Hours:

Teaching Assistant (TA): Anley Tefera E-mail: (UCMCROPS Messages preferred) Office Hours: M W 6:00pm - 7:00pm Office Hours Location:

Room 126 in the Academic Office Annex

TA Office Hours: TBA