ENGR240 Introduction to Circuit Analysis

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Engineering

I. Course Number and Title
ENGR240 Introduction to Circuit Analysis
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
4500 (3000 minutes of lecture and 1500 minutes of laboratory)
IV. Prerequisites
PHYS122 (C or better)
Corequisites
MATH250
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This lecture and laboratory course introduces the students to basic circuit devices and circuit analysis. Topics include: circuit elements, techniques of circuit analysis, natural response, steady state analysis, and basic filter design.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. analyze the theory behind and the applications of basic circuit elements;
    2. analyze and apply the analysis of physical circuits through the use of basic circuit analysis techniques;
    3. build and measure circuits, and work in a team; and
    4. write scientific laboratory reports.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:

    1. basic circuit elements, Kirchhoff's Laws, dependent source op-amp model
    2. nodal and Mesh analysis methods
    3. linearity, superposition, Thevenin/Norton equivalents
    4. op-amps as passive voltage sources
    5. inductor and capacitor ideal elements; duality; examples of nonlinear L's & C's
    6. natural response R-C & R-L circuits; unit step and forced response for R-L & R-C
    7. natural response series & parallel R-L-C circuits; unit step forced response
    8. sinusoidal forcing function; phasor concept; impedance & admittance; complex power
    9. complex frequency & frequency response; series & parallel resonance
    10. fundamentals of filter design
    11. mutual inductance, linear transformer; two-port networks
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The evaluative tools may include any or all of the following as specified by the individual instructor's syllabus: objective examinations, research reports, laboratory reports, online activities and discussion, quizzes, projects, and papers.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor’s format.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 12/2011; New Core 8/2015