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FALL 2014
Dr. Suma Rajashankar
Office: EB106
Tel: (815)753-9966
Office hours: Monday & Friday:

11:00 12:00 pm
1:00 2:00 pm or by appointment

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10-10:50am, EB 211
Teaching Assistants:
Tutoring Center in EB
Office Hours:
Recitation sessions:

2:00-2:50pm EB201
2:00-2:50pm EB201
12-12:50pm EB201
MATH 230 and PHYS 273 with a grade of C or better

Catalog description:
Analyze the properties of electric circuit elements, Ohms law and Kirchhoffs law and
theorems; network topology as an aid in writing node and loop equations, AC sources and
impedance, time domain transient and frequency domain and steady state analysis.

Required textbook:
Charles K. Alexander and Matthew N.O. Sadiku, Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, Fifth
Edition, ISBN 978-0-07-338057-5, 2012
Referenced texts:
1. J. David Irwin and R. Mark Nelms, Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis, Tenth
Edition, ISBN 978-0-470-63322-9, 2011
2. James W. Nilsson and Susan A. Riedel, Electric Circuits, Eighth Edition, ISBN 013-198925-1, 2008
Course Objectives and relationships to ABET Outcomes:
To provide an introduction to the concepts of linear electric circuits, presentation
of various circuit elements and the consequent analysis techniques. (ABET outcomes:
This course, based upon an understanding of calculus and physics, focuses on
electric circuit analysis. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to
analyze basic ac and dc circuits containing resistors, inductors, capacitors, and both
independent and dependent electrical sources in order to determine current, voltage,
power, and energy values (ABET outcomes: A,B,C,E,I,K). The basic analysis laws are
Kirchhoff's current law, Kirchhoff's voltage law, and Ohm's law. Useful relationships
derived from these laws permit analysis of more complex circuits. For example, voltage
division and current division simplify analysis for resistors (impedances in ac circuits) in
series and in parallel, respectively. Thvenin's and Norton's theorems are used to
determine equivalent circuits. Mathematical transformations simplify the analysis of ac
circuits (ABET outcomes: A,B,C,E,I,K).
Coverage (and level) of ABET Outcomes:

A(3), B(3), C(1), D(3), E(3), F(2), G(2), H(1),

I(3), J(0), K(3)

Detailed course content:

1. Introduction to basic concepts in circuit engineering like charge, current, voltage,
power, energy, basic circuit elements (Outcome: A, E & G).
2. Introduction to Ohms Law & Kirchhoffs current law and voltage law (Outcome:
A, B, C, E, G, I).
3. Voltage and current divider circuits, series/parallel resistive circuits, measuring
voltage and current (Outcome: A, B, C, E, G, I, K).
4. Fundamentals of Operational Amplifiers (Outcome: A, B, C, E, G, H, I, K).
5. Techniques of circuit analysis - Nodal and Loop analysis, Source transformations,
Thevenin & Norton Theorems, Maximum Power Transfer, Superposition etc
(Outcome: A, B, C, E, F, I, K).
6. Introduction to energy storage elements like Capacitors and Inductors (Outcome:
A, B, C, E, G, I, K).
7. Introduction to First order RL and RC circuits (Outcome: A, B, C, E, G, I, K).
8. Introduction to Second order Linear circuits (Outcome: A, B, C, E, G, I, K).
9. AC Steady State Analysis (Outcome: A, B, C, E, G, I)

Instructor help:
The instructor has designated office hours and is always happy to help students
who are trying to understand the material but are having difficulties. However, no help
can be expected if the student skips class and fails to work homework problems.
Textbook Study:
Use of the textbook is the principal means by which the basic information is
acquired in this course. You will be expected to study, not just read, the textbook. You are
expected to work through the example problems and the problems at the end of each
chapter. If you find problems that you cannot understand you are expected to see the
instructor or TA for help.
It is expected that every student will be present every class period and take
complete and accurate notes. 5% of your total attendance (this includes attendance to the
recitation sessions also!) will be considered for your final grading. You are responsible
for all topics, discussions, handouts and announcements made in class.
Homework will be assigned to you in general each Monday and will be due the
following Monday at the beginning of the class. NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE
ACCEPTED. In case, you are late please make sure one of your friends turn it in.
Format your homework as follows:
1. Write your name along with the homework number at the top of each paper.
2. Each problem should be done in the order in which they were assigned. It is
understandable that one will get overlooked from time to time. In this case, where
the missed problem was supposed to go, make a note as to where the grader can
find that particular problem.
3. Put the problems in the proper order.
4. Staple the pages together before turning in the assignments.
5. Show all the work. Answers without work will not receive credit.
6. Grading will be valued based on a correct answer with a correct approach. Partial
credit will be given for incorrect answers but with correct approaches.
7. Circuits should be drawn at the top of problems when it is necessary to show
labeling for variables mentioned in your work.
8. Work should be done in pencil and easy to read. If done in pen, use blue or black
ink (NOT red!) with neat cross-outs of work not to be read and graded. If there are
so many cross-outs that the page becomes a difficult-to-read mess, rework it. If
the grader cannot read or understand your work, it will be assumed to be wrong!

9. Do not erase or scratch your final results. Failure to do so may affect your
possible request for reconsideration.
10. Circle your answers.
11. When appropriate, answers must contain proper units.
Each homework would consist of approximately a total of 8 to 10 problems (from the end
of every chapter), out of which the first 95% of the problems would be graded and
solving the remaining ones would help in getting extra points. After the introduction to
Matlab and PSpice /Multisim, extra sections in the HW will be added. Homework is very
critical to this course. Better understanding of the material can be gained as you work
through several problems. If you do not work through the problems and only look
through the solutions you may find it hard to pass through the course. Collaborating with
other students on assignments is acceptable; however, copying will not be tolerated and
will result in an automatic zero for each person involved. You will benefit most from the
homework, if you attempt to do the problems before consulting your friends. Copying is
not permitted and will be penalized.
Quizzes and Exams:
1. There will be a quiz (either online on Blackboard or in-class) every Wednesday
at the end of the class, amounting to a total of 15% for your total grade. These
brief quizzes would be starting from week #2 (09/03/2014) with an online quiz.
Quizzes would either comprise of multiple-choice questions or just one or two
problems which are simple and meant to probe your basic understanding of the
material at hand. Lowest online & in-class quiz scores would be dropped.
2. Exams have a different format. There will be approximately 4 to 5 questions
(maybe a few sub questions) and all of the detailed work will have to be shown.
Grading of the exam papers will be same as is for the homework.
3. Tentative dates for the three mid-term exams are: 09/26/2014, 10/24/2014 &
4. Every quiz and exam is a closed book/notes one.
5. A comprehensive final exam will be given during the scheduled time for this
Your final grade will be determined as follows:
Three mid-term exams:
Final exam:

15% (Lowest homework score would be dropped)
15% (Lowest quiz (online & In-class) scores would be dropped)
15% each (total amounting to 45%)

The final letter grade assignment will be determined at the end of the semester by
the instructor based on the students overall course percentage. NOTICE that your grade
is determined by you. To learn how to solve circuit problems you must solve circuit
problems. This requires a constant effort throughout the term in reading the textbook,

attending all lectures, studying lecture notes, working out homework problems, and
reviewing graded homework and tests. You cannot learn this material by just attending
class and studying the night before a test.
Course Policies:
1. Any student in this course who has a disability that may prevent him/her from
fully demonstrating his/her abilities should contact the instructor personally as
soon as possible so we can discuss accommodations necessary to ensure full
participation and facilitate the educational opportunity.
2. Make-up exams or make-up quizzes are not given in this course ; it
is virtually impossible to prepare a make-up exam or a quiz that is fair both to the
student taking it and to the students who took the original exam. Where there are
documented medical or other comparable reasons, the student missing an exam or
a quiz may request for an attained average on the other exams in the course be
used in place of the grade for the missed exam.
3. Please make use of the office hours to ask questions about the course material and
homework. If you are not able to attend during the office hours just let the
instructor know and another convenient time could be arranged for you.
4. Acts of academic dishonesty are not accepted from students of this class (see page
49 of the undergraduate catalog for Academic Integrity).