ECEN 2250  Introduction to Circuits & Electronics
Catalog Data 
ECEN 2250 (3). Introduction to Circuits & Electronics.
Introduces linear circuit analysis and design, including extensive use of OP
amps. Presents DC networks, including node and mesh analysis with controlled
sources. Analysis of RL and RC circuits for both transient and sinusoidal
steadystate responses using phasors. 
Credits and Design 
3 credit hours. Required core course. 
Prerequisite(s) 
APPM 1360,
Calculus 2 for Engineers. 
Corequisite(s) 
APPM 2360,
Introduction to Differential Equations with Linear Algebra. 
Instructor(s) 
Michael Lightner, Peter Mathys, Robert McLeod,
Garret Moddel. 
Textbook 
Roland E. Thomas, Albert J. Rosa, and Gregory J. Toussaint,
The Analysis and Design of Linear Circuits, 7th Edition,
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012.td>

 

Course Objectives 
For students to:
 Understand the basic principles and abstractions that are used
to analyze and design linear electronic circuits and systems.
 Understand the language of electrical engineering and how to
formulate and solve basic electrical engineering problems.
 Understand how linear electronic circuits and systems fit into
the larger context of engineering careers, ethics, societal and
global needs, and environmental concerns.

Learning Outcomes 
After taking this course students will be able to recognize and use
the following concepts, ideas, and/or tools:
 Basic circuit analysis and design, including Ohm's
law and Kirchhoff's laws.
 Active devices, including dependent sources and
OpAmps.
 ac Circuit analysis and design, including phasors
and first order differential equations.
 Circuit analysis and design tools, including
LTspice and Matlab.
 Circuits in context, aimed at awareness of
contemporary issues in electrical engineering and their societal implications
and global contexts.

Student Outcomes Addressed 
3a 
3b 
3c 
3d 
3e 
3f 
3g1 
3g2 
3h 
3i 
3j 
3k 
Math /Sci 
Exper iments 
Design 
Teams 
Engr Problems 
Respon sibility 
Oral 
Written 
Engr Solns Impact 
LL Learning 
Contem porary 
Tools 
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M 
M 

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H 
M 

L 
M 

Topics Covered 
 Introduction
 iv characteristics, Ohm's law
 Voltage and current sources, dependent sources
 Kirchhoff voltage and current laws
 Linearity and superposition
 Nodevoltage analysis
 Introduction to capacitors and inductors
 Complex numbers and phasors
 Impedance and frequency response
 Diodes and transistors
 Operational amplifiers
 Capacitors and inductors
 OpAmp circuit analysis and design
 First order differential equations
 Block diagrams
 Signal waveforms
 Time domain analysis of RC, RL circuits
 Mutual inductance

Last revised: 031811, PM, ARP.