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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 steady-state 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.,>
Course Objectives For students to:
  1. Understand the basic principles and abstractions that are used to analyze and design linear electronic circuits and systems.
  2. Understand the language of electrical engineering and how to formulate and solve basic electrical engineering problems.
  3. 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:
  1. Basic circuit analysis and design, including Ohm's law and Kirchhoff's laws.
  2. Active devices, including dependent sources and OpAmps.
  3. ac Circuit analysis and design, including phasors and first order differential equations.
  4. Circuit analysis and design tools, including LTspice and Matlab.
  5. Circuits in context, aimed at awareness of contemporary issues in electrical engineering and their societal implications and global contexts.
Student Outcomes
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Design Teams Engr
Oral Written Engr Solns
H M M   M     H M   L M
Topics Covered
  1. Introduction
  2. i-v characteristics, Ohm's law
  3. Voltage and current sources, dependent sources
  4. Kirchhoff voltage and current laws
  5. Linearity and superposition
  6. Node-voltage analysis
  7. Introduction to capacitors and inductors
  8. Complex numbers and phasors
  9. Impedance and frequency response
  10. Diodes and transistors
  11. Operational amplifiers
  12. Capacitors and inductors
  13. OpAmp circuit analysis and design
  14. First order differential equations
  15. Block diagrams
  16. Signal waveforms
  17. Time domain analysis of RC, RL circuits
  18. Mutual inductance

Last revised: 03-18-11, PM, ARP.