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In this course, you will be introduced to the behavior of linear electric circuits, and will see some of the ways in which they are used in electrical engineering. The text is The Analysis and Design of Linear Circuits (7th edition), by R. E. Thomas, A. J. Rosa and G. J. Toussaint. This is also the text currently used for ECEN 2260. If you are curious to learn more about circuits, or to see the material from different viewpoints, I have also put the following books on reserve at the Engineering Library:
CU Engineering Fellows (fellows.colorado.edu) may offer tutoring, review and study sessions for this course if interest is expressed.
Your grade for the course will be determined as follows (the value of your weakest monthly or final exam will be reduced by 5%, i.e. to 15% or 20% respectively):
Homework 
20% 
3 Monthly Exams 
20% each 
Final Exam 
25% 
Grading methodology: Each component of your grade will be assigned a grade (A, A, B+, B, B, etc.) based on a curve for that particular component. Different components (e. g., Homework and Monthly Exam #1) will generally be curved differently. The grade is converted to a grade point between 0 and 4 (A = 4.0, B = 3.0, etc.), and it is these grade point values which are weighted according to the table above.
As an example, suppose you got a B (3.0) on the homework, a D (1.0) on the first monthly exam, a C (2.0) on the second monthly exam, an A (3.7) on the third monthly exam and a B+ (3.3) on the final exam. Your course grade would then be:
(3.0)×0.2 + (1.0)×[0.2  0.05] + (2.0)×0.2 + (3.7)×0.2 + (3.3)×0.25 = 2.715
which is a B.
I expect that you will abide by all University expectations of academic integrity. Please read the information on this, as well as on disabilities, religious observances and standards of behavior.
Class preparationYou should read the assigned
sections of the book prior to each lecture. I will always be glad to
help you with any questions you may have during my office hours since
there will not always be time for long answers during the lectures.
Please feel free to come in for help. I hope the office hours will be
such that everyone in the course can make use of at least some of them.
You can also make an appointment to see me at other times. If you don't
understand something, I'll never know until you ask or until you fail
an exam. Why not ask? But, please come having made an attempt to
work on your issue and understand it on your own first.
Homework assignments are posted a week ahead of time and due every Friday by 11:59pm, to be uploaded as a single PDF file (scanned handwritten notes) on the D2L website for the course unless indicated to the contrary on the calendar below. Full solutions will be posted on this webpage the day after each homework deadline. They will be graded and returned to you the following week. A subset of problems on each homework may be randomly chosen for grading to enable fast turnaround by the grader in such a large class. Please put your student number next to your name on your homework and exams (anything you turn in to be graded). It helps resolve ambiguities when there is difficulty reading your handwriting. Late homework is not accepted. When submitting a solution to a homework (or exam) problem, be sure to follow these requirements:
Problems from the text will be
worth a maximum of 4 points each.
Problems marked "EK" in the homework assignments come from a collection
developed by Prof. Ed Kuester, which may be downloaded in PDF format. All "EK" problems will be
worth 4 points each.
There will be three inclass (50 minute) monthly exams. The exams are closedbook and closednotes, but you may bring one (for the monthly exams) or two (for the final exam) 8½" by 11" sheet(s) of notes and a calculator. The schedule of exams is listed in the calendar. Currently planned dates for the monthly exams are September 25, October 23 and November 18, 2015, but these are subject to minor changes if circumstances warrant. The final exam (2½ hours long) will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 1:30 to 4:00 PM in ECCR 155. The final exam will be cumulative, but with emphasis on the final third of the course. Thus, about twothirds of the questions on the final exam will be on chapters 16 and 8, and the other third will be on the material from chapter 7.
If you have 3 or 4 final exams on Wednesday, December 16, you need to see the instructor(s) of the course(s) which have their final exams in the third (and possibly fourth) time slots of that day in a timely manner, to make arrangements to take those exams on a different day in accordance with University rules. The official deadline for doing so is the end of the tenth week of the semester.
The calendar below gives a day by day list of lecture topics, reading and homework assignments and exams. Click on the link for each lecture to see the lecture topic and advance readings for that day of class. I will not generally announce homework assignments separately in class; it is your responsibility to check this page for all assignments, and be prepared appropriately for each.
Refer to lecture and reading
assignment schedule for lecture topics and reading
assignments. HW = Homework due that day.
Problems numbered simply xxx are taken from the text and will be worth
4 points each.
Problems numbered EKxxx are from the supplemental
homework problems (provided in a PDF document) and will be worth 4 points each.
Homework and reading assignments are subject to
change as needed as the semester progresses. They will not be changed
when there is less than one week until they are due.
If you like to do homework well ahead of time, be warned of this and
check before turning in your assignment that you have done the correct
problems.
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26 Lecture 2 
28 Lecture 3 HW #1 due 11:59pm Homework 1 problem sheet (PDF)  given out Monday Sep 24; book problem pages (PDF) HW1 Solutions (PDF) 

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2 Lecture 5 
4 Lecture 6 HW #2 due 11:59pm Homework 2 problem sheet (PDF)  posted Aug 29 HW2 Solutions (PDF) 

7 NO CLASS Labour Day Holiday 
9 Lecture 7 Week 3 slides (PDF) 
11 Lecture 8 HW #3 due 11:59pm Homework 3 problem sheet (PDF)  posted Sep 7 HW3 Solutions (PDF) 

14 Lecture 9 Week 4 slides (PDF) 
16 Lecture 10 
18 Lecture 11 HW#4 due Sunday, Sep 20, 11:59pm Homework 4 problem sheet (PDF)  posted Sep 15 Week 4 Lecture 11 DocuCam handwritten notes inclass (PDF) HW4 Solutions (PDF) 

21 Lecture 12 Week 5 slides (PDF) Week 5 Lecture 12 DocuCam handwritten notes inclass (PDF) 
23 Lecture 13 HW#5 due 11:59pm Homework 5 problem sheet (PDF)  posted Sep 19 Week 5 Lecture 13 DocuCam handwritten notes inclass (PDF) HW5 Solutions (PDF) 
25 Monthly Exam #1 (Ch 1 all, Ch 2 Sec 2.12.6, Ch 3 Sec 3.1, 3.4, Sec. 5.4, 6.1, 6.2) 

28 Lecture 14 Week 6 slides (PDF) Week 6 Lecture 14 DocuCam handwritten notes inclass (PDF) 
30 Lecture 15 Week 6 Lecture 15 DocuCam handwritten notes inclass (PDF) 

2 Lecture 16 HW#6 due 11:59pm Homework 6 problem sheet (PDF)  posted Sep 19 Week 6 Lecture 16 DocuCam handwritten notes inclass (PDF) HW6 Solutions (PDF) 

5 Lecture 17 Week 7 slides (PDF) Week 7 Lecture 17 DocuCam handwritten notes inclass (PDF) 
7 Lecture 18 Week 7 Lecture 18 DocuCam handwritten notes inclass (PDF) 
9 Lecture 19 HW#7 due 11:59pm Homework 7 problem sheet (PDF)  posted Oct 3 

12 Lecture 20 
14 Lecture 21 
16 Lecture 22 HW#8 due 11:59pm Homework 8 problem sheet (PDF)  posted Oct 3 

19 Lecture 23 
21 Lecture 24 HW#9 due 11:59pm Homework 9 problem sheet (PDF)  posted Oct 3 
23 Monthly Exam #2 (on roughly chapters 5,6,8,16, to be updated closer to the exam) 

26 Lecture 25 
28 Lecture 26 
30 Lecture 27 HW#10 due 11:59pm Homework 10 problem sheet (PDF)  posted Oct 3 
2 Lecture 28 
4 Lecture 29 
6 Lecture 30 

9 Lecture 31 
11 Lecture 32 
13 Lecture 33 

16 Lecture 34 
18 Monthly Exam #3 (on roughly chapters 4,6,15, to be updated closer to the exam) 
20 Lecture 35 

23 NO CLASS Fall Break 
NO CLASS Fall Break 
25 NO CLASS Fall Break 
NO CLASS Thanksgiving Holiday 
27 NO CLASS Thanksgiving Holiday 
30 Lecture 36 

2 Lecture 37 
4 Lecture 38 (YE) 

7 Lecture 39 
9 Lecture 40 
11 Lecture 41 

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16 FINAL EXAM Location: ATL 100 Time: 1:304:00pm 
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Lecture No. 
Topic 
New Reading Assignment Before Class (from Textbook or Supplemental Notes) 
Introduction; The Basics (charge, voltage,
current) 
NONE 

Element Laws and Connection (Kirchhoff's) Laws 
Chapter 1 and sections 2.12.2 

Combined Use of the Circuit Laws 
Section 2.3 

More Basic Circuit Analysis 
NONE 

Equivalent Circuits 
Section 2.4 

Voltage and Current Division; Thévenin and
Norton Equivalent Circuits 
Sections 2.5 and 3.4 

Reduction of (Simplifying) Circuits 
Section 2.6 

More Examples of Analyzing Simple Circuits 
NONE 

Systematic Circuit Analysis: The NodeVoltage
Method 
Section 3.1 

More Nodal Analysis 
NONE 

Sinusoidal (AC) Waveforms; Capacitors and
Inductors 
Sections 5.4 and 6.16.2 

Capacitors and Inductors (continued) 
Section 6.4 

Complex Numbers; Phasors 
Appendix A and Sections 8.18.2 

More Phasors 
NONE 

And Still More Phasors: Impedance 
Section 8.3 

Phasor Analysis of Circuits 
NONE 

Translating DC Concepts to Phasor Ones; Phasor
Nodevoltage Analysis 
Sections 8.48.5 

Phasor Analysis of More Complicated Circuits 
NONE 

Power and Energy in AC Circuits 
Section 8.6 

More on Power  Sections 16.116.2  
Dependent Sources  Sections 4.14.2  
Analysis of Circuits with Dependent Sources  NONE  
Thévenin and Norton Equivalents with Dependent Sources  NONE  
Operational Amplifiers  Sections 4.34.4  
Circuit Design with OpAmps  Section 4.5  
More OpAmps 
NONE  
OpAmps in the Time Domain 
Section 6.3  
OpAmp Example; Mutual Inductance  Sections 15.115.3 and Notes on mutual inductance  
Transformers  15.5  
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RL and RC Circuits (Natural
Response) 
Section
7.1 
RL and RC Circuits (Step Response) 
Section 7.2 

Transient Response Examples 
NONE 

The MyDAQ Measurement System 

Initial and Final Conditions 
Section 7.3  
RL and RC Circuits (Response to
Other Inputs) 
Section 7.4 

More FirstOrder Circuit Examples 
NONE 

Series RLC Circuits 
Section 7.5 

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Parallel RLC Circuits  Section 7.6 
RLC Step Response 
Section 7.7 

Examples 
NONE 

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Review 
NONE 
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Fri, Sep 18: HW#4 due date has been moved to Sunday, Sep 20, 11:59pm.