Fall 2014  ECEN 3030 – Circuits for NonMajors
Last Revisions on 6/18/2014
If you plan to be only a casual
attendee at the lectures
you may want to consider
NOT registering for this course.
See details in the vitals section
below.
Course
Overview
This course is
predominantly meant for Architectural and Civil Engineering students.
Among others, it is a prerequisite for AREN 4570 Building
Electrical Systems Design.
It covers the fundamental
electrical circuits and related concepts without the use of Laplace Transforms.
The topics covered are also
typical FE exam topics.
Prerequisites
Appm 2360
Topics
covered
1. Concepts of charge, forces between charges, electrical power and
energy, conductors and insulators. 
2. Circuit analysis using Kirchhoff’s laws, node /loop analysis,
superposition, Thevenin/Norton Theorems. 
3. 1^{st} and 2^{nd} order transient analysis of dynamic
circuits using resistors, capacitors and inductors. 
4. Complex numbers. 
5. AC steady state analysis using phasors. 
6. Steady State Power Analysis, complex power, average power, apparent
power, power factor correction. 
7. Magnetic Coupled circuits, mutual inductance, transformers. 
8. Electrical network frequency characteristics, filters, resonant circuits. 
9. Ideal OpAmps, analog computation. 
10. Terminal characteristics of diodes, rectification circuits. 
11. Electrical motors: DC, AC Polyphase Induction and Synchronous
machines. 

What
you should already know
Basic
mathematics. 
Trigonometric
identities, Logarithms. 
Calculus. 
Integration
by substitution and by parts, evaluation of definite integrals,
differentiation. 
Differential
equations 
Solution
of 1^{st} and 2^{nd} order linear differential equations with
initial values and/or forcing functions. 
Required
Textbook
Essentials of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, Kerns, Irwin, Pearson  Prentice Hall.
Course
Vitals
• Instructor: Harry Hilgers
hhhilgers@mesanetworks.net Office: OT 352 
Regular office hours: M/W/F 2:00 – 3:30 PM 
I will not be on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
For those days see the TA office hours
schedule. 
• Teaching Assistant
Ø TBD
Ø Office: TBD
Ø
Office Hours: TBD
•
Lecture material
Ø There
is only enough class time to lecture just the core points.
ü So it stands to
reason that you read ALL material before coming to lecture and study it
thoroughly afterwards.
ü However,
except as indicated otherwise during lecture, you are REQUIRED to
read/study/understand ALL text book material.
ü I will
predominantly (but not always) lecture from the text book.
ü I therefore urge
you to bring your text book to the lectures so you can make notes in it as
needed.
•
During Lectures
Ø The only dumb
question is the one not asked.
Ø If a question is
not enough “on point” or the answer becomes too timeconsuming, I may suggest
holding off until office hours.
Ø During lectures, please only one discussion at a time.
• Lecture Attendance is mandatory
Ø The TA will keep an attendance record.
Ø I will help those who help themselves.
ü Therefore: If you do not attend lectures,
please see a classmate for help and lecture notes.
ü Exception: Missing lectures due to illness or
emergency circumstances.
•
Homework Assignments
Ø One HW assignment per week.
ü You will scan your HW and drop it into the drop box on D2L prior
to the due date/time.
ü Late HW receives zero credit. NO EXCEPTIONS.
ü Make sure you do and turn in ALL HW
assignments.
•
See
below for the consequences for not turningin HW
•
Exams
Ø Two 50 minute midterm exams
Ø A 2.5 hr. final exam
Ø Make sure you do ALL HW problems and
read/study/understand ALL of the text material.
ü All of this is fair game for exams.
•
The Final
grade is computed as follows:
Ø Each of two midterm exams: 25%
Ø Final exam: 25%
Ø HW: 15%
ü However,
if you do not turn in 2 or more HW assignments by the required due dates, then your
course grade will be an F.
Ø Attendance: 10%
ü However,
if you have 5 or more unexcused absences, then your course grade will be an F.
ü The TA will keep an attendance
record.
•
Website
Ø This will be on CULearn.
Ø It will be used for HW assignments,
announcements, calendar, exam dates, etc.
•
Some final comments
Ø I recognize that the amount of material is very
large.
Ø Therefore by necessity some material will only
be covered “on the surface”.
Ø It is impossible for you to become an expert at
it in a short semester.
Ø So it is my goal to introduce the material to a
level so that later, when you need to apply it, you will have enough background
and will not be afraid to open a book and study the different aspects in
detail.
•
Last but
for sure not least
Ø If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability,
please submit to me a letter from Disability Services in a timely manner so
that your needs may be addressed.
ü Disability Services
determines accommodations based on documented disabilities. (3034928671,
Willard 322)
Ø Every effort will be made to reasonably and fairly deal with
students who have serious religious observances that conflict with scheduled
exams, assignments, etc.
ü Please notify me well in advance, so that there is time to
make adequate arrangements.
ü The Boulder campus policy can be read at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/fac_relig.html
Ø All students will be expected to comply with the Boulder
campus honor code.
ü This honor code can be viewed at http://www.colorado.edu/academics/honorcode/
Ø Students and faculty each have responsibility for
maintaining an appropriate learning environment.
ü Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards may be
subject to discipline.
ü Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially
important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of
race, culture, religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender, gender variance,
and nationalities.
ü The campus policy can be read at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/classbehavior.html