Fall 2015  ECEN 3030 – Circuits for NonMajors
Lecture Room ECEE
1B32
(NOT FLMG 104)
Last Revisions on 4/15/2015
(Please note that the textbook may
change)
Course
Overview
This course is
predominantly meant for Architectural and Civil Engineering students.
It covers the fundamental
electrical circuits and related concepts without the use of Laplace Transforms.
The topics covered are also
typical FE exam topics.
Occasional
references to the NEC (of the NFPA) and NESC will be given when appropriate.
This course is a required prerequisite for AREN
4570 Building Electrical Systems Design.
Below is a set of examples that shows what
can happen when there is no
NEC (National Electrical Code) and/or NESC
(National Electrical Safety Code)
Scary to say the least.


Compare that to
a group of components meeting NEMA standards and are wired/installed per the
NEC.


Course Prerequisite
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 (this may change)
Essentials of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, Kerns, Irwin, Pearson  Prentice Hall.
Course
Vitals
•
Instructor: Harry Hilgers
hhhilgers@mesanetworks.net Office: OT 352 
Regular officehours: M/W/F TBD 
I will not be on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
For those days see the TA officehours 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.
•
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 Three 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 three midterm exams: 15%
Ø Final exam: 25%
Ø (Almost) daily quizzes: 15% (I will drop the lowest five
scores)
Ø HW: 15% (I will drop the lowest two scores)
•
Class
webpage
Ø This will be on D2L
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