Fall 2014  ECEN 3030 – Circuits for NonMajors
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. 
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Teaching Assistant
Ø Devin
Kaschinske Devin.Kaschinske@Colorado.EDU
Ø Office: OT352
Ø
Office Hours: Tu/Th 1:00 – 2:00 PM
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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.
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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.
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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: 20%
Ø Final exam: 25%
Ø HW: 15%
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Website
Ø This will be on CULearn.
Ø It will be used for HW assignments, announcements, calendar,
exam dates, etc.
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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.
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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