Department of Physical Science and Engineering
Engineering Program
Welcome to Circuit Analysis!
EGR 203 Circuit Analysis
Reference No. 4420
Fall 2006

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Scott D. Johnson, Associate Professor, Engineering Coordinator, Physical Sciences and Engineering


OTHER LOCATIONS: CH-308 (Faculty Resource Room) and CH-100 (Department)

PHONE NUMBERS: 301-386-7536 (Office) or 301-322-0420 (Department Main Line)


To facilitate e-mail communication with me, please include the following code: CCGP06 along with the course designation (EGR 203) in the subject of any e-mails to me during the Fall 2006 semester.

Example: EGR203: Need help on polyphase circuits: CCGP06


OFFICE HOURS: MW 5-6pm,7:15-7:45pm; TTh 2:30-3:30pm, by appointment all other times


This course introduces the student to the theory of circuit analysis. This course studies concepts using complex analysis techniques that apply to the electrical engineering student and the general engineering student alike.

Circuit elements (resistors, capacitors, inductors, sources, and the like) and concepts will be examined from different perspectives that extend circuit analysis to the different engineering fields. This course will examine classical analysis techniques using Kirchoff's laws, mesh and nodal methods, phasor notation, superposition, the application of Thevenin's and Norton's theorem, and the like. Other topics will include transient analysis of first and second-order circuits, frequency response, polyphase circuits, two-port networks, amplifiers, and digital logic.

Analysis using different computer programs will be introduced for simple circuits. This introduction will serve as a primer for latter more advance courses in the junior and senior year of college.


MAT 246 Complete or concurrent; PHY 203 Completed


Upon successful completion of the course a student will be able to

  1. Describe and apply basic circuit laws to simple circuit problems.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to design and analyze a simple practical circuit.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to use complex analysis to understand a circuit and its elements.

  4. Use a circuit analysis software (Spice, PSpice, or similar product) or a general purpose programming language (MATLAB, Fortran, or a similar language) to analyze a simple circuit.

  5. Demonstrate the use of basic circuit techniques such as mesh analysis and the application of Thevenin's and Norton's theorem.

  6. Identify and describe circuit components, simple electronic circuits and their circuit models.


Principles and Applications of Electrical Engineering 5th Edition.  Rizzoni, Giorgio.  McGraw-Hill (2007).
Schaum's Outline of Electric Circuits 4th Edition.  Nahvi, Mahmood and Edminister, Joseph A.  McGraw-Hill (2003).


Pocket Book for Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists 2nd Edition .  Finkelstein, Leo.  McGraw-Hill (2005).
MATLAB Tutorial CD: Learning MATLAB Superfast .  Daku, Brian.  John Wiley & Sons (2005).


  1. Spice or PSpice software

  2. Pens, Pencils, Eraser, Straight edge, Paper, and Calculator are required for every class.


As with any class an amount of time at least equivalent to two times the credit hours is expected to be performed for homework and labs. Please allot sufficient time for homework.

Homework will be assigned each week including the first week.


Evaluation of student performance is to be based on:

  1. Unannounced quizzes and homework will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade. Homework consists of problem sets.

  2. Two (mid-term and final) comprehensive in-class test on circuit elements and circuit analysis will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade each.

  3. A four to five page report will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade. This report is to be an original individual work.


  1. Homework is due at the start of class (or before) except for in-class projects.

  2. Make-up homework, quizzes, and/or tests are up to the discretion of the teacher (excused absences only).


New topics are to be covered each week and include but are not limited to the following subjects. This outline is subject to change.

Week 1 Circuit Elements and Concepts

Week 2 Kirchoff's Laws

Week 3 Network Analysis

Week 4 AC Network Analysis

Week 5 Transient Analysis

Week 6 Amplifiers and Operational Amplifiers

Week 7 Frequency response and system concepts

Week 8 Polyphase circuits

Week 9 Two-Port Networks

Week 10 Circuit Analysis Using Computers; Pop-Quiz

Week 11 Semiconductors

Week 12 Semiconductors: Analog uses

Week 13 Semiconductors: Digital uses

Week 14 Digital Logic

Week 15 Survey of advanced electrical engineering topics

A new chapter should be read each week usually following the title of the topic above. Problems will be based off of the reading.

Quizzes will all be unannounced so be prepared.

Tests will be announced a week before and will depend on our progress in the classroom.


  1. Food and drink in limited quantities (snacks, not meals) are permitted in restricted areas (not near electronics) and will be revoked if proper cleanliness is found wanting.

  2. Cell phones must be in vibrate mode and are only to be answered for emergencies (step outside please).

  3. Common courtesy is to apply at all times.


Labor Day - College closed - No classes

Sat.-Mon., Sept. 2-4

Last day to apply for fall graduation

Friday, September 15

Last day to change from "audit to credit" or "credit to audit" for full-semester classes

Friday, September 29

Midterm - middle of semester; class will speed up

Wednesday, October 18

College Enrichment Day - No classes

Tuesday, October 24

Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes

Tuesday, November 21

Thanksgiving Break - No classes

Wed., November 22

College closed

Thurs.-Sun., November 23-26

Final exam period/last week of classes

Monday, December 11

Winter Break - College closed

Thurs.-Wed., December 21 - January 3

Registration begins (Engineers should register NOW)

Thursday January 8

Classes begin spring 2007

Monday January 29


No lab, however computer programming maybe done in class (CH-307) on the portable PCs during designated time periods.