Department of Physical Science and Engineering
Engineering Program
Welcome to Circuit Analysis!
EGR-2030 Circuit Analysis
Spring 2011

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


OTHER LOCATIONS: CH-100 (Department), the classroom (CAT-305) proper, or the Cyber Cafe

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


To facilitate e-mail communication with me, please include the following code: CCGP07 along with the course designation (EGR 2030) in the subject of any e-mails to me during the Spring 2011 semester.

Example: EGR2030: Need help on polyphase circuits: CCGP07



OFFICE HOURS: MW 5:30-6pm; M 7:15-9:30pm; TTh 5:45-6:30pm, by appointment all other times
Note: (part or all of the office hours might be in the classroom [CAT-305] as student questions warrant).


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

This course will examine classical analysis techniques of AC/DC circuits 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. Different tools to aid in the solution of circuits will be performed such as Laplace transformations, transfer functions in the solution of transient analysis, and FFTs for signal analysis.

Analysis using different computer simulation techniques will be introduced for a variety of circuits. This introduction will serve as a primer for latter more advanced courses in the junior and senior year of college. Some design of circuit boards and testing will also be required in this course.

Since circuit analysis is a general concept in engineering, this course will examine throughout the semester circuit elements (resistors, capacitors, inductors, sources, etc.) and their underlying concepts extending circuit analysis to all the different scientific and engineering fields.

Team work along with communication skills (oral, written, and graphical) are exercised throughout the course.


MAT-2460 Complete or concurrent; PHY-2030 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 use of basic circuit techniques such as mesh analysis, nodal analysis, superposition, divider rules, the application of Thevenin's and Norton's theorem, and load-line analysis.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to design and analyze a simple practical circuit including drawing the circuit, wiring the circuit, and troubleshooting.

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

  5. Demonstrate the ability to use transient analysis techniques for both first and second-order circuits.

  6. Demonstrate the use of transfer functions including the solution of general transient problems.

  7. Use a circuit analysis software (Spice-based simulator, or similar product) or a general purpose programming language (MATLAB, Fortran, or a similar language) to analyze a simple circuit.

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

  9. Demonstrate the ability to use and understand basic testing and measurement equipment in the analysis of simple circuits. Understanding limitations of the equipment and components is implied in that analysis.

  10. Demonstrate the ability to understand specification sheets.

  11. Identify and describe the connections of circuit analysis to other engineering disciplines showing the mathematical equivalence.


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 3rd Edition .  Finkelstein, Leo.  McGraw-Hill (2007).
MATLAB DeMystified.   McMahon, David.  McGraw-Hill (2007).


  1. Spice-based


  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 assigned 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 multipage report will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade. This report is to be an original individual work. No sharing of work. A grade of zero will be given to anyone who copies their projects. All work is subject to re-grade if academic dishonesty is suspected. Turn work in on time.


Students are expected to attend and participate in class activities. Students who either never attended the class or who ceased attendance during the first 20 percent of the course will be assigned a "Q" grade by the instructor. The Q grade is a final grade and will not be replaced with a different grade at a later time.

Faculty are required to report the date of last attendance for each student receiving Q or F grade(s) in order for the college to report this date to a variety of federal agencies as mandated. The date of last attendance is considered the date of the student's termination from the course, regardless of the date of grade submission. Early termination from a course may result in reduction in student loans and financial aid (e.g., Pell, VA benefits) and may require the student to reimburse funds to the funding agency.


  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 Transient Analysis

Week 12 Semiconductors

Week 13 Semiconductors: Analog uses

Week 14 Semiconductors: Digital uses; 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.


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Last day to apply for spring graduation

Tuesday, February 15

Last day to change from audit to credit or credit to audit

Friday, February 18

COLLEGE CLOSED: No classes - President's Day.

Monday, February 21

Midterm - middle of semester; class will speed up

Monday, April 2

Last day to withdraw from full semester classes

Friday, April 15

Spring break. COLLEGE CLOSED for the week. No classes.

Monday-Sunday, April 18 to April 24

Last Day of regular classes for the Spring Semester

Monday, May 9

Final exam

Monday, May 16


No lab in this course, however computer programming maybe done in class (CAT-305) on the portable PCs during designated time periods. There is a separate lab course associated with this course, EGR 245 (last offered Summer 2007) - canceled this semester due to insufficient enrollment.