PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Department of Physical Science and Engineering
Engineering Program
Welcome to Circuit Analysis!
EGR-2030 Circuit Analysis
LD01
Spring 2014

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

OFFICE: CAT-229R

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)

E-MAIL ADDRESS : sdjohnson@pgcc.edu

To facilitate e-mail communication with me, please include the following information: The course designation (EGR-2030) and the subject of any e-mails to me during the Spring 2014 semester. Note: All credit students (with the exception of Howard Community College students enrolled at Laurel College Center) are required to use Owl Mail for all college communication.

Example: EGR-2030: Need help on polyphase circuits

ENGINEERING PROGRAM'S WEB PAGE: http://academic.pgcc.edu/engineering/

PROFESSOR'S WEB PAGE: http://academic.pgcc.edu/~sjohnson

OFFICE HOURS: MW 4:00-4:30pm and 5:45-6:15pm; TTh 5:45-7:30pm, by appointment all other times

Note: Part or all of the office hours might be in the classroom (CAT-305) as student questions warrant.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

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.

CREDIT HOUR EXPLANATION:

In the Engineering program at Prince George's Community College, for all credit course, students are expected to spend a minimum of 45 combined hours of instructional time and related coursework time per credit hour. This course is a 4 credit course with a portion of that credit being laboratory. This course achieves the minimum of 180 hours of instructional time by requiring 35 hours of instructional time, 20 hours of laboratory time and 125 hours of student work outside of instructional time. Minimum outside instructional time assumes the student is aiming for a C, not an A.

PREREQUISITES:

MAT-2460 Complete or concurrent; PHY-2030 Completed

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Students passing this course will be able to accomplish all of the outcomes listed below.
  • Students will demonstrate their attainment of these outcomes through the planned assessments. So, for each course learning outcome, indicate briefly the planned assessment tools, such as cases, essay, multiple choice questions, etc.
  • Courses seeking general education status must address all pertinent general education outcomes in the below alignment.

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


Course Outcome

Program Outcome #

CLO-A#

Planned Assessment

Describe and apply basic circuit laws to simple circuit problems.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

1,3,4,5,6,7

Homework and examination

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.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

1,3,4,5,6,7

Homework and examination

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

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

1,3,4,5,6,7

Homework and examination

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

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

1,3,4,5,6,7

Homework and examination

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

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

1,3,4,5,6,7

Homework and examination

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

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

1,3,4,5,6,7

Homework and examination

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.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

16

Homework and examination

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

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

1,3,4,5,6,7

Homework and examination

Demonstrate the ability to design and analyze circuits with signal amplifiers and operational amplifiers.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

1,3,4,5,6,7

Homework and examination

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.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

1,3,4,5,6,7,9,15,16

Homework (labs)

Demonstrate the ability to understand specification sheets.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

1,3,4,15

Homework and examination

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

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

5,7,8,9

Homework and examination

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:

Principles and Applications of Electrical Engineering 5th Edition.  Rizzoni, Giorgio.  McGraw-Hill (2007).
Schaum's Outline of Electric Circuits 6th Edition.  Nahvi, Mahmood and Edminister, Joseph A.  McGraw-Hill (2003).

RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

Pocket Book for Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists 3rd Edition .  Finkelstein, Leo.  McGraw-Hill (2007).
Getting Started with MATLAB: A Quick Introduction for Scientists and Engineers.   Pratap, Rudra.  Oxford University Press (2009).

OTHER REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS:

  1. Spice-based

    software

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

OUTSIDE CLASS REQUIREMENTS:

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.

GRADING CRITERIA:

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. Copying homework or quizzes is considered cheating and will result in a zero.

  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. Copying from another student during a test is considered cheating and will result in a zero.

  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.

The scale used for grades in this class is the "Modern Standard Grading Scale" as defined in the COLLEGE RESOURCES and SERVICES link below.

Q GRADES:

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.

HOW ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED

  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).

COURSE OUTLINE

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.

CLASSROOM POLICIES

  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.

IMPORTANT DATES:


SNOW DAY: No classes

Tuesday, January 21

SNOW DAY: No classes

Wednesday, January 22

SNOW DAY: No classes

Thursday, February 13

SNOW DAY: No classes

Friday, February 14

Last day to apply for spring graduation

Friday, February 14

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

Friday, February 14

COLLEGE CLOSED: No classes - President's Day.

Monday, February 17

SNOW DAY: No classes

Monday, March 3

SNOW DAY: No classes

Monday, March 17

Midterm - middle of semester; class will speed up

Wednesday, March 12 March 19

Last day to withdraw from full semester classes

Friday, April 11 Monday, April 21

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

Monday-Sunday, April 14 to April 20

Science and Engineering Festival (extra credit)

Friday-Saturday, January 25-27

Last Day of regular classes for the Spring Semester

Monday, May 5 Friday, May 9

Final exam

Monday, May 12 May 12

LAB INFORMATION:

The lab in this course will be run out of EGR 2450. This course includes a lab in itself. Both labs will be combined for the foreseeable future.

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