**Master Course Description**

**No: **EE 233

**Title: **CIRCUIT THEORY

**Credits: **5 (4 lecture - 1 laboratory)

**Coordinator: **Linda Bushnell, Research Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

**Goals:** To learn
how to analyze electric circuits in the frequency domain; to calculate power
for electric circuits; to recognize and analyze common filters such as
low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and band-reject both for passive and active
circuits; to learn how to use laboratory instruments such as the function
generator, oscilloscope and multimeter for analyzing
electric circuits that you build in the laboratory; to learn how to use MultiSim; to learn how to write a lab report on your
experiments; to prepare students for more advanced courses in circuit analysis
and design.

**Learning Objectives:** At the end of this course, students will
be able to:

*Identify*linear circuits, passive and active filters.*Develop analytical models*for circuits in the frequency domain by using Kirchhoff's current and voltage laws, Ohm's law, mesh analysis, nodal analysis, Thevenin and Norton equivalents, phasor, and Laplace Transform techniques.*Analyze*linear circuits and passive and active filters with sinusoidal inputs.*Design*simple circuits and passive and active filters to meet given specifications.*Derive*the power generated/absorbed in a circuit when there are sinusoidal inputs.*Use*MultiSim to verify the results of frequency domain circuit analysis.*Measure*basic signal parameters (amplitude, frequency, etc.) using basic laboratory instruments: oscilloscope, power supply, function generator, and multimeter.

**Textbooks: **J.W. Nilsson and S.A. Riedel, *Electric
Circuits,* 9th Edition. Prentice Hall, 2010.

**Prerequisites by Topic:**

- DC circuit analysis (EE 215)
- Transient analysis of electric circuits in the time
domain (EE 215)
- Solution of first and second order linear differential
equations
- Manipulation of complex numbers

**Topics:**

- Sinusoidal sources and responses, Phasors, network
theorems (2 weeks, Ch 9)
- Average and Reactive power, complex power, power factor
(1 week, Ch 10)
- Laplace transformation techniques (2 weeks, Ch. 12)
- Circuit analysis with Laplace Transforms, transfer
functions (1 week, Ch 13)
- Passive filters (2 weeks, Ch. 14)
- Active filters (2 weeks, Ch
15)
- Basic EE laboratory, components, instrumentation and
simulation (in Laboratory section)

**Course Structure:** Lecture (3 hours / week), Quiz (2 hours /
week), Laboratory (3 hours / week). Weekly homework. Weekly quizzes. Three exams in class (two
midterms and one final). Hands-on lab exam at the end
of the quarter.

**Computer Resources:** Use of MultiSim
simulation software for analysis of electrical circuits related to the content
of the laboratory.

**Laboratory:** At the end of the quarter, each student is
required to take an individual hands-on exam in the Laboratory to demonstrate
sufficient knowledge in using the instruments. Representative topics of the
experiments are listed below.

- Introduction to laboratory instruments (power supply, multimeter, function generator, oscilloscope).
- Step input response of RC circuits. Report required.
- AC steady state analysis of RC and RLC circuits,
frequency response, simple filters. Report required.
- Operational amplifiers in both time and frequency
domains. Report required.
- Design and analysis of simple and more complex filters.
Report required.

**Grading:** 20%
Homework, 20% Laboratories, 5% Lab Test, 5% Quizzes, 25% Two Midterms, 25%
Final Exam

**Outcome coverage:** (a)* An
ability to apply math, science and engineering knowledge.* The vast
majority of the lectures, homework, quizzes, and
laboratories deal with the application of circuit theory to analyze and design linear
passive circuits, passive filters, and active op amp filters. Mathematical
formulations are commonplace throughout the course. Relevance: H.

(b)* An ability
to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.* All
of the laboratory experiments require students to build circuits, collect data,
and analyze data to demonstrate that the circuits perform as designed.
Relevance: L.

(e) *An ability
to identify, formulate, and solve engineering
problems. *The homework and laboratory experiments involve solving
engineering problems identified in the assignments or in the experiment
descriptions. Relevance: M.

(g) *An ability
to communicate effectively.* Students are required to write and submit
laboratory report for each experiment. The body of the lab report must include
the following sections: abstract, introduction, lab procedure, experimental
results, analysis of results, conclusions, team roles, appendix.
Relevance: L.

(k)* An ability
to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for
engineering practice.* Students use Matlab or
a similar software tool to solve homework problems. Students use MultiSim to simulate circuits built in the laboratory.
Relevance: H.

**Prepared By:** Linda Bushnell

**Last Revised:** 10/15/2012