EE 211 Circuit I

Spring 2010


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Dr. Sen-ching Cheung (cheung at
Office 1: FPAT 687B FPAT (x7-9113)
Office hours: TTh 1-2 & 3:30-4:30 pm


Office 2: Room 831 VisCenter at Kentucky Utility Building (7-1257 ext. 80299)
Office hours: By appointment only

Teaching Assistant

Eric Dedrick (dedrick at

Tel: 859 (E-mail preferred)

Office hours: By appointment only


Lecture: TTh 2:00pm - 3:15pm (FPAT 263)

Recitation: F 2:00pm – 3:50pm (FPAT 263)

Final Examination: 5/6/2010, Thursday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (FPAT 263)

Course Description

Welcome to your first course in the ECE department! This course will cover the fundamental laws, principles and analysis techniques as well as the determination of steady-state and transient responses of DC and AC linear circuits consisting of both passive and active components.


The key to doing well in the course is consistent hard work. Plan on at least 9-12 hours of work outside of class to solve homework problems and study the course material. The material builds from fundamental concepts to more advanced analysis techniques. It is critical that students master the fundamentals in order to do well throughout the semester and in the future ECE courses


Expected outcomes of student learning

A student who has successfully completed this course should be able to:

1.      Analyze simple resistive circuits including those containing operational amplifiers and controlled sources with loop and nodal analysis.

2.      Analyze RLC circuits containing switches, independent sources, dependent sources, resistors, capacitors, inductors, and operational amplifiers for transient response using loop and nodal analysis.

3.      Analyze RLC circuits with sinusoidal excitation sources for steady-state response using loop and nodal analysis.

4.      Compute Thévenin and Norton equivalent circuits.

5.      Use SPICE (computer simulation package) to compute voltages, currents, transient responses, and sinusoidal steady-state responses.

EE211 Topics

1.         Basic Concepts (1 week)

2.         Basic Laws (1 weeks)

3.         Methods of Analysis (1 weeks)

4.         Circuit Theorems (1 weeks)

5.         Operational Amplifiers (1 week)

6.         Capacitors and Inductors (1 week)

7.         First-order circuits (2 week)

8.         Second-order circuits (2 weeks)

9.         Sinusoids and Phasors (1 week)

10.     Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis (1 week)

11.     AC Power Analysis (1 week)

12.     Three-phrase circuits (1 week)           



Your grade will be based on:




Highest 10 quizzes excluding quiz 0


Midterm 1


Midterm 2


Final Examination





The letter grade assignment is based on the following scale: from 100 to 90 pts => A, from 89 to 80 pts. => B, from 79 to 70 pts => C, from 60 to 69 pts. => D, from 59 to 0 pts. => E.   

Course Policy       

1.       Attending lecture is the most crucial component of learning. I will make the presentation as lively as possible, and notes will be available online in both our WWW and Blackboard sites. Prepare for each lecture by reading the chapters ahead.

2.       To enhance interactively and gauge learning, I will use the TurningPoint Audience Response system to poll answers on short concept questions during lecture. You will need to have a RF clicker to participate. Many of you have already had one from other classes. For those who do not have one, I encourage you to purchase one from bookstore but it is not mandatory.

3.       Recitation sessions will be conducted by the TA who will review material covered in lectures from Tuesday and Thursday before, provide help on homework problems and SPICE, as well as proctor quizzes and exams, 

4.       Two midterms and weekly quizzes will be given during the recitation sessions throughout the semester. Each student must complete all quizzes, midterms and final exams by her or his own efforts. All quizzes and exams are all closed book but cheat sheets are allowed during exams. Each student can use one scientific/engineering calculator without any networking capability. Solutions will be posted at our Blackboard site only.

5.       Cheat sheets: One doubled-sided cheat sheet is allowed for all quizzes and midterm 1; two doubled-sided for midterm 2 and three doubled-sided for the final.

6.       Weekly homework will be assigned at both our WWW and Blackboard sites and is due in class. You may discuss homework with your fellow students at the conceptual level, but must complete all calculations and write-up, from scrap to final form, on your own.

7.       Any copying of other people’s works (other students in the same class, students from previous semesters, solution manual, web, etc.) is forbidden.

8.       No late homework will be accepted.

9.       No makeup quiz or exam will be provided unless the absence is explained with proper documentation.

Required Text


Alexander and Sadiku, Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, Fourth edition, 2009, McGraw Hill.

(Coursesmart e-book) (Amazon) (Free but incomplete 3rd edition)

All assignments are based on the fourth edition and USING THE WRONG EDITION OF THE TEXT IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE EXCUSE for handing in solutions to wrong homework problems.



MA 114

Okay to be taken in concurrent: PHY 232, 242

Computing Requirements:

Students are expected to be familiar with computers. The PC’s on campus (engineering and Young Library computing labs) will be used to run SPICE circuit simulation software or you may download your own copy of SPICE. Free versions of B2SPICE or PSPICE are available to students:




Sen-ching Samson Cheung

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