EE 211 Circuit I

Spring 2014





This course has an external class page at

All the course contents will be posted onto the internal Blackboard (Bb) site


Professor: Dr. Sen-ching Cheung (cheung at



Room 217 Marsbury Bldg (218-0299)

MW 8a – 12p

Teaching Assistant: NkirukaNikkyUzuegbunam (nkirukauzuegbunam at



FPAT 462

TTh 10:30a-12p



Class Schedule


Lecture:          TTh     2:00 – 3:15pm (RMB 323)

Recitation:      F          2:00 – 3:50pm (FPAT 259)

Final:              5/8, Thursday, 1:00 – 3:00pm (RMB 323)


Course Description


Welcome to your first course in the ECE department! This course will cover the fundamental laws, principles and analysis techniques for circuit analysis. This skill allows us to understand and design any circuits. Circuit analysis and simulation tools are extremely important to the success of microchip manufacturers like Intel and Texas Instruments. Initial circuit analysis involves only sources and resistors.  Linear systems of equations are used to solve problems during the second phase.  Energy storage elements (capacitors and inductors) are introduced next. Transient analysis of circuits follows and the course ends with sinusoidal steady state problems and complex phasor analysis.


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 study course material, work on homework problems and prepare pre-lab assignments. 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


Tentative Syllabus


Week 1

Introduction; SI Units; Static vs. Dynamic Electricity; Current and Voltage

Week 2

Passive Sign Convention; Power Conservation; Basic Circuit Components; Circuit Topology

Week 3

Ohm’s Law; Kirchoff’s Laws

Week 4

Equivalent Resistance;  Nodal & Mesh Analysis

Week 5

Review & Exam 1

Week 6

Linear System; Superposition; Source Transformation

Week 7

Thevenin & Norton Theorems; Maximum Power Transfer

Week 8

Operational Amplifier

Week 9

Capacitor & Inductor

Week 10

Review & Exam 2

Week 11

Dynamic Systems; Forced and Natural Responses; Differential Equation; First-order Systems

Week 12

Second-order Systems

Week 13

Complex Number; Complex Sinusoids; Phasor Representation; AC Steady State Analysis

Week 14

Impedance and Admittance; General Nodal & Mesh Analysis; General Equivalent Circuits

Week 15

Review & Final Exam


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.     Compute Thévenin and Norton equivalent circuits.

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

4.     Analyze alternate current circuits with sinusoidal excitation sources for steady-state response using loop and nodal analysis.

5.     Use circuit simulator to compute voltages, currents, transient responses, and sinusoidal steady-state responses.

6.     Build and analyze basic circuits with multimeter, oscilloscope, and signal generator.


Your grade will be based on:


Online lecture quiz




Lab assignments


Exam 1


Exam 2


Final Examination





The numerical score is computed using the above weighting system.  The A's will be in the 90's, B's in the 80's, etc., unless, in my opinion, the difficulty of the material/tests justifies curving the grades.  Numerical scores will not be adjusted for external circumstances.  Any requests for reviewing homework/quiz/test grades must be made by the second class period after the homework/quiz/test is returned to you.  Attach a note outlining the grading concern.

Course Policy       

1.      Word load (organized week-by-week under Course Content in the Bb course shell)

·       Reading assignment   – Must be completed before the lecture

·       Pre-lecture video        – Quick intro of material to be covered in the lecture.

·       Lecture quiz               – Online quiz on Bb after each lecture, and must be completed by the end of the lecture day.

·       Homework                  – Weekly homework and pre-lab assignment, due at recitation session.

·       Lab Assignment          – Demonstrated during recitation session.

·       Examinations              – Two midterms and a final will be given in class. One doubled-sided cheat sheet and a calculator are allowed.


2.      No late work, makeup lab-demo and exams will be given unless the instructor is notified within a 24-hour window and is provided with a written explanation with support documents.


3.      Blackboard:

Blackboard will be used for class announcements (via Bb’s email system), lecture quiz, homework assignments, and discussions. It is the responsibility of every student in this class to keep track of changes in the Blackboard system. All announcements made in Blackboard are considered official after 24 hours. Unaware of official announcement is not an excuse for anything, including doing the wrong homework problem, late homework, missing quizzes, etc.


4.      Honor code:

Each student must complete all quizzes, midterms and final exams by her or his own efforts. 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. Any form of cheating and/or plagiarism on graded material will not be tolerated. Offenses will be prosecuted according to STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES ( 

Required Material

Every student must get the following material (no sharing please):




There is no official textbook but a class note package will be available at Kennedy Bookstore. If you want save a few trees, all the material will be available online on the lecture page.


Windows 7 or up (recommended) or Mac OS X (okay)

Digilent Analog Discovery bundled with Analog Parts Kit

USB Oscilloscope and Signal Generator plus the parts kit needed for laboratory assignment (student price: $148.99)

Digital Multimeter

Should be similar in spec to this one at Digilent (price: $32.99)



MA 114                                   Solving system of linear equations

Trigonometric, Exponential and Logarithm functions

Basic differentiation and integration

Polar coordinates and basic complex numbers


Okay to be taken in concurrent


PHY 232, 242                         Electricity, Magnetism and Light


Sen-ching Samson Cheung

Last modified: 12/24/13