ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering
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ECE 3054 Electrical Theory

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ECE 3054 Electrical Theory (3C)

For students in curricula other than ECE. Fundamentals of electric circuits: circuit laws and network theorems, operational amplifiers, energy storage elements, response of first and second order systems, AC steady state analysis.

What is the reason for this course?

This course is designed as an introductory course to the fundamental principles of electrical engineering for students not majoring in electrical or computer engineering. It is necessary to grasp the material in this course in order to continue in the other ECE courses designed for non-electrical engineers (e.g., 3254). This course introduces the basic circuit elements and teaches modeling and analysis skills. Having completed this course, the student should be familiar with the laws and theorems of network analysis and should have sufficient background to continue in more advanced courses dealing with electronics, controls, instrumentation, and rotating machinery.

Taught for non-majors. Typically offered: Fall, Spring. Program Area: Circuits and General.

Prerequisites: PHYS 2306. Corequisites: MATH 2214.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

This course requires Physics 2306, which provides the student with the basic current and voltage concepts which are necessary in circuit analysis. Mathematics 2214 is a corequisite because circuit analysis requires that the student know how to solve linear, constant coefficient forced and un-forced differential equations. Mathematics 2214 is a corequisite rather than a prerequisite because this differential equations material is not required until the middle of the semester.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • Analyze the steady state and transient response of simple electric circuits
  • Analyze a general class of electric circuits with R, L, and C components.
  • Develop the Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits
  • Use differential equations to solve basic circuit problems.
  • Obtain the frequency response (transfer) function for simple circuits

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
Circuit variables and elements 10%
Resistive circuit laws 10%
Nodal and mesh analysis 10%
Circuit theorems 10%
Operational amplifiers 10%
Energy storage elements (L and C) 10%
First and second order circuits 10%
AC steady state analysis 10%
AC power 10%
Frequency response and filters 10%

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