Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
ECE 320A -- Circuit Theory (3 units)
Description: Electric circuits in the frequency domain; using sinusoidal steady-state, Laplace and Fourier methods; single-phase and three-phase power; time domain methods and convolution; transformed networks; natural frequencies; poles and zeros; two-port network parameters; and Fourier series analysis.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Nilsson, James W. and Susan A. Riedel. Electric Circuits. 10th ed. Prentice Hall. 2015.
Course Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, the student will be able to:
- Calculate the complex power, in terms of real and reactive components, in single-phase sinusoidal, steady-state systems.
- Design a reactive load that improves a system’s power factor.
- Convert wye-connected reactive loads to delta-connected reactive loads and vice-versa.
- Solve for line currents, line voltages, phase currents, and phase voltages in arbitrarily interconnected balanced, three-phase circuits.
- Convert a given electrical circuit into its s-domain equivalent representation.
- Apply the Laplace Transform operator to generic waveforms and calculate the Inverse Laplace Transform of a given s-domain function.
- Solve for currents and voltages in generic RLC circuits.
- Model RLC circuits with transfer functions.
- Calculate the output waveform from an input waveform and a system’s transfer function.
- Apply the Initial Value and Final Value Theorems.
- Convolve two waveforms.
- Design simple passive frequency selective filters.
- Sketch the Bode diagrams associated with a transfer function.
- Design active frequency selective filters.
- Develop a Fourier Series expansion for a periodic waveform.
- Calculate, using the Fourier Series concept, a linear system’s output response when a periodic input waveform is applied to the linear system, if time permits.
- Sinusoidal steady-state power calculations (5 classes)
- Balanced three phase circuits (3 classes)
- Introduction to the Laplace Transform (4 classes)
- The Laplace Transform in circuit analysis (6 classes)
- Convolution (3 classes)
- Bode plots and frequency response (2 classes)
- Introduction to frequency-selective circuits (1 class)
- Active filter circuits (2 classes)
Two, 75-minute lecture sessions per week
Relationship to Student Outcomes:
ECE 320A contributes directly to the following specific Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Student Outcomes of the ECE department:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (High)
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability (Low)
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (High)
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context (Low)
Dr. Steven L. Dvorak, Dr. Hal Tharp