Elements of Electrical Engineering
Fall, Spring
Catalog Data: 

ECE 207 -- Elements of Electrical Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Current and voltage dividers. Resistors, capacitors, inductors. Node voltage and mesh current analysis of circuits. Thevenin and Norton equivalents. AC circuits, phasors, impedance. Electromagnetic fields, electric power, transformers, magnetic materials, generators and motors. Operational amplifiers, Elements of digital circuits. Sensors and measurements of physical quantities.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E..
Special exam:  course may be taken by special exam for credit (not for grade).
Usually offered:  Fall and Spring.

PHYS 241. Prerequisite or concurrently enrolled in: MATH 254

Electrical Engineering: Principles & Applications, 5th Edition, by Allan R. Hambley, Prentice Hall, 2011.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Solve a resistive network that is excited by an AC or a DC source. 
  2. Solve first-order circuits involving resistors and a capacitor or an inductor.
  3. Derive the differential equations associated with a circuit containing one or two energy storage elements. 
  4. Derive the complex impedance associated with a resistive, inductive, and capacitive load. 
  5. Use the ideal op-amp properties to derive the transfer function of an op-amp circuit. 
  6. Select a current limiting resistor in an LED circuit. 
  7. Create a transistor-based circuit to supply the necessary current to power a DC motor. 
  8. Analyze a circuit containing one or more diodes. 
  9. Determine the output of a collection of logic gates for a given input pattern. 
  10. Analyze an AC circuit containing resistors, inductors, and capacitors. 
  11. State the current/voltage relationships of resistors, inductors, and capacitors. 
  12. Analyze a circuit containing a transformer. 
  13. Design a low-pass filter with a particular bandwidth. 
  14. Convert between decimal numbers and binary numbers.
Course Topics: 
  • Circuits, Currents, and Voltages 
  • Power and Energy 
  • Kirchhoff's Current Law and Voltage Law 
  • Resistive Circuits
  • Inductance and Capacitance
  • First-Order Transients
  • Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
  • Operational Amplifiers
  • Diodes
  • Transistors (time permitting)
  • Magnetic Circuits and Transformers (time permitting)
  • DC Machines (time permitting)
  • Logic (time permitting)
Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Two 90-minute lecture sessions per week.
Approximately ten course Assignments/Homework
Three one-hour tests    
Comprehensive final examination 

Relationship to Student Outcomes: 

a)  an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (High)
b)  an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret
     data (High)
c)  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 (High)

Prepared by: 
Dr. Hal Tharp
Prepared Date: 

University of Arizona College of Engineering