Engineering 201

 Electric Networks I

(Analog Circuit Analysis)

What you need to know to get through this class.

General Information:
Lecture Room: Berndt Hall 610
Class Times: MWF 9:35-10:45

Charles L. Hakes
Office : Berndt 630
Office phone: 247-7242 (However, this is not the best way to contact me.)
Probable office hours: MWF 10:55-12:15, or right after class.
e-mail: (This is the best way to contact me)

Web Site:


Text: Electric Circuits,  by Nilsson and Riedel, 9th Edition.

Catalog Description: An introduction to engineering circuit analysis. Topics include the study of linear circuit elements (resistors, capacitors, inductors, operational amplifiers), linear circuits, Kirchoff's laws, methods of analysis, RL, RC and RLC circuits, phasors, sinusoidal steady state response, average value RMS values and power in AC circuits. (3-0) 

Course Objective: Engineering 201 Electrical Networks I is a foundational course in analog circuit analysis. It provides the basis for a world of exploration in electronics and electrical engineering. We cover the range of common passive circuit elements (resistors, capacitors, and inductors) and discover the laws and techniques for analyzing circuits composed from these basic elements. We will use analytical techniques from algebra and calculus to solve increasingly complex problems.

Pre-requisites: MATH 222.  (Calculus II)

Required Course: 3 credit hours (lecture)

Course Outcomes: (with corresponding FLC ABET Outcomes):
(1)    Obtain and demonstrate a thorough understanding of basic electrical circuits and components, including Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Laws, and the behavior of resistors, capacitors and inductors in circuits. (Outcome 2 and 3).
(2)    Demonstrate the use of linear algebra techniques to solve simultaneous equations for circuit analysis.  Demonstrate the use of differential equations to solve natural and step response of LR, RC, and LRC circuits. (Outcome 2, 3 and 4).
(3)    Students will work together in small groups to solve and present problems to the professor.  (Outcome 1 and 5).

FLC ABET Outcomes:
(1)     Our students will have experienced a core of humanities, social sciences, and communications and demonstrate the use of this core to support the technical content of their engineering curriculum.
(2)     Our students will become competent in fundamental math/basic science subjects, which include:
•   Calculus through ordinary differential equations.
•   Chemistry and calculus based physics
•   Laboratory experiences in the physical sciences
(3)     All graduating engineering students will be competent in a group of core engineering fundamentals.  These include Computer Aided Design, Programming, Electric Networks, Statics, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Measurements and Instrumentation, Mechanics of Materials, Material Science, Fluid Mechanics, and Computational Methods.
(4)     Upper level engineering students will have had the opportunity to demonstrate depth in a discipline specific area and/or prepare themselves for graduate education. 
(5)     All engineering students will be proficient in engineering design and demonstrate design competence through a capstone experience focused on the following:
•   Designing a project, device, system, or process incorporating engineering standards and realistic constraints that include standard engineering and non-engineering considerations such as economic, environmental and manufacturability.  When appropriate ethical, health and safety, social, global, and political considerations will be addressed.
•   Written and verbal communication
•   Using design methodology, computer applications, computer aided design tools, and/or experimental apparatus that are modern and appropriate to the discipline
•   Working effectively in a team environment.
(6)     All engineering students will be laboratory and computer proficient with current laboratory and computer methods.


•    Ohm’s Law
•    Kirchhoff’s Laws
•    Voltage and Current Division
•    Node-Voltage and Mesh-Current Methods
•    Thevenin and Norton Equivalent Circuits
•    Natural and Step Responses of RL, RC, and LRC Circuits
•    Phasors and Frequency Domain
•    Sinusoidal and Steady State Power
•    RMS and Complex Power

Homework Requirement:  This is a problem solving class.  You must know how to solve problems to do the homeworks and pass the tests.  The only way to become proficient is to practice.  So... there will be homework from every chapter we cover in class.  The homework doesn't count as much as the tests, but you will find the tests rather difficult if you have not done the homework.  Homework problems will be graded via the Peason MasteringEngineering Web Site.  You must have and on-line account to submit homework problems. 

Withdrawing from Class: The last day to withdraw from this class with a "CW" is according to Fort Lewis policy and posted on the FLC Academic Calendar.

Academic (dis)honesty:  Any incidents of cheating on quizzes or exams will result in being reported to the office of academic affairs, and an F for the course.  (I may soften that penalty only if circumstances warrant it, at my discretion.)  I do encourage you to work together to discuss the homework, but your written answer must be in your own wordsDon't Copy!  Unacceptable collaboration on a homework assignment will result in a score of zero for the entire assignment.  Answer in your own words in order to actually learn something!

Accessibility: Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to fully participate in course activities or meet course requirements must register with Disability Services Office, 280 Noble Hall, 247-7459.  If you qualify for services, bring your letter of accommodations to me during office hours as soon as possible.

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