Cleveland State University

                                                  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


                                                            EEC 310  ELECTRIC CIRCUITS I




Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Pre- or co-requisite:               ESC250, Differential Equations for Engineers


Textbook:                               Charles K. Alexander and Mathew N. O. Sadiku, Fundamentals

                                                            of Electric Circuits, Mc-Graw Hill, 4th Edition, 2008.


References:                            James W. Nilsson and Susan Riedel, Electric Circuits, Addison-Wesley.


                                                J. David Irwin and Chwan-Hwa Wu,  Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis,

                                                            Prentice Hall.


                                                Richard Dorf and James Svoboda,  Introduction to Electric Circuits,

                                                            John Wiley & Sons.


Instructor:                                          Charles Alexander, Office: SH 336

                                                            Telephone: 216-687-2538


Office Hours: M and W 1:45 to 2:45 and 5:50 to 6:30, other times by appointment.


E&CE Department                            Campus Address: SH 332; Telephone: (216) 687-2589           

and Web Page Information:              IEEE/HKN Student Lounge:  SH 347

                                                            E&CE Web Page URL:


Course Objectives:                At the end of this course the student should understand the concepts of electric current, voltage and power and be able to (i) solve multiloop and multinode DC resistive circuits, and (ii) use network theorems to simplify the solution of these circuits.  The student should also understand the basic principles of circuits and circuit analysis in the s-domain including transfer functions, state-variables, and power.  The student should also be able to use Laplace transforms to solve for the transient behavior of circuits containing  R, L, and C elements.  Finally, the student should be able to use a computer-aided design tool for circuit analysis of DC, AC, and transient circuits.






EEC 310, Fall Semester 2008                                         -2-         



    Week                                                          Topics                                                            Reading                        



            1                      Introduction; Units; Charge and Current;                                               1.1- 5      

(Jan 21)                        Voltage; Power and Energy.                                                

                                    Circuit Elements; Ohm’s and Kirchhoff's           laws                             1.6 - 9                         


 (Jan 26&28)                Series Resistors and Voltage Division;                                       2.1- 6

                                    Parallel Resistors and Current Division.                                            


            3                      Nodal Analysis and Mesh Analysis;                                                       3.1- 5,7  

(Feb 2&4)                    Circuit Analysis with PSpice.                                                                 3.8, App. D.


            4                      Circuit Theorems: Linearity, Superposition,                                4.1- 8,

(Feb 9&11)                  Source Transformations, Thevenin’s and                                               10,11

                                    Norton’s Theorems, Max Power Transfer.                               


            5                      February 16, President’s Day, school closed.

(Feb 18)                       Op Amps                                                                                             5.1-11     


            6                      Lots of circuit analysis                                                               1, 2, 3, 4, 5

(Feb 23&25)                                                                                                 



(March 2&4)                Lots of circuit analysis                                                               1, 2, 3, 4, 5          


            8                      Lots of circuit analysis                                                               1, 2, 3, 4, 5

(March 9&11)              Exam #1 on March 11th                                                                    


Spring break, March 14th through the 20th.


            9                      Capacitors and Inductors.                                                                     6.1- 5,7

 (March 23&25)                                  



            10                    First order circuits                                                                                 7.1-10

(March 30 & April 1)              


           11                     Introduction to the Laplace Transform and                                            15.1-7

(April 6&8)                              Applications of the Laplace Transform                          16.1-7


            12                    Introduction to the Laplace Transform                                       15.1-7

(April 13&15)                          Applications of the Laplace Transform                          16.1-7



            13                    Applications of the Laplace Transform                                      16.1-7

(April 20&22)
EEC 310, Fall Semester 2008                          -3-           


    Week                                                          Topics                                                             Reading                        


            14                    Review

(April 27&29)              Exam #2 on November 26th


            15                    Application of the Laplace Transform                                        16.4-7

 (May 4&6)                 


This Course Fulfills the Following Electrical Engineering Program Objectives and Outcomes



1)    practice electrical engineering in one or more of the following areas: communications computers, controls, power electronics, and power systems

2)    define and diagnose problems, and provide and implement electrical engineering solutions in an industrial environment



(a)     an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to

      general electrical engineering and, in particular, to one or more of the following

      areas: communications, computers, controls, power electronics, and power  


(b)    an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs

     (k)  an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modem engineering tools necessary  

      for electrical engineering practice


Homework Assignments


Homework problems have been assigned separately, but they will not be collected nor graded. It is very important that you do homework on a regular basis, and that you complete the problems for each topic area.  In addition, please feel free to ask how to solve the homework problems in class.

                                                                        Grade Determination


·        7 unannounced quizzes (4 highest for( 33 1/3)%).

·        2 scheduled tests ((66 2/3)%).

·        Final exam (50%).


As you may have guessed, the final is optional.  If you choose to take it, I will take the two higher of the quizzes and two exams for 25% each plus the final (25%+25%+50%).


Make-Up Exams and Quizzes

Since we have such flexible testing, there will not be any makeup exams or quizzes.  Your grade will be based on the work that you have completed. 

Final Exam


Monday, May 11, 2009, from 4 to 6PM.