University of Wisconsin Madison
Circuit Analysis (E C E 230) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    Students completing this course will master analysis of physical circuits through the use of Kirchhoff's laws and ideal circuit element models.
  • 2
    Strong emphasis is placed on the formulation of nodal equations for linear resistive circuits as a foundation, but generalizations necessary for handling nonlinear elements are also highlighted.
  • 3
    Consequences of linearity are emphasized through superposition and Thevenin/Norton equivalents.
  • 4
    Transient analysis of second order circuits with unit step inputs and switched dc sources is emphasized to promote understanding of time-domain linear circuit response.
  • 5
    For linear circuits excited with sinusoidal sources, phasor and frequency domain analysis techniques for determining steady state response are emphasized.
  • 6
    Application of complex power calculations is also highlighted.
  • 7
    Finally, students will master concepts of coupled inductors and transformers as an illustration of the general two-port concept.
Circuit Analysis
E C E 230 ( 4 Credits )
Kirchhoff's laws, resistive circuits, equivalent circuits using Thevenin-Norton theories, small signal analysis, dc operating point, first-order circuits, second-order circuits, SPICE and circuit simulation methods, sinusoidal steady state, phasors, poles and zeros of network functions, ideal transformed linear and non-linear two-port networks.
Math 222, Physics 202
College: College of Engineering
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Text book, title, author, and year
Fundamentals of Electric Circuits + Connects Code, 5th Edition; Alexander/Sadiku; 5th; 2011
Supplemental Materials
Required / Elective / Selected Elective
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Program Specific Student Outcomes
Brief List of Topics to be Covered
  1. Basic circuit elements, Kirchhoff's Laws, dependent source op-amp model.
  2. Nodal and Mesh analysis methods
  3. Linearity, superposition, Thevenin/Norton equivalents
  4. Inductor and capacitor ideal elements; duality; examples of nonlinear L's & C's
  5. Natural response R-C & R-L circuits; unit step and forced response for R-L & R-C
  6. Natural response series & parallel R-L-C circuits; unit step forced response
  7. Sinusoidal forcing function; phasor concept; impedance & admittance; complex power
  8. Complex frequency & frequency response; series & parallel resonance
  9. Mutual inductance, linear transformer; two-port networks
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