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Karl F. Bohringer
E E 215
Seattle Campus

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

Introduction to electrical engineering. Basic circuit and systems concepts. Mathematical models of components. Kirchhoff's laws. Resistors, sources, capacitors, inductors, and operational amplifiers. Solution of first and second order linear differential equations associated with basic circuit forms. Prerequisite: either MATH 126 and MATH 307, which may be taken concurrently or MATH 136; PHYS 122.

Class description

Basic concepts of electrical circuit and systems.

Student learning goals

Mathematical models of components.

Kirchhoff's laws.

Resistors, sources, capacitors, inductors, and operational amplifiers.

Solution of first and second order linear differential equations associated with basic circuit forms.

General method of instruction

Format: The class consists of three weekly 1-hour lectures, one 2-hour recitation / lab session, weekly homework, two midterm exams and one final exam. The textbook is J. W. Nilsson and S. A Riedel, Electric Circuits 9th edition, Prentice Hall 2010.

Recommended preparation

Prerequisite: either MATH126 or MATH136; PHYS122.

Class assignments and grading

Grading: The grading in this course will be based on written homework, recitation problem solving, laboratory work and written examinations. The final grade will be computed as follows: •Homework 30% •Laboratory grade 20% •Exams 50% (midterm 1 15%, midterm 2 15%, final 20%)

Grading will be on a curve. In a recent class the mean was 3.2. For a 4.0, about 94% of the full credit was needed. 70% resulted in a 2.9, and 50% in a 2.0. This year's grade may be similar.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Karl F. Bohringer
Date: 03/20/2012