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EEC100 – Circuits II

5 units – Fall, Winter Quarters

Lecture: 3 hours

Discussion: 1 hour

Lab: 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 17 (C- or better)

Restrictions on Enrollment:

Restricted to the following majors: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering/Materials Science, Optical Science Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Graduate Students.

Credit Limitations:

Students who have completed Engineering 100 may receive 3.5 units of credit.

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

Theory, application and design of analog circuits. Methods of analysis including frequency response, SPICE simulation, and Laplace transform. Operational amplifiers and design of active filters.

Expanded Course Description:

  1. Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
    1. Response to sinusoidal source
    2. Phasors
    3. Impedance as a phasor representation of circuit elements
    4. Techniques of circuit analysis using phasor representations
  2. The Operational Amplifier
    1. Introduction to the operational amplifier
    2. The ideal operational amplifier
    3. Inverting, non-inverting, summing, and difference amplifiers
    4. Non-ideal models of operational amplifiers
  3. Passive and Active Filters
    1. The frequency response
    2. Passive low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and band-reject filters
    3. Active low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and band-reject filters
    4. The Butterworth filter
    5. Bode diagrams
  4. The Laplace Transform
    1. Definition of the Laplace transform
    2. Laplace transform of the step and the implulse functions
    3. Properties of the Laplace transform
    4. Inverse transforms and partial fraction expansion
    5. Techniques of circuit analysis using the Laplace transform
    6. The transfer function
    7. The impulse response and the convolution integral
  5. The Fourier Series
    1. Introduction to Fourier series of periodic signals
    2. The trigonometric Fourier series
    3. The complex Fourier series
    4. Fourier series in circuit analysis
  6. Two-Port Circuits
    1. Two-port parameters
    2. Analysis of two-port circuits
    3. Interconnected two-port circuits

Laboratory Projects:

  1. Introduction to the laboratory and the PSpice and Circuit Simulation (1 week): This is an introduction to laboratory procedures and to PSpice and circuit simulations.
  2. Circuit Response to Sinusoidal Excitation (1 week): The goal of this project is to acquaint students with the laboratory equipment and to investigate the response of a simple circuit to sinusoidal excitation.
  3. Passive Filters (2 weeks): The goal of this project is to investigate the frequency-domain characteristics of several passive circuits and to use PSpice to simulate the circuits.
  4. Operational Amplifiers and Active Filters (2 weeks): The goal of this project is to investigate various common circuits involving operational amplifiers. Students derive the transfer functions of the circuits and compare the derived functions for the ideal and non-ideal cases. They use PSpice to simulate the circuits. They also build the circuits, measure their frequency responses and compare them with the simulation results.
  5. Noise Reduction System (4 weeks): This project involves the design of a noise reduction system that meets given specifications. The design is comprised of a preemphasis filter and a deemphasis filter. Students simulate the designed circuit using PSpice and implement it. As part of the submitted report, they perform a cost analysis of the designed circuit.

Computer Usage:

As part of the homework assignments, students are required to run the circuit simulation program PSpice to compare computer simulation with analysis and measurements of implemented circuits.


  1. J. Nilsson and S. Riedel, Electric Circuits, Prentice Hall.
  2. C. Arft and G. Ford, Analog Electronic Circuits and Systems: Laboratory Manual, Kendall-Hunt.

Course Material Fees:

This course has a Course Material Fee. For more information on Course Material Fees in the ECE department, please click here.

Engineering Design Statement:

In lecture students are introduced to the iterative nature of engineering design. Examples are treated in which students begin with the defining of specifications, proceed to the proposing of creative solutions, analyze and evaluate those solutions against the specifications, and iterate as necessary to refine the solution to a workable, practical, cost-effective, and manufacturable result.

In homework, the students are given an opportunity to design simple circuits to meet certain specifications.

In the laboratory students carry out four organized laboratories aimed at learning the use of the equipment and some basic circuit designs. They carry out one major project in the design of noise reduction circuit. Students must define the specifications of the circuit and must carry out iterative design to refine the circuit to meet the specifications.

Relationship to Outcomes:

Students who have successfully completed this course should have achieved:

Course Outcomes ABET outcomes
An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering A
An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data B
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 C
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems E
An ability to communicate effectively G
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. K


Professional Component:

Engineering Foundation, Breadth, Laboratory

Engineering Science: 3 credits
Engineering Design: 2 credits