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ENG17 – Circuits 1

4 units – Fall and Spring Quarters

Lecture: 3 hours

Discussion: 1 hour

Prerequisites: PHY 9C (C- or better) or PHY 9HD, MAT 22A (C- or better), MAT 22B (may be taken concurrently)

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

Basic electric circuit analysis techniques, including electrical quantities and elements, resistive circuits, transient and steady-state responses of RLC circuits, sinusoidal excitation and phasors, and complex frequency and network functions.

Expanded Course Description:

  1. Foundations of Electric Circuits and Circuit Elements
    1. Concepts of charge, current, voltage, power, and energy
    2. Reference directions and circuit connections
    3. Active and passive circuit elements
    4. Resistors and Ohm’s Law
    5. Independent sources
    6. Dependent sources
    7. The Ideal Operational Amplifier
    8. Kirchoff’s voltage law
    9. Kirchoff’s current law
  2. Resistive Circuit Analysis
    1. Series and parallel circuits
    2. Node-voltage analysis
    3. Mesh-current analysis
  3. Circuit Theorems
    1. Source transformation
    2. Superposition
    3. Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits
    4. Maximum Power trasfer
  4. Energy Storage Elements
    1. Capacitors and energy stored in a capacitor
    2. Inductors and energy stored in an inductor
    3. Series-parallel connections of inductors and capacitors
  5. Response of RC and RL Circuits
    1. First order circuits
    2. Step response of first order circuits to a non-constant source
    3. Transient versus steady-state analysis
  6. Response of Circuits with Two Energy Storage Elements
    1. Second order circuits
    2. Natural response and types of second order natural response
    3. Forced response
    4. Complete response
  7. Sinusoidal Steady-State Circuit Analysis
    1. Sinusoidal inputs and sinusoidal steady-state responses
    2. Phasors and complex numbers
    3. Impedeance and admittance
    4. Kirchoff’s laws
    5. Node-voltage and mesh-current analysis methods using phasors
    6. Superposition
    7. Source transformations
    8. Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits
    9. Complete response with sinusoidal sources
    10. The ideal transformer
  8. AC Steady-State Power
    1. Instantaneous power
    2. Average power
    3. Maximum power transfer
    4. Power factor

Computer Usage:

Optional use of PSpice for verification of complex circuit analysis.


  1. J. Nilsson and S. Riedel, Electric Circuits, Prentice Hall.
  2. A. Davis, Linear Circuit Analysis, PWS.
  3. D. Svoboda, Introduction to Electric Circuits, Wiley.

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


Professional Component:

Engineering Foundation

Engineering Science: 4 credits
Engineering Design: 0 credit