ENG 17


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

ENG 17

Circuits I

Course Overview

Fall 2018

This page last modified on December 3, 2018

Course Location and Time:
176 Everson     MW 2:10 pm-4:00 pm. (At the beginning of the term, discussions will be in the second hour on Mondays except in midterm weeks, when they will be in the first hour on Mondays. This pattern may change later.)

Instructor: Please contact me in person (in office hours or after class) instead of by email.
Stephen Lewis, Office: 2035 Kemper Hall
Office Hours: Mondays 5:10-6pm and Thursdays 4:10-5:00 pm (in my office or a conference room)

Teaching Assistants: Please contact the TAs in person in an office hour or after discussion instead of by email.

Xuan (Adam) Ding, Office Hour: Fri. 9:00-9:50 am in 2101 Kemper
Hesam Jafari, Office Hour: Fri. 1:30-2:20 pm in TB (Temporary Building) 120
Hao Wang, Office Hour: Mon. 9:00-9:50 am in 2101 Kemper
Zhangfan Zhao, Office Hour: Thu. 9:00-9:50 am in 2101 Kemper
Extra Office Hours for the final exam:
NameOfficeOffice Hours
Xuan (Adam) Ding2101 Kemper Mon. 12/10: 11:00-11:50 am
Hesam JafariTB 120 Tue. 12/11: 3:10-4:00pm
Stephen Lewis3087 Kemper if crowded (2035 Kemper otherwise)
I will hold an office hour from 5:10-6pm on Mon. 12/10 as usual.
Tue. 12/11: 4:10-5 pm and Wed. 12/12: 2:10-3:00 pm
Hao Wang2101 Kemper Mon. 12/10: 12:10-1pm
Zhangfan Zhao2101 Kemper Mon. 12/10: 6:10-7:00 pm

Recommended Text:
Linear Circuit Analysis, Artice M. Davis, Cengage (originally PWS Publishing Company), 1998. New copies of the text come with a CD that points to a web page that the publisher has not maintained. Also, I will teach the class in a way that will not require you to have a copy of the text. So if you buy it, I recommend that you buy a used copy. Here are corrections of mistakes in the textbook: Corrections

Math 21C (C- or better recommended)

Objectives: After taking this course, a student should understand:
  1. Electrical quantities and elements,
  2. Resistive circuits,
  3. Transient and steady-state responses of RLC circuits,
  4. Sinusoidal excitation and phasors,
  5. Complex frequency and network functions, and
  6. Power calculations
Assignments will be posted on Canvas and will be due on the following Wednesday by noon in the homework box in 2131 Kemper Hall unless otherwise specified. Homework solutions will be available on Canvas. A subset of the homework problems will be graded (possibly one problem per assignment). Homework should be done on standard 8.5"x11" paper and should be stapled together. Please write your name as it appears on UC transcripts.

This course will have two midterm exams and one final exam. The first midterm exam will be held in class on Mon. Oct. 22, starting around 2:45 pm and running for about 50 minutes. The second midterm exam was scheduled for Nov. 19 but was canceled because of smoke. The final exam will be held on Wed. Dec. 12 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The exams will be closed book and closed notes. You will not be allowed to use calculators or other electronic devices on the exams. The weighting used for the final course grade will be:
    Homework 10%
    Midterm Exam 20%
    Final Exam 70% (increased from 50% to 70% because Midterm 2 was canceled)
Recommended Reading:
The following table gives recommended reading in case you buy the text book. Each row corresponds to about one week in the class. Reading your class notes carefully is important.

TopicOptional Reading
Introduction and Resistive Circuits Sec. 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.4, and 2.6
Subcircuits and Nodal Analysis Sec. 3.1-3.6, 4.1-4.2, and Appendix A through (A-58)
Mesh Analysis Sec. 4.3-4.4
Active Circuits, Waveforms, and Capacitors Sec. 5.1-5.2 (through page 176), 5.3-5.4 (through the
first paragraph after Equation (5.4.8) on page 192), and 6.1-6.2
Inductors, Switched Circuits,
Impulses, Time response of first-order
circuits with first-order lowpass response
Sec. 6.3-6.6 (skip the Generalized Differentiation of
Discontinuous Waveforms section, which begins on
page 283 and ends on page 286), and 7.1
First-order highpass, Complex
Numbers, Euler's formulas, Sinusoids,
Complex Exponentials, and Phasors
Sec. 7.2-7.3, 7.7, 8.1-8.2, 8.4, and 8.6
Time Response of Higher-Order
Circuits and the Phasor Equivalent Circuit
Sec. 9.1-9.2 (skip Cascade Simulation of the General
Solution Operator on page 427), 11.1-11.2 (skip
Impedance Scaling and Frequency Scaling, which starts
after Example 11.12 and ends before Example 11.15)
Average Power and Complex Power Sec. 11.3-11.4 (skip Conservation of Complex Power,
which starts on page 585 and ends on page 588.)
Mutual Inductance and Transformers Sec. 16.1 (Ignore Equation (16.1-14a) and
stop reading after Example 16.1)