I. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: ES291 ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS C 3, P 2, CR 4 This course presents a calculusbased introduction to linear circuit analysis for Engineering Science majors. Topics include electrical laws, quantities, and DC and AC circuits.Corequisites: MA253 Analytical Geometry and Calculus 3, 
II. MATERIALS: Texts: Electrical Circuits 10E, James Nilsson,
AddisonWesley Publishing Company Laboratory Manual for AC Electrical Circuit Analysis, James M. Fiore (OER): PDF ODT HTML PRINT Supporting Texts: DC Electrical Circuit Analysis: A Practical Approach, James M. Fiore, a free OER text: PDF ODT HTML PRINT AC Electrical Circuit Analysis: A Practical Approach, James M. Fiore, a free OER text: PDF ODT HTML PRINT Video: See the AC and DC Electrical Circuit Analysis playlists on my YouTube channel: ElectronicsWithProfessorFiore 
Background
This is an introductory course, and as such, it assumes that you know very little about electricity. No previous course work in electricity or electronics is required. Basic electrical concepts such as voltage, current, power, and resistance are introduced and examined for DC (direct current) and AC (alternating current). Fundamental laws and relationships such as Ohm's law and power law are developed. Analysis techniques include seriesparallel simplification; Thevenin's, Norton's, and superposition theorems; and mesh and nodal analysis. A good scientific calculator with simultaneous equation solution capability will be of great use and is strongly recommended. Further, smart devices will not be allowed during tests. Unless otherwise specified, all lab exercises require a technical report due no later than one week after the exercise. Late penalty is one letter grade for the first half week, two letter grades for the second half week. Reports are not accepted beyond two weeks and receive a grade of 0. Remember, plagiarism is grounds for failure.
An online resource covering a variety of electrical circuit topics and reference material may be found at: www.allaboutcircuits.com. Check out my home page for free circuit simulators and other OER (Open Educational Resources).
Weekbyweek
progress and assignments
(note that
the problems are found in the OER texts, not the Nilsson text, unless
stated otherwise)
1 
We begin with an introduction to electrical quantities such as charge, current, voltage, power, resistance, conductance and impedance. We define voltage and current sources, both independent and dependent.

2 
We look at basic interrelationships such as Ohm's law, power law and Kirchhoff's laws, and begin series circuits.

3 
We continue with the interrelationships and examine parallel and seriesparallel networks for the DC case.

4 
We finish our discussion of basic seriesparallel networks for the DC case and introduce the concept of source conversions.

5 
We begin network analysis techniques, namely mesh and nodal analysis.

6 
We continue with network analysis including superposition. We also introduce Thevenin's theorem and maximum power transfer theorem.

7 
We finish our work involving the analysis of resistive DC circuits. At this point, we will have our midterm test.

8 
We begin discussion of reactive circuit elements, namely inductors and capacitors.

9 
We continue our discussion of inductors and capacitors, and investigate the natural and step responses.

10 
We begin sinusoidal steady state analysis. We begin with a review of complex numbers and consider polar, rectangular and exponential formats.

11 
We introduce the concept of phasors.We introduce steady state sinusoidal excitation of RLC circuits. When this is completed, we will have our second test.

12 
We continue steady state sinusoidal excitation of RLC circuits. This includes the power triangle, power factor and maximum power transfer for the AC case.

13 
We examine sinusoidal steady state power calculations including instantaneous power, RMS value, "complex" power, and the like.


We examine balanced three phase circuits and transformers.
