EE 206: Circuits
I 
Home Page & Syllabus Introduction to Circuit
Analysis Fall
2013 

EE 206 Home 
Standings as of
December 6, 2013 

F 
D 
C 
B 
A 

Test 1 
1 


17 
33 
Test 2 
1 


7 
43 
Test 3 
15 


15 
21 
Test 4 
36 


6 
9 
Mastery 
1 
14 
22 
8 
6 
Instructor: Chao You
Email: chao.you@ndsu.edu
Office: ECE 101
Office
hours: TBA
TA: Drew Taylor
Email: andrew.taylor@ndsu.edu
Office: ECE 201
Office
hours: TBA
Text: Electric
Circuits (Sixth Edition), James Nilsson, Susan Riedel.
OnLine
Reference: www.BisonAcademy.com
Educating Engineers:
Preparing 21^{st} Century Leaders in the Context of New Modes of
Learning
OnLine Quizzes: To help prepare for the tests, there are some
online quizzes available. Each of you
should have a password (if not, let me know and I’ll get you one. You can also sign on as a generic student
(name and password below): Comments,
suggestions, and improved quizzes are always welcome.
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Go
to www.Junoed.com
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Name:
ECE Student
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Password:
Welcome
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Sample
Problems from www.JunoEd.com:
Course
Description: Linear electric
circuits. Component models, circuit
laws, transient analysis, design issues, computer tools. 3 lectures, 1 twohour
recitation/laboratory. Prereq: MATH 166
with a grade of C or better. Coreq: MATH 129 and PHYS 252. F, S.
Syllabus:

Date 
Topic Notes 
Lecture Videos & Handouts 
Short Videos & Reading 
Homework 
Labs 
Tests & Solutions 
M 
Aug 26 
Holiday 



EE Fundamentals  New   Old  Resistors 2
 Solution Resistors 5 
Solution 

W 
Aug 28 
Chapter 1 

F 
Aug 30 
Chapter
2.2, 2.3 

M 
Sep 2 
Holiday 

Chapter 3.5 

W 
Sep 4 
Chapter
2.4, 2.5 

F 
Sep 6 

M 
Sep 9 
Chapter
3.1, 3.2 

W 
Sep 11 
Chapter 3.3, 3.4 

F 
Sep 13 
Test
(1) 


M 
Sep 16 
Chapter 4.2, 4.4 
 New   Old  

W 
Sep 18 
Chapter 4.3, 4.4 


F 
Sep 20 
Test
(1) 


M 
Sep 23 
Chapter 4.5, 4.7 

W 
Sep 25 
Chapter 4.6, 4.7 

F 
Sep 27 
Test
(1, 2) 



M 
Sep 30 
Design Project 1 


W 
Oct 2 
Design
Review 1 


F 
Oct 4 
Test
(1, 2) 



M 
Oct 7 
Handout: Op Amps 
Chapter 5.1, 5.2 
 New   Old  

W 
Oct 9 
Chapter 5.36 


F 
Oct 11 
Test
(1, 2) 



M 
Oct 14 
Design Project 2 



W 
Oct 16 
Design Review 2 


F 
Oct 18 
Test
(1, 2) 



M 
Oct 21 
Handout: Thevenin Equivalents 
Chapter 4.9, 4.10 

W 
Oct 23 
Chapter 4.11 

F 
Oct 25 
Test
(1, 2, 3) 



M 
Oct 28 
Handout:
Maximum Power Transfer Maximum
Power Transfer 
Chapter 4.12 



W 
Oct 30 




F 
Nov 1 
Test
(1, 2, 3) 



M 
Nov 4 
Handout: Complex Numbers & Phasors Handout 2: More Phasors Complex Numbers 


 New  

W 
Nov 6 
Chapter 9.3 


F 
Nov 8 
Test
(1, 2, 3) 



M 
Nov 11 
Holiday 
Superposition 



W 
Nov 13 
Chapter 4.13 


F 
Nov 15 
Test
(1, 2, 3) 



M 
Nov 18 
Handout: Capacitors & Inductors @ All About Circuits (14 min) 
Chapter
6.2, 6.3; (7.2, 7.3) Capacitors @ Ryerson (99 min) 


W 
Nov 20 
Chapter
6.1, 6.3; (7.1, 7.3) 


F 
Nov 22 
Test
(1, 2, 3) 



M 
Nov 25 
Handout: AC Analysis @ Ryerson (52 min) 
Chapter 9.1, 9.4 


W 
Nov 27 
AC Analysis: RLC
Circuits 
Chapter 9.5, 9.8,
9.9 


F 
Nov 29 
Holiday 



M 
Dec 2 
Thevenin RLC
Equivalents 

Chapter 9.7 

W 
Dec 4 
AC Analysis: Op Amps 

F 
Dec 6 
Test
(1, 2, 3, 4) 



M 
Dec 9 
Week of the Dead 




W 
Dec 11 


F 
Dec 13 
Test
(1, 2, 3, 4) 




Dec 16 
Final Exam @ 1 PM 370 Lebedeff 





Course Design:
A
sizable number of classes you've taken consist of lectures and
regurgitation. If you can regurgitate
what you heard in class 90% accurately, you get an A. This style of class works up to level 2 in
Bloom's taxonomy
·
Level
1: Memorization
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Level
2: Understanding
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Level
3: Application (solving problems)
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Level
4: Analysis (solving multistep
problems)
·
Level
5: Evaluation (assessing if your answer
is reasonable)
·
Level
6: Creating (multistep design to meet
requirements)
In EE 206, we try to go up to level 3: you are asked to apply what you have learned
to solve various circuits, as well as dabble in level 4: design a circuit to do a given function (such
as measure your heart beat.)
·
Freshmen and sophomore level courses
often focus on level 1 and 2 learning (lecture  regurgitation classes.)
·
Juniorlevel courses in ECE tend to
focus on level 3 learning.
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Seniorlevel courses in ECE tend to
focus on level 3 and level 4 learning.
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Seniordesign and graduatelevel
courses are where you get in to level 5 and 6  which are the fun areas of ECE.
Memorization doesn't work in this class (or
for the rest of ECE for that matter):
you can't memorize every circuit possible. Instead, the techniques are all
important: the techniques we cover in
this class can be applied to just about any circuit.
There are six main techniques we'll be
covering in EE 206. The first three are
core concepts you must master to get a C or higher.:
·
EE Fundamentals: Definitions, symbols, V=IR
·
Voltage Nodes: A technique used to find the voltages and
currents in a circuit
·
Current Loops: Another technique used to find currents and
voltages
·
Thevenin: A way to simplify a circuit using Load Line technques
·
OpAmps: How to use voltage node techniques with an
opamp circuit
·
RL and RC Circuits: Solving firstorder differential equations to
solve for voltages and currents in an RL and RC circuit.
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Phasors: Steadystate AC analysis of circuits.
Each day, there will be a 1015 minute
presentation (lecture) on different aspects of these topics. The remainder of the class will be spent
practicing these techniques.
A second problem with traditional classes is
you're only tested on a given topic once. If you get it 70% right, you don't
have a chance to retake the test.
This is a problem for two reasons. First, your grade should reflect your
knowledge and skills at the end of the semester. Second, the techniques covered in EE 206
depend upon your mastery of previous skills as shown above. It likewise is somewhat pointless moving on
to Thevenin equivalent circuits if you don't understand voltage nodes of some
of the fundamentals.
To deal with this problem, grading in EE 206
will be somewhat different.
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There will be a test every Friday.
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Grading for the midterms is
binary: if you demonstrate mastery
(score 80% or 90% for A level), you pass that test. You can retake the exam each Friday until the
end of the semester.
·
Grading for the entire course depends
upon how many areas you have passed after the final exam:
Grade 
#
Concept Test Passed 
Lab 
A 
Score
>90% on 4 tests 
8
Labs 
B 
Score
>80% on 4 tests 
8
Labs 
C 
Score
>80% on 3 tests 
6
Labs 
D 
Score
>80% on 2 tests 
4
Labs 
F 
0
 1 
 
Legal
Stuff:
Special Needs  Any students with
disabilities or other special needs, who need special accommodations in this
course are invited to share these concerns or requests with the instructor as
soon as possible.
Academic Honesty  All work in this course
must be completed in a manner consistent with NDSU University Senate Policy,
Section 335: Code of Academic Responsibility and Conduct. Violation of this
policy will result in receipt of a failing grade.
ECE Honor Code: On my honor I will not give nor receive
unauthorized assistance in completing assignments and work submitted for review
or assessment. Furthermore, I understand the requirements in the College of Engineering
and Architecture Honor System and accept the responsibility I have to complete
all my work with complete integrity.