This course is a first introduction to electrical systems. It includes
the analysis of circuits including resistors, capacitors, and inductors
with DC and AC sources in the time domain and in the frequency domain.
Laboratory demonstrations are given to reinforce the concepts learned from
the lectures and homework. The course is targeted at people with a scientific
or technical background who are not electrical or computer engineers. The
coverage is not as deep as a circuits course aimed at electrical engineers.
There are a number of physical applications demonstrated in this course
that serve to motivate this topic to a wider audience. The course is ideal
for someone who wants to gain a basic understanding of electrical circuits,
someone who wants to get better intuition for what they have already learned,
precocious hobbyists, or for someone who is considering electrical engineering
as a career.
This course is broken into five Modules, each having associated homework
and a quiz:
Module 1: Background:
Background information on electricity, resistors, and circuit diagrams
Module 2: Resistive Circuits:
Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Law, Resistors in series and in parallel, Systematic
Solution Methods, Physical applications, and Lab demos
Module 3: Reactive Circuits:
Capacitors, Inductors, First and Second Order Differential Equations,
RC and RL and RLC circuit steady-state and transient response to a DC source, Physical applications, Lab demos
Module 4: Frequency Analysis:
AC response, Impedance, Transfer functions, Frequency response, Filtering,
Applications, Lab demos
Real and reactive power, power factor, transformers
Each module has a quiz associated with it, where the modules that take
longer are assigned more credit in grading. Each week has a homework
associated with it that is due at the end of the week.