EE 200: Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
Bucknell University
Spring, 1997


This course provides an introduction to the field of electrical engineering. The major areas that we will study are analog circuits, digital systems, analog and digital signal processing, semiconductor devices, and electric power and machines. The course emphasizes an understanding of fundamental building blocks for electrical engineering design.

Instructors and Office Hours:

Richard J. Kozick (Lecture Instructor)
Office: Room 220 Dana
Phone: (717) 524-1129
FAX: (717) 524-1822

Tentative office hour schedule for Professor Kozick is as follows:
(Refer to the course home page for the most up-to-date schedule)
M 10:00-11:00 AM
W 1:00-2:00 PM
R 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
F 2:00-3:00 PM

Other times by appointment -- please send me email to arrange.
Jeff Gum (Lab Instructor)
Office: Room 302 Dana
Phone: (717) 524-1313
FAX: (717) 524-1822

Office hour schedule for Professor Gum will be announced later.


MA 202.


S.E. Schwarz and W.G. Oldham, Electrical Engineering: An Introduction (Second Edition), Saunders College Publishing, Oxford University Press, 1993.

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Three in-class exams (10% each)    30%
Final exam                         20% 
Laboratories                       25%
Quizzes and class participation    10%
Homework                           15% 
Each course component is described in more detail below. An important point is that you will be graded objectively, so that you are not competing against one another for a limited number of high grades. There is no "curve" that prescribes the number of A's, B's, C's, etc. - it is possible for the entire class to earn A's. The intent of this policy is to encourage cooperation among the class. I hope everyone does well, and I hope we can all work together} to develop an understanding of basic concepts in electrical engineering.

Exams and Quizzes:

Three in-class exams will be given during the semester, on the following dates:
February 19, 1997
April 23, 1997
March 26, 1997
All of these dates are Wednesdays. The course will conclude with a comprehensive final exam.

Short quizzes (announced or unannounced) will also be given to check your understanding of the material as we proceed through the course. Missed quizzes cannot be made-up, but I will drop your lowest quiz grade.


Homework will be assigned regularly. It will be due at the beginning of class on the specified due date. Late assignments will be accepted but reduced in grade by 10% per day late.

You are encouraged to work on the homework with groups of your classmates. The purpose of the homework is to practice with the material and to improve your understanding. I encourage you to learn from each other, and to ask me when you have questions. However, the homework solutions that you submit for grading must be written individually. Make sure that you understand the reasoning for each problem, even if you initially solved the problem in collaboration with classmates. Keep in mind that most of your grade in this course is determined by exams and quizzes, which you will have to do by yourself.


The laboratories will be instructed by Professor Jeff Gum. Details about the organization and grading of the laboratories will be provided in the first lab session on Thursday, January 23.

Tentative Outline:

The following is a tentative list of topics for the course. The corresponding chapters in the text and the exam dates are indicated.
Analog Circuits and Signals
Week 1:
Introduction to the course.
Chapter 1: Electrical quantities (charge, current, voltage), Kirchhoff's laws.

Weeks 2-4:
Chapter 2: Ideal sources, resistance, circuit analysis, voltage dividers.
Chapter 3: Thevenin equivalent circuit, power.
Exam 1: Wednesday, February 19.

Week 5:
Chapter 4: Dependent sources, operational amplifier applications.

Weeks 6-8:
Chapters 5, 8: Time-varying signals, capacitors, inductors, time constant.
Chapters 6, 7: Sinusoidal signals, phasors, impedance, frequency response, application to filters.
Chapters 9-10: Analog signal processing applications.

Spring Recess:
Begins Friday, March 14 at 5 PM and ends Monday, March 24 at 8 AM.

Exam 2: Wednesday, March 26.

Digital Systems
Weeks 9-11:
Chapters 11-12: Digital circuits, logic gates, truth tables, digital system design project.

Semiconductor Devices
Week 12:
Chapter 13: Diodes, application to AM radio circuits.

Week 13:
Chapters 14-15: Transistors, application to switches and amplifiers.
Exam 3: Wednesday, April 23.

Electric Power and Machines
Week 14:
Chapter 16: Transformers, electric power distribution.
Chapter 17: Electromechanical machines.