ELEC 101: Electrical Engineering Analysis
The objective is to provide an introduction to fundamental
analysis and design techniques in electrical engineering.
The two main topics are analog circuits containing
resistors, operational amplifiers, capacitors, and inductors,
and digital systems containing binary logic devices
and memory devices.
MWF 8:00-9:00 AM in Dana 202, with labs
R 8:00-11:00 AM and R 1:00-4:00 PM in Dana 348.
Instructor and Office Hours:
Richard J. Kozick
Office: Room 220 Dana
Phone: (717) 524-1129
FAX: (717) 524-1822
Tentative office hour schedule for Spring, 1998 is as follows:
(Refer to the
course home page for the most up-to-date schedule)
MWF 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Other times by appointment -- please send
or call to arrange.
Required Textbook and Lab Kit:
L.S. Bobrow, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
(Second Edition), Oxford University Press, 1996.
Each student is required to purchase a laboratory kit.
The kits are available in the bookstore at the counter in the
The library has many other books that cover the material in this
The titles are usually similar to "Introduction to Electrical
Engineering" or "Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering"
or "Basic Electrical Engineering".
Course Home Page:
The home page for the ELEC 101 course is located at the URL
It can also be accessed by following the link from
my home page at
The course home page contains the homework assignments,
and other course information.
The grading in this course will be objective, 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 grow in our understanding of
basic concepts in electrical engineering.
Three in-class exams (10% each) 30%
Final exam 25%
Quizzes and class participation 10%
Exams and Quizzes:
Three in-class exams will be given during the semester, on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 18, 1998
The course will conclude with a comprehensive final exam.
Friday, March 13, 1998
Friday, April 17, 1998
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 your lowest quiz grade will be dropped.
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.
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 also to ask me when you have
However, the homework solutions that you submit for grading
must be written individually.
Be sure that you understand the reasoning for each problem,
even if you initially solved the problem with help from your
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 labs will be organized as follows.
- Lab description:
A written description of each lab
exercise will be distributed during our lecture meetings.
The main ideas of the lab will be introduced during the lecture.
- Pre-lab exercises:
Pre-lab exercises will be included with some lab assignments.
Your answers to the pre-lab exercises must be turned in at
the beginning of your lab session.
- Lab notebooks:
Instead of writing formal lab reports, each of you will keep a
lab notebook that will be collected and graded periodically.
Your lab notebook must be a "composition book" that is available
in the bookstore.
An example of the type of information that your notebook might contain
is listed below.
- Purpose of lab/problem statement
- Analysis and design
- List of equipment and devices used
- Description of procedural steps performed
- Discussion: Results, Evaluation of results, Conclusions
- Lab quizzes:
quizzes will be given occasionally during lab sessions.
The quizzes are intended to verify that you have learned to make
basic electrical measurements.
You will not have to "study" for the quizzes, but rather the
experience you gain performing the lab exercises should provide
The laboratory accounts for 20% of your overall grade in this course.
The particular components listed above are weighted as follows
to determine your lab grade:
Lab notebooks (50%), Pre-lab exercises (30%), Lab quizzes (20%).
The following is a tentative list of topics for the course.
The corresponding chapters in the text and the exam dates
Analog Circuits and Signals
- Weeks 1-2:
Introduction to the course.
Review of basic quantities and units: voltage, current, resistance.
Circuit analysis: Kirchoff's Current Law (KCL) and Kirchoff's Voltage Law
Parallel and series resistance.
Voltage divider and bridge circuits.
- Weeks 3-5:
Nodal and mesh analysis.
Operational amplifiers (op amps) and applications.
Thevenin equivalent circuit model.
Maximum power transfer.
Exam 1: Wednesday, February 18.
- Weeks 6-8:
Selected topics from Chapters 3, 4, 5, and 6 as follows.
Chapter 3: Energy storage elements (capacitors and inductors).
Simple RC and RL circuits.
Chapters 4 and 5: Sinusoidal signals, phasors,
impedance, frequency response, application to filters.
Chapter 6: Diodes and applications.
- Spring Recess:
Begins Friday, March 13 at 5 PM and ends Monday, March 23 at 8 AM.
- Exam 2: Friday, March 13.
- Weeks 9-10:
Review of binary numbers and binary arithmetic.
Digital logic circuits and truth tables.
Standard forms of Boolean functions.
Simplification of Boolean functions.
- Weeks 11-13:
Combinational logic design: adders, comparators, multiplexers, demultiplexers.
Sequential logic design with flip-flops.
Digital system design project.
Exam 3: Friday, April 17.
- Weeks 14:
Digital devices: counters, registers, memories.