ELEC 101: Electrical Engineering Analysis
Bucknell University
Spring, 1998


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.

Class Hours:

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
Email: kozick@bucknell.edu
Web: http://www.bucknell.edu/~kozick

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 email or call to arrange.


MATH 202.

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 "supplies" section.

Other Books:

The library has many other books that cover the material in this course. 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, lab assignments, syllabus, and other course information.


Three in-class exams (10% each)    30%
Final exam                         25% 
Laboratories                       20%
Homework                           15% 
Quizzes and class participation    10%
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.

Exams and Quizzes:

Three in-class exams will be given during the semester, on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 18, 1998
Friday, March 13, 1998
Friday, April 17, 1998
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 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 questions. 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 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 labs will be organized as follows.

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%).

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
Weeks 1-2:
Introduction to the course.
Chapter 1: Review of basic quantities and units: voltage, current, resistance. Ideal sources. Ohm's Law. Circuit analysis: Kirchoff's Current Law (KCL) and Kirchoff's Voltage Law (KVL). Parallel and series resistance. Voltage divider and bridge circuits. Power.

Weeks 3-5:
Chapter 2: Nodal and mesh analysis. Operational amplifiers (op amps) and applications. Thevenin equivalent circuit model. Maximum power transfer. Superposition.
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. Time constant.
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.

Digital Systems
Weeks 9-10:
Chapter 11: Review of binary numbers and binary arithmetic. Digital logic circuits and truth tables. Boolean algebra. Standard forms of Boolean functions. Simplification of Boolean functions.

Weeks 11-13:
Chapter 12: Combinational logic design: adders, comparators, multiplexers, demultiplexers. Sequential logic design with flip-flops. Digital system design project.
Exam 3: Friday, April 17.

Weeks 14:
Chapter 13: Digital devices: counters, registers, memories.