ELEC 101: Electrical Engineering Analysis
Bucknell University, Spring 2005


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.

Instructor and Office Hours:

Richard J. Kozick
Office: Room 067 Breakiron
Phone: (570) 577-1129, FAX: (570) 577-1449
Email: kozick@bucknell.edu
Web: http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~kozick

Tentative office hour schedule for Spring, 2005 is as follows:
(Refer to the course home page for the most up-to-date office hours)

Tuesday    2 PM - 3 PM
Thursday  11 AM -12 PM
Other times can be arranged - talk to me in class, send email, or call.


MATH 202.

Required Textbook:

L.S. Bobrow, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering (Second Edition), Oxford University Press, 1996.

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". I encourage you to read a variety of books in order to see different explanations and additional examples.

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 Prof. Kozick's home page at

The course home page contains the homework assignments, lab assignments, syllabus, and other course information.


In-class and take-home exams               30%
Short quizzes (announced and unannounced)  10%
Final exam                                 25%
Homework                                   15%
Laboratories                               20%

Exams and Quizzes:

Two in-class exams and one take-home exam will be given on the following dates:
Friday, February 11 (in-class, 12.5%)
March 21-23 (take-home, 5%)
Wednesday, March 30 (in-class, 12.5%)
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 to give you practice with the course material. It will be due at the beginning of class on the specified due date. Late assignments will not be accepted because solutions will be distributed and reviewed during class on the due date.

You are allowed and 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. We encourage you to learn from each other, and also to ask us 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.


Laboratory attendance is mandatory. If you have a legitimate reason for missing lab, please see Prof. Kozick as soon as possible for alternative arrangements.

Your lab grade will be based on attendance, active participation in the lab activities, and the completeness of your lab notebook. The laboratories will count for 20% of your overall grade in ELEC 101.

Guidelines for the lab sessions are as follows.

ABET Course Outcomes:

Please see the ABET link on the course home page.

Tentative Outline:

The following is a tentative list of topics for the course. The corresponding chapters in the text 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.

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 11 at 5 PM and ends Monday, March 21 at 8 AM.

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.

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