ELEC 105: Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
Bucknell University, Spring 2004

Course Objectives:

This course provides an introduction to the field of electrical engineering. The major areas that we will study are analog circuits, digital systems, electronics, and electric power and machines. The description from the 2003-2004 is as follows.

Fundamentals of electricity, circuits and their analysis, basic electronics, analog and digital systems, electrical machines, electrical safety. Not for majors in electrical engineering. Prerequisites: MATH 202, 204, 206, or equivalent.

Instructor and Office Hours:

Richard J. Kozick
Office: Room 220 Dana
Phone: (570) 577-1129, FAX: (570) 577-1822
Email: kozick@bucknell.edu
Web: http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~kozick

Office hour schedule for Professor Kozick for Spring, 2004 is

Monday       1- 2 PM
Tuesday     10-11 AM
Wednesday    9-10 AM
Thursday     1- 2 PM

Other times can be arranged - talk to me in class, send email, or call.
Refer to the course web page for the most up-to-date office hours.

Required Textbook:

Electrical Engineering: Principles and Applications (Second Edition), by A.R. Hambley, Prentice-Hall, 2002.

Course Web Page:

The web page for the ELEC 105 course is located at
It can also be accessed by following the link from Prof. Kozick's home page,

The course web page contains homework assignments and solutions, syllabus, laboratory assignments, and other course information.


Grades for the course will be determined as follows.

Two in-class exams (15% each)              30% 
Short quizzes (announced and unannounced)  10%
Final exam                                 20%
Homework                                   15%
Laboratories                               25%

Exams and Quizzes:

Two in-class exams will be given on the following dates:
Exam 1: Wednesday, March 3           Exam 2: Wednesday, April 14 ** Exam 2 changed to Friday, April 16 **
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.


Laboratories will be held weekly from 3-5 PM in Dana 129. Laboratory attendance is mandatory. If you have a legitimate reason for missing lab, please see the Prof. Kozick as soon as possible for alternative arrangements.

More details about the laboratories are available on the Laboratories link on the course web page.

ABET Course Outcomes:

Please see the ABET link on the course web page.

Tentative Outline:

The course topics will be chosen from the following chapters in the Hambley text. We will not cover all of the material in all of the chapters. Analog circuit analysis will be covered in the most depth because it provides the foundation for the subsequent topics.
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6:
Analog circuits: Basic electrical quantities, sign conventions, sources and elements, Ohm's Law, Kirchoff's Laws, simple resistor circuits (series, parallel, voltage divider, bridge). Inductors, capacitors, transients and time constants, sinusoidal steady-state and phasors, filters and frequency response.

Chapters 7 and 9:
Digital Systems: Digital circuits, logic gates, truth tables, digital system design project.

Chapters 10 and 14:
Electronics: Diodes with application to AM radio circuits, transistors with application to switches and amplifiers, operational amplifier circuits and applications.

Chapters 15, 16, and 17:
Electromechanics: transformers, motors, and machines.