ELEC 226: Circuit Theory II
Bucknell University, Spring 2003

Course Objectives:

Students finishing this course will understand fundamental circuit analysis techniques, including transient, s-domain, and sinusoidal steady-state methods. Students will be prepared for junior-level courses in electronics (ELEC 350) and signals and linear systems (ELEC 320).

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, 2003 is M 11-12 and 3-4, T 10-11 and 2:30-3:30, W 3-4, and R 11-12.
Other times can be arranged - talk to me in class, send email, or call.
Refer to the course home page for the most up-to-date office hours.


ELEC 120, ELEC 225, and MATH 201, 202, and 211. Corequisite: MATH 212.

Required Textbook:

Electric Circuits (Sixth Edition, Revised Printing), by J.W. Nilsson and S.A. Riedel, Prentice-Hall, 2001.

The library has many books on circuit analysis. I encourage you to read a variety of books in order to see different explanations and additional examples.

Optional Supplement:

Introduction to PSpice Manual for Electric Circuits (Fourth Edition), by J.W. Nilsson and S.A. Riedel, Prentice-Hall, 2000.

This supplement to the main textbook includes a CD with OrCad Release 9.2 PSpice software (student version).

Course Home Page:

The home page for the ELEC 226 course is located at
It can also be accessed by following the link from

The course home 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:
Monday, February 17
Monday, March 31.
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.


Each student will attend lab every other week, according to the roster and schedule on the Laboratories link on the course home page.

ABET Course Outcomes:

Please see the ABET link on the course home page.

Tentative Outline:

The course topics will be chosen from the following chapters in the Nilsson/Riedel text. We will not be able to cover all of this material. However, Chapters 12-18 will be covered in your junior-level courses ELEC 350 (Electronics) and ELEC 320 (Signals and Linear Systems)!
Chapters 9, 10, and 11:
Transformers, instantaneous, average, reactive, complex, and rms power; power factor; maximum power transfer, three-phase circuits.

Chapters 7 and 8:
Time-domain (differential equation) analysis of (passive) RC, RL, RLC, and (active) op amp circuits, time constants.

Chapters 12 and 13:
Laplace transform, s-domain circuit analysis (complex frequency, poles and zeros, transfer function), convolution.

Chapters 14 and 15:
Design of passive and active frequency-selective filters.

Chapter 18:
Two-port circuits.

Chapters 16 and 17:
Fourier series and Fourier transform for signal analysis.