**SYLLABUS FOR ECE 207 - CIRCUIT ANALYSIS I **

** ALAN FELZER - ECE DEPT - CAL POLY POMONA - FALL 2000**

INSTRUCTOR |
Alan Felzer |

OFFICE / PHONE |
9-327B / 909-869-2656 |

OFFICE HOURS |
Announced in class |

EMAIL |
apfelzer@csupomona.edu |

HOME PAGE |
http://www.csupomona.edu/~apfelzer/ |

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ECE 207 takes the basic "tools of the trade" developed in ECE 109 to analyze linear resistor circuits including Kirchhoff's Laws, node equations, equivalent circuits and so on and applies them together with differential equations to analyze linear circuits containing resistors, capacitors and inductors. The main theme of the course is to make use of circuit analysis to calculate the switching time of digital circuits. The lab for ECE 207 is ECE 207L.
**PREREQUISITES:** Physics 133, Math 216, ECE 109, ECE 114. **Text**: *Nilsson.* **Recommended**: *Applied Introductory Circuit Analysis for Electrical and Computer Engineers*by Reed and Rohrer.

1. ** WAKEUP QUESTIONS** - Each class period will begin with a question - a
question that is designed to be straightforward if you've done the day's investigation.

2. ** TRANSITION LECTURES** - After the Wakeup Question there'll be a
"Transition Lecture" summarizing where we've been, where we are and where we're going.

3. **GROUP DISCUSSIONS OF INVESTIGATIONS** - After the Transition Lecture the class will break up
into groups of about four or so to discuss and correct the day's Investigation. Each such investigation is a series of problems based on my "old" lecture notes that are designed to provide a "guided tour" of the day's material. This way of teaching is based on the belief that we learn more from the feedback we get when we're actively participating in solving problems than when simply listening to lectures. An investigation will be due at the **beginning** of
each class period. Each one should take you about two hours. All work done on the investigations
before class is to be done in **pencil**; all work done in class in **blue pen**
and all corrections done after being returned in **red pen**. Note that it's
a very important part of this class that you write good, clear, legible, easy
to follow solutions to the problems - solutions that make it obvious "at a
glance" what each problem is, how you're solving it and what your result is.

4. ** MORE QUESTIONS ** - I will periodically interrupt the group discussions to
ask a question for you to first work on alone and then discuss with your group
before turning in. I will then go over the answer. These questions
give both you and me the feedback we need to know how well the material is
being understood.

5. ** ANSWERS TO INVESTIGATION PROBLEMS** - At the end of each class period I will give answers to the Investigation Problems.

7. ** EXAMS ** - There will be several quizzes, one midterm and a final

8. ** CULTURE ASSIGNMENT ** - Scientists and engineers should, at the very least, be the best sources of information they can be as society grapples with how to best make use of technology. To help you broaden your outlook on the world - to better see both the pros and cons of technology - I ask you to read at least one essay from **The Medusa and The Snail** by Lewis Thomas. This book is in the reserve book room of the library. You are only being asked to read a few pages in the book - but with the hope that you'll read more.

9. ** LOG DIARIES ** - Everyone is to keep a log diary using the form handed out
in class. The purpose of the log diary is to give me student feedback on the investigations.

10. ** TIME LOGS ** - Everyone is to keep a time log on the form handed
out in class. This idea comes from the Harvard Assessment Report on Teaching
which found that students who consciously budget their time invariably do better.

11. ** FINAL ESSAY ** - Everyone is required to write a one page essay at the end of the quarter in the form of a letter to a friend that summarizes the main results of the class, what prerequisites are really important, what key ideas and concepts should be learned cold and how in general to do well in the class.

12. ** NOTEBOOKS ** - Everyone is to keep a notebook with all your work. The notebooks - containing all your class work - **must** be **accopress** binders (Senior Project Binders), **must** be neat and **must** contain the following items in the following **order** with **dividers** (around ten or so) between major sections -

- Title Page with your name
- Syllabus
- Culture Assignment
- The results from the Investigations that are supposed to be memorized
- Your class notes
- Table of Contents for Investigations
- Printed copies of Investigations handed out in class
- Your Investigations -
**each one**followed by that day's Wakeup and Nuts and Bolts Questions - Exams

1. **WHAT GETS POINTS AND WHAT DOESN'T** - My goal is to make grading as non-invasive a procedure as possible. So neither homework or daily wakeup and nuts and bolts questions will be graded for correct answers since their goal is to help you learn the class material. But there will be points for the following

- Format of investigation writeups - 5 points/week
- Three quizzes - 20 points each
- Notebooks - 30 points
- Final Essay - 10 points
- Midterm and Final - 100 points each

Note that late work will be accepted only under extenuating circumstances like illness. Midterms in other classes are not extenuating circumstances. Also note that engineering students cannot drop after the third week of class without extenuating circumstances. See College of Engineering Policy.

2. **GOOD THINGS TO DO IF YOU WANT AN A OR B ** -

- Make use of your resources - get help from fellow students, library books, computer aids and the instructor. Make use of e-mail. Tell me if your group is not working out.
- Come to class prepared and on time.
- Do "good" investigations as spelled out in the checklist.
- Actively participate in group and class discussions. Genuinely work with others.
- Correct and complete all work in
**red**pen as soon as it's returned. - Come to office hours when you have questions.