Mar 20, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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EE 2715 - Linear Circuits II: Transients

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This second course (in a series of three) introduces students to transient analysis of both 1st and 2nd order linear systems primarily through the use of electrical circuits with step inputs in both the time and Laplace domains.  Multisim and a variety of laboratory experiments are used to further examine and reinforce the classical analysis techniques used in studying transient phenomena. The similar behavior in thermal and mechanical systems is also briefly covered.  (prereq: EE 2705 ) (coreq: MA 235 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the physical construction and the electrical behavior of capacitors and inductors
  • Recognize and calculate equivalent circuit capacitance and inductance in circuits involving series and parallel components
  • Analyze, calculate, and graphically represent the 1st order transient response of R-L and R-C circuits in the time domain
  • Determine circuit time constants and their effects on transient response
  • Be proficient in the use, application, and interpretation of circuit simulation software, e.g., MultiSim, in evaluating 1st order circuits
  • Analyze, calculate, and graphically represent the 2nd order transient response of RLC circuits in the time domain
  • Mathematically determine whether 2nd order RLC circuits are either under-, critically-, or over-damped
  • Analyze and calculate the transient response from 1st and 2nd order circuits in the time and Laplace domains
  • Recognize the importance of transient response of non-electrical, e.g., thermal and fluidic systems

Prerequisites by Topic
  • DC circuit analysis
  • Use of Multisim circuit simulation software
  • Fundamental circuit construction/breadboarding techniques
  • Use of the scientific calculator

Course Topics
  • Capacitors, inductors, 1st & 2nd order circuits [12 classes]
  • Laplace transforms and transient circuit analysis [3 classes]

Laboratory Topics
  • Use of the function generator and oscilloscope: 1st order R-C circuits
  • Transient analysis with Multisim
  • Mini-defibrillator circuit design - 1st & 2nd order systems

Dr. Larry Fennigkoh

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