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2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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EE 3001B - Signals and Circuits I

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
The theory and circuit applications of periodic signals are covered in this bridge course. The power in a circuit with multiple frequencies is investigated initially. Periodic signals are analyzed in circuits and filters using the sine and cosine forms of the Fourier series. The spectra of periodic signals are constructed from the Fourier series and signal distortion types are identified. The course concludes with the analysis and development of operational amplifier circuit relations. Laboratory experiments will reinforce the concepts presented. Note: This course is intended for transfer students and should be taken only upon approval of an EE program advisor. (prereq: full admission into the AAS-EET to BSEE transfer track or consent of an EE program advisor)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Determine the power and effective value of sinusoidal signals in a circuit with multiple AC sources, whether of the same or different frequencies
  • Determine the average and effective values of periodic waveforms
  • Determine the response of linear circuits and systems to periodic signal inputs using the cosine and sine forms of the Fourier series
  • Determine the spectra of periodic signals
  • Identify and explain the reason for amplitude and phase distortion when present
  • Analyze electric circuits with dependent sources
  • Develop the output and gain expressions for basic OP-AMP circuit configurations
  • Apply mathematical software (currently Mathcad) in complex number, transfer function, and Fourier series calculations and plotting

Prerequisites by Topic
  • DC and AC steady state circuit analysis: series-parallel circuit analysis, complex power, and superposition
  • Transfer functions and Bode plots of first order circuits
  • Differential and integral calculus
  • Calculations and plotting in spreadsheets or mathematical software
  • Circuit simulation software usage
  • Ideal OP-AMP properties

Course Topics
  • Course introduction and orientation. (2 classes, not including the usual two lecture classes of the first week lost due to the Labor Day holiday)
  • Electrical power of multiple sinusoidal signals, average values, and effective values (4 classes)
  • Periodic signal representation with the sine and cosine (polar) forms of the Fourier series, spectra, circuit analysis, and distortion (5 classes)
  • Nodal analysis with dependent sources, basic OP-AMP circuit analysis to develop output and gain expressions (6 classes)
  • Exams and homework, including the final exam (12 classes)

Laboratory Topics
  • Introduction, laptop and software setup and orientation, electronic instruments, safety (2 sessions) [Exp. 1, 3]
  • Mathematical software tutorial (1 session) [Exp. 2]
  • Complex power, average power, and effective values (DMM, handheld power meter) (1 session) [Exp. 4]
  • Response of first order circuits (digital oscilloscope with FFT module, arbitrary waveform generator) (2 sessions) [Exp. 5, 8]
  • Generating periodic waveforms by adding spectral components from AWGs (1 session) [Exp. 6]
  • Spectra measurements (digital oscilloscope with FFT module, arbitrary waveform generator) (3 sessions) [Exp. 7, 8]
  • Activity to be designated per the instructor’s discretion (1 session)
  • OP-AMP phase shifting networks (1 session) [Exp. 9]

Dr. Robert Strangeway

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