Teaching Assistant

Lead TA: Syed Hashir Ahmed
Email: syed.hashir@itu.edu.pk TA Hours: Tuesday, 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM (LT-4)

TA: Muhammad Kamran
Email: muhammad.kamran@itu.edu.pk TA Hours: Friday, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (LT-4)


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Circuits I

Fall 2014


Students should have a background in electricity and magnetism, basic calculus and linear algebra.

Course Overview

This course is an introduction to electric circuit elements and electronic devices and a study of circuits containing such devices.

Students will receive one assignment every week, which will cover the topics discussed in the class in that week. All the assignments must be completed and turned in by the Tuesday of the week following the one in which they are posted. No late assignments will be accepted.

The course will also have a midterm and final exam.

Required Text(s)

  1. Electric Circuits, 10TH Edition, 2014
    James W. Nilsson and Susan A. Riedel
  1. Related articles, videos and online tutorials (links shall be provided)


  1. Electric Circuits Fundamentals, S. Franco
  2. Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, 4th Edition, C Alexander and M Sadiku

 Academic Integrity

Students are responsible for the content of assignments. Cheating or plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated. Violations can result in an F grade.

Teaching Assistant

Email: zafarullah@itu.edu.pk

TA Hours:       Monday, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Embedded Lab)

Thursday, 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM (Faculty Common Room)


Course Outline

Week 1 Principles of Electricity
  • The Starting Point
  • Resistance & Conductance
  • Conductors, Insulators and Semiconductors
  • Factors that affect resistance
  • Electronic Components
Week 2 Ohm's Law & Power
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Ohm’s Law to Diagnose Circuit Failure
  • Power, Heat and Efficiency
Week 3 Series Circuits
  • Series Circuit Characteristics (Current, Voltage, Power)
  • Voltage Relationships: References, KVL & the voltage Divider
  • Series Circuit Faults and Troubleshooting
  • Max Power Transfer
  • Series Connected Voltage Sources
Week 4 Parallel Circuits
  • Parallel Circuit Characteristics (Current, Voltage, Power)
  • Current Relationships: KCL, Sources & Current Divider
  • Parallel Circuit Faults and Troubleshooting
  • Max power Transfer
Week 5 Series-Parallel Circuits
  • Analyzing Series-Parallel Circuits
  • Circuit Loading
  • Voltage divider stability
  • Bridge, Delta and Wye Circuits
Week 6 Network Theorems
  • Superposition
  • Equivalent Voltage & Current Sources
  • Thevenin’s Theorem
  • Application of Thevenin’s Theorem
Week 7 Network Theorems
  • Norton’s Theorem
  • Applications of Norton Theorems
Week 8
  • Review
  • Guest Lecture
Week 9
  • Midterm Exam
Week 10 Alternating Current
  • AC overview
  • Magnitude, Values and Measurements
  • Sine waves: Phase Measurements & Ins. Values
  • Static & Dynamic Values, DC offsets and Harmonics
  • Nonsinusoidal waveforms
Week 11 Inductors
  • Inductance
  • The Phase relationship Between Inductor Current and Voltage
  • Inductors in Series and Parallel
  • Inductive Reactance
  • Transformers, Apparent Power & Inductor Quality
Week 12 RL Circuits
  • Series RL Circuits: Characteristics and Power
  • Parallel RL Circuits Characteristics
  • Series-Parallel Circuits Analysis
Week 13 Capacitors
  • Capacitors and Capacitance
  • Series and Parallel Capacitors
  • Alternating voltage and Current Characteristics
  • Capacitive Reactance
Week 14 Resistive-Capacitive Circuits
  • Series Circuits
  • Power Characteristics and Calculation
  • Parallel RC Circuits
  • Series-Parallel RC Circuit Analysis
Week 15 RLC Circuits
  • Series and Parallel LC Circuits
  • Resonance
  • Series and Parallel RLC Circuits
  • Series-Parallel RLC Circuit Analysis
Week 16 Operational Amplifiers
  • Op-amp Opeartion Overview
  • Differential Amplifiers and Op-Amp Specifications
  • Inverting & Noninverting Amplifiers
  • Op-Amp Circuits
Week 17
  • Finals

NOTE: The course schedule and content may be modified by 10 – 20% as the semester progresses.