20220332 (Principles of Electric Circuits A(2))

Course Name: Principles of Electric Circuits A(2)

Course Number: 20220332

Program: Undergraduate program

Type: Required

Credits: 2

Term Offered: Fall

Prerequisite(s): Physics, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Principles of Electric Circuits A(1)

Instructor(s): Wenjuan Lu, Xiucheng Liu


Jiguang Jiang and Xiucheng Liu, Principles of Electric Circuits 2nd, Tsinghua University Press, 2007. (in Chinese)


Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey H. Lang, Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits, Morgan Kaufmann, 2005.

James Nilson and Susan Riedel. Electric Circuits (8th Edition), Prentice Hall,2007.

Charles Alexander and Matthew Sadiku,Fundamentals of Electric Circuits (3rd Edition), McGraw-Hill, 2007.

Richard Dorf and James Svoboda. Introduction to Electric Circuits (6th Edition). John Wiley & Son, 2004.

William Hayt Jr., Jack Kemmerly, and Steven Durbin. Engineering Circuit Analysis (7th Edition). McGraw-Hill, 2007.

Course Description:

     The course is about the foundation of electric circuit theory, analysis methods for electric circuits and advanced circuit analysis based on the principles of electric Circuits A(1). It covers dynamic circuit analysis in time domain, Laplace transformation and application to circuits, two-port networks and distributed circuit.

Course Objectives and Outcomes:

     Numbers in brackets are linked to department educational outcomes

1.Students should skillfully master the methods for analyzing various circuits. [1, 2]

2.Students are familiar with a certain number of terminologies, which will be used repeatedly in the successive learning and studying. [5]

3.Students are familiar with various intuitive ideas in electrical engineering, e.g. equivalent transform perspective, abstract perspective, and engineering approximation perspective [3, 5, 11]

Course Topics:

1.First order dynamic circuits, the three-key-elements methods for first order circuits.

2.Second order circuit.

3.Step response, impulse response, the zero state of arbitrary input by convolution integration.

4.State variables approach for dynamic circuits.

5.Laplace transformation and its application to circuits.

6.Two-port networks.

7.Distributed circuit.

Experiment(s): Offered by another course “Experiments for Principles of Electric Circuits” (20220162)


Students can choose one of circuits to study, or design and implement a circuit by themselves.

Theoretical Analysis and Numerical Simulation of Chua’s Circuit

Design and Implement a DC-DC Boost Converter

Design and Implement an Anolog Computer Circuit

   Use knowledge learned in circuit analysis to design and implement an anolog compter circuit with Op Amps.

Course Assessment:

Homework measures, 12 points.

Simulation project measures, 3 points.

Mid-term exam score, 25 points.

Final exam score, 60 points.