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Course Date: 18 August 2014 to 27 October 2014 (10 weeks)
Learn the analysis of circuits including resistors, capacitors, and inductors. This course is directed towards people who are in science or engineering fields outside of the disciplines of electrical or computer engineering.
Dr. Bonnie H. Ferri is a Professor and the Associate Chair for Undergraduate
Affairs in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received
the B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame
in 1981, the M.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton
University in 1984, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from
Georgia Tech in 1988. Dr. Ferri’s research concentrates on embedded computing,
embedded control systems, and engineering education. She has won several
research awards including the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award
and the 2004 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Magazine. She
has co-authored a junior-level textbook and has written a number of papers
on engineering education, especially with regard to hands-on education.
She is the recipient of the IEEE Education Society Harriet B. Rigas Award
in 2007, and she has received several Georgia Tech campus-wide awards for
her teaching, mentoring, outreach, and leadership activities.
I am a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I have always been interested in education and am excited to be a part of the Coursera community. I have taught a course in circuits and electronics at Georgia Tech for three semesters and am excited to be working with Dr. Ferri to provide this material to a broader audience.
When not doing research or teaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children.
This course is a first introduction to electrical systems. It includes
the analysis of circuits including resistors, capacitors, and inductors
with DC and AC sources in the time domain and in the frequency domain.
Laboratory demonstrations are given to reinforce the concepts learned from
the lectures and homework. The course is targeted at people with a scientific
or technical background who are not electrical or computer engineers. The
coverage is not as deep as a circuits course aimed at electrical engineers.
There are a number of physical applications demonstrated in this course
that serve to motivate this topic to a wider audience. The course is ideal
for someone who wants to gain a basic understanding of electrical circuits,
someone who wants to get better intuition for what they have already learned,
precocious hobbyists, or for someone who is considering electrical engineering
as a career.
Is this a stand-alone course? Yes, however, we intend to produce a follow-up course for Electronics that is also aimed at scientific and technical people
who are from fields outside of electrical or computer engineering. Look
for that one to be offered in early 2014.
This course is broken into five Modules, each having associated homework
and a quiz:
Module 1: Background (1 week):
Background information on electricity, resistors, and circuit diagrams
Module 2: Resistive Circuits (2 weeks):
Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Law, Resistors in series and in parallel, Systematic
Solution Methods, Physical applications, and Lab demos
Module 3: Reactive Circuits (2 weeks)
Capacitors, Inductors, First and Second Order Differential Equations,
RC and RL and RLC circuit steady-state and transient response to a DC source, Physical applications, Lab demos
Module 4: Frequency Analysis (2 weeks):
AC response, Impedance, Transfer functions, Frequency response, Filtering,
Applications, Lab demos
Module 5 (1 week):
Real and reactive power, power factor, transformers
Each module has a quiz associated with it, where the modules that take
longer are assigned more credit in grading. Each week has a homework
associated with it that is due at the end of the week.
This class will consist of lecture videos, most of which are between 10 and 12
minutes in length. There will be required homework assignments and quizzes and optional
The lectures are designed to be self-contained. A optional reference book
is Fawwaz Ulaby and Michel Maharbiz, "Circuits," (2nd edition), National
Technology & Science Press, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-1-934891-10-0. Students
who wish to perform the optional laboratory experiments can purchase the
book bundled with the National Instruments myDAQ board. Various purchasing
options are available from the vendor at http://www.studica.com/mydaq