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PHY301 : Circuit Theory

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

All electrical devices and computers are based upon some electric elements and circuits. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a basic knowledge of linear circuits, and linear circuit elements (like voltage and current sources, resistor, capacitor and inductors).The goal is to develop in the student an understanding of analysis of electric circuits and an analytic approach to solve a circuit network using different techniques and theorems. Semiconductors are of obvious importance, as they are the basis for the development of modern electronics. Semiconductors, the lifeblood of microchips that epitomize modern technology, are special in many ways. Semiconductors are materials that conduct electricity better than insulators, but not as well as conductors. Yet, by altering their structure a little bit, we gain the ability to build components whose electrical properties we can control with tremendous ease, allowing us to use them in electronic applications in so many ways. The second half of this course will then start to talk about the basics of semiconductor devices (Diodes and Transistors), their types and functions.

Course Learning Outcomes

After studying the material in this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand basic concept and terms of circuit elements,voltage and current, reference directions, power and energy.
  • Analyze simple resistive circuits containing controlled sources and apply Ohm's Law, Kirchoff's Laws, Nodal analysis technique, and Mesh analysis technique in circuit analysis problems.
  • Apply linearity property, superposition, source transformation in circuit analysis problems.
  • Analyze circuits containing switches, independent sources, dependent sources, resistors, derive Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits
  • Understand about semiconductor diodes, transistors, their types and applications.

Course Calendar

International System of Units-Structure of the Atom-Conductors-Insulators-Semiconductors-Electric Charge-Polarities1Handouts1-6
Basic electricity and circuit elements -The closed circuit -Open circuit -Short circuit -Power - Passive sign conventions2Handouts7-11
Resistances in Series-Resistances in parallel3Handouts12-18
Irwin( (7th Edition)Chapter 2
Inductance - Capacitance - Ohm's Law - Power Dissipation in Resistance4Handouts19-25
Current sources and Voltage sources -Direct&Alternating quantities -Voltage dividers and Current dividers5Handouts26-32
Current divider and Voltage divider circuits6Handouts33-38
Irwin(7th Edition)Chapter 2
Assignment No. 1
Kirchhoff's Laws Kirchhoff's Current Law (KCL) - Node - Branch - Loop - Ground7Handouts39-44
Application of Nodal AnalysisHandouts44-51
Irwin(7th Edition)Chapter 3
Applications of Nodal Analysis-Super Node - Constraint or Coupling EquationHandouts52-58
Irwin(7th Edition)Chapter 3
Kirchhoff's Voltage Law (KVL) - Loop -Applications in Loop Analysis12Handouts59-60
Quiz No. 1
Applications of Loop Analysis-examplesHandouts60-74
Irwin( (7th Edition)Chapter 3
Assignment No. 2
Applications of Loop Analysis - Super Mesh Technique-examplesHandouts75-82
Irwin(7th Edition)Chapter 3
Applications of Loop Analysis - Super Mesh Technique - Coupling equation20Handouts83-85
Irwin(7th Edition)Chapter 3
Examples of Loop Analysis by using dependent sources - Coupling equation21Handouts86-88
Irwin(7th Edition)Chapter 3
Matrices and Determinants method in solving circuit equations22Handouts89-92
Mid term Examination
Superposition Theorem and its applications in circuit network23Handouts93-96
Irwin(7th Edition)Chapter 4.2
Source Transformation and its applications in circuit network24Handouts97-101
Irwin(7th Edition)Chapter 4
Thevenin's Theorem and its applications in circuit networkHandouts102-112
Irwin(7th Edition)Chapter 4.3
Norton's Theorem and its applications in circuit networkHandouts113-123
Irwin(7th Edition)Chapter 4.3
Assignment No. 3
Basic semiconductor concepts29Handouts124-126
Boylested&Nashelsky(7th edition)Chapter 1
PN Junction Diode - Ideal Diode - Ideal Diode as a Rectifier(continue…)30Handouts127-129
Terminal characteristics of the Junction Diode - Forward bias region31Handouts130-133
Reverse bias region - Break down region - Analysis of Diode circuits32Handouts134-137
DC or Static Resistance - The constant voltage drop model - AC or Dynamic Resistance33Handouts138-142
Small Signal Model and its applications34Handouts143-148
Transformers - step up-step down-Applications35Handouts149-152
Graded Discussion Board (GDB)
Negative Half Wave Rectifiers - Load voltage and current - Average Load voltage and current36Handouts153-156
Peak Inverse Voltage (PIV) - Full wave rectifier37Handouts157-160
Negative full wave rectifier - Full wave bridge rectifier38Handouts161-164
Quiz No. 2
Filters - Clippers - Series Clippers39Handouts165-169
Parallel Clippers - Clampers40Handouts170-173
Assignment No. 4 ( Non graded)
Diode logic gates (OR Gate) ( AND Gate) - Voltage Multipliers - Half wave voltage doubler - Zener diode - Zener diode shunt regulator41Handouts174-177
Applications of Zener Diode shunt regulator - Light emitting diode(LED) - PIN Photodiodes - Tunnel Diode42Handouts178-181
Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT) -Types, Modes of operation43Handouts182-186
Boylested&Nashelsky(7th edition)Chap 3
DC biasing of Transistor -Characteristic of BJT-Load line analysis44Handouts187-192
Boylested&Nashelsky(7th edition)Chap 4
Emitter-Stabilized Bias Circuit-DC biasing BJT-Voltage Divider Bias Circuit and its application45Handouts193-198
Final Examination
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