PHYS 314 – Introduction to Electronics and Electrical Circuits

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PHYS 314 – Introduction to Electronics and Electrical Circuits

Bethany Lutheran College
Spring Semester – 2011

Instructor: Pete Kjeer
Office: MH122 (344-7341)

Textbook: Electric Circuits Fundamentals, Thomas L. Floyd, 7
ISBN: 0-13-219710-3
Prerequisites: PHYS 214 – General Physics II
Additional Requirements: Scientific calculator, the ability to be present during all scheduled meeting
times, and a desire to learn more about electronics and electrical circuits

Welcome to Electrical Engineering! This is the first of many professional courses which will explore the full
range of electrical interactions. Engineering is the science of energy and matter, and includes the
principles that govern the motion of particles and waves. This course will cover the following
engineering topics: voltage, current, resistance, energy, power, series and parallel circuits, equivalent
circuits, electromagnetism, DC circuits, AC circuits, capacitors, inductors, and transformers.

The course will emphasize understanding rather than pure memorization of mathematical formulae. The
word “science” has its origins in a Latin verb meaning “to know.” Keep this in mind throughout the
semester as your goal is to truly understand the concepts and extend the knowledge to new situations.
This, after all, is precisely what engineers do.

“To answer the questions you have in your brain, sometimes you have to do some work.”
Katherine Kjeer, age 6

“When you understand the laws of physics, anything’s possible.”
Sheldon Cooper

“Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.”
Proverbs 12:24

“For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will
help you.” Isaiah 41:13
Student Learning Outcomes:

1. The student will demonstrate responsibility and accountability by making appropriate decisions and
accepting the consequences of those decisions.
2. The student will demonstrate tolerance of ambiguity by demonstrating the ability to perform in
complicated environments where clear cut answers or standard operating procedures are absent.
3. The student will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate computing tools to solve problems
encountered in course work.
4. The student will describe or recall core concepts and physical laws.
5. The student will demonstrate the ability to construct and apply physical and mathematical models to
solve simulated and realistic problem.
6. The student will be able to design and carry out experimental investigations, analyze data with
appropriate treatment of errors and uncertainties, and form conclusions based on the data and
7. The student will demonstrate the ability to synthesize appropriate concepts and methods from
different courses in the solution of problems.

Topics: In general, we will investigate the ideas in Chapters 2-14, including: Voltage, Current, and
Resistance; Ohm’s Law, Energy, and Power; Series Circuits; Parallel Circuits; Series-
Parallel Circuits; Magnetism and Electromagnetism; Alternating Current and Voltage; RC
Circuits; RL Circuits; RLC Circuits and Resonance; Transformers.

Grading: Quizzes 60%
Midterm Exam 15%
Final Exam 15%
Homework/Labs/Projects 10%
Grading scale: A standard 90/80/70/60 % system will be used.

Homework will be assigned and posted on CampusWeb. Please check CampusWeb for assignment
details. Homework will be assigned but not collected. Many of the quiz questions will be taken directly
from the homework problems. It is therefore a very good idea
to complete all the homework prior to the
quizzes. It is expected that you will read each of the assigned chapters in the textbook. We will cover most
of the chapter material in class. It is unrealistic to assume that we will cover all of the material in class.
Please read the textbook and ask questions.
Make-up Policy:

The ability to be present during posted class times is a prerequisite for this course. Once a quiz or exam
has been administered, no make-up opportunities exist. This is also true for homework assignments, in-
class projects and labs. If you are unable to be present during a quiz or exam it is your responsibility to
make arrangements to take the quiz or exam in advance. At the end of the semester, your lowest quiz score
will be dropped from your grade.