COURSE SYLLABUS
Dr. Al Cordes
Fall 2009
Ete 101 DC Circuits
4 Credit Hours
Email: al.cordes@clinton.edu
5 Contact Hours
Web Site: faculty.clintoncc.suny.edu/faculty/Al.Cordes/index.htm
Office: Tech 202
Phone: 562

4331 Ex 331
Office Hours: M,W,Fri: 2:00
Tues: 10:00

12:00
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course presents the fundamentals of electricity as they apply to direct current
circuits. Topics include the concepts of v
oltage, current, resistance and power and their
application to series and parallel circuits. Network theorems and the concepts of
capacitance and inductance are also included. Laboratory activities will allow students to
gain hands

on experience making mea
surements on DC circuits, and interpreting the data
produced.
II. COURSE COREQUISITES Mat 105 (Technical Math I) or equivalent.
III. TEXTBOOK
Principles of Electric Circuits
Floyd
Prentice Hall Publishing, seventh edition.
Experiments in Electronic
Fundamentals
Buchla
Prentice Hall Publishing, fifth edition.
IV. COURSE OBJECTIVES
A. To have students be able to apply the concepts of current, voltage, resistance,
capacitance, inductance and power to direct current circuits.
B. To have students b
e able to analyze DC circuits by applying the appropriate
circuit theorems and analysis methods.
C. To have students gain experience in trouble shooting malfunctioning DC
circuits by applying circuit theory learned in class.
D. To have students be able t
o effectively make measurements with equipment
commonly used by electrical technicians.
E. To have students apply principles of physical science to electrical circuits.
F. To have students be able to use computers to help analyze circuits through
circui
t simulation and as an aid in mathematical computations.
V. COURSE ORGANIZATION AND METHODS
A. Attendance Procedure: Students will be expected to attend all classes.
Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. Excessive absences will be
re
ported to the college administration. Makeup exams will only be given for exceptional
reasons. Proof may be required as to why a student missed an exam. There will be
considerable emphasis on learning to use computer applications to solve problems in
elect
ronics. Students must make sure they allow sufficient time to work in the college’s
computer labs to practice using the software, and to complete problems assigned in class.
B. Methods of Instructions will include lectures, computer simulations using
el
ectronic workbench, demonstrations and review of assignments given in previous
classes.
There is also a website at the URL listed above. The site contains the course
syllabus, lab assignments, and links you should find useful in your study of electrical
technology. The site is available both on and off campus.
C. Methods of Evaluation: Students will be evaluated according to the following:
Assignments and quizzes;
Laboratory Notebooks and lab Reports
4 exams given during the course of the semeste
r;
Final exam
Grades will be computed according to the following formula:
Assignments/Quizzes
=
10%
Lab
Notebook/Reports
=
25%
Exams
=
65%
VI COURSE OUTLINE
I Components, Quantities, and Units (Chapter 1)
A. Electrical Comp
onents
B. Electrical and Magnetic Units
C. Scientific notation and metric prefixes
II. Voltage, Current and Resistance (Chap 2)
A. Atomic theory
B. Electrical Charge
C. Voltage current and resistance
D. Electrical Circuits and Circuit Measure
ment.
III. Interrelationships of Electrical Quantities (Chap 3 and 4)
A. Ohm's law
B. Power and energy in electrical circuits
C. Power supplies

Exam #1

IV. Series Resistive Circuits (Chap 5)
A. Identi
fying series circuits
B. Current, voltage and resistance in series circuits
C. Kirchoff's voltage laws
D. Voltage dividers
E. Power calculations in series circuits
F. Troubleshooting series circuits
V. Parallel Resistive Circuits (Chap 6)
A.
Identifying parallel connections
B. Current, voltage and resistance in parallel circuits
C. Kirchoff's current laws
D. Current dividers
E. Power calculations in parallel circuits
F. Troubleshooting parallel circuits
VI. Series

Parallel Combina
tions (Chap 7)
A. Identifying series

parallel combinations
B. Analysis of series

parallel combinations
C. Troubleshooting series

parallel circuits
D. Ladder networks
E. The Wheatstone bridge

Exam #2


VII. Circuit Theorems and Conversions (Chap 8)
A. The voltage and the current source
B. Source conversions
C. The superposition theorem
D. Thevinin's theorem
E. Norton's theorem
F. Millman's theorem
G. Maximum power transfer theorem
H.
Delta

Wye and Wye

Delta network conversions
IX. Magnetism and Electromagnetism (Chap 10)
A. The Magnetic Field
B. Electromagnetism
C. Magnetic Hysteresis
D. Electromagnetic Induction
E. Applications of Electromagnetic Induction


Exam #3

X. The Capacitor (Chap 13)
A. Capacitors and factors determining capacitance
B. Capacitors in series and parallel circuits
C. Capacitors in dc circuits (RC time constants, charging and discharging
curves)
D. Applicati
ons of capacitors
E. Testing capacitor
XI. The Inductor (Chap 14)
A. Description and types of inductors
B. Inductors in series and parallel circuits
C. Inductors in dc circuits (RL time constants, charging and discharging
curves)
D. Application
s of inductors
E. Testing inductors

Exam #4


FINAL EXAM

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