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  1. Jan 7, 2006 #1
    Which course is more appropriate as an Introductory Electrcity Circuit Course?

    ENGI12578 - Electricity 1

    Examine the important concepts of DC electricity as an essential background for further electrical and electronic studies. Integrating laboratory work and problem solving, learn about circuits and meters, basic electrical quantities&*#44; Ohm's Law, power and resistors. Explore parallel circuits, series-parallel and simple voltage-divider circuits, and resistance of wire conductors.

    DC Circuits

    Course Number: ELIC 101

    An introductory section on basic concepts of electricity and current flow leads to the analysis of series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Classical circuit theorems are introduced to calculate the current or voltage in resistive networks. Power and efficiency are studied. Capacitors are studied in a simple DC environment and sinusoidal waves are introduced. Complementary laboratory work includes the use of multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal generators and the Wheatstone bridge.
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  3. Jan 7, 2006 #2


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    They appear to cover roughly the same material. The only difference I can see is that the second also requires a lab.

    If you're working toward a EE degree, you should have a curriculum outline which will tell you which classes to take. If you're not working on an EE degree, you will probably need to tell us more about what you hope to gain from a basic circuits class, so we can select one of the two for you.

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  4. Jan 7, 2006 #3
    This is my course outline;
    Which one of the above two courses would be better to help me for my course? Yes, I am working towards my EE Degree (1st semester)

    Electric Circuit Analysis

    This course is a one semester introductory course in electric circuit analysis. The topics covered include the following: circuit variables and elements, resistive circuits, methods of circuit analysis, circuit theorems, energy storage elements, transient responses of RL & RC circuits, sinusoidal steady state analysis, and AC steady state power concepts

    1. Basic Concepts

    Systems of Units
    Charge & Current
    Power of Energy

    2. Basic Laws

    Ohms Laws
    Kirchhoffs Laws
    Voltage & Current Division
    Wye/ Delta Conversion

    3. Methods of Analysis

    Nodal Analysis
    Mesh Analysis
    4. Circuit Theorems

    Linearity property
    Superposition Theorem
    Thevenins Theorem
    Nortons Theorem
    Maximum Power Transfer

    5. Capacitors & inductors

    Physical construction and electrical characteristics Of C & L
    Series and parallel combinations of C & L

    6. First-Order Circuits

    Source-Free RC circuit
    Source-Free RL circuit
    Step Responses of RC and RL circuits

    7. Sinusoidal & Phasors

    Sinusoids & Phasors
    Phasor Relationships of circuit elements
    Impedance & Admittance
    Kirchhoffs Laws in Frequency domain

    8. Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis

    Nodal & Mesh Analysis
    Source conversion
    Superposition Theorem
    Thevenins & Nortons equivalent circuits

    9. AC Power Analysis

    Instantaneous & Average Power
    RMS value
    Complex Power & Power Factor
    Power factor correction

    10. Review
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  5. Jan 7, 2006 #4


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    Now you've listed another class, which seems a bit more advanced than the others. I don't understand why you listed it, though.

    So you're expected to take both of these classes (ENGI12578 and ELIC 101), and you're just asking which we think you should take first? I'm afraid I really don't understand your situation.

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  6. Jan 7, 2006 #5
    I guess I have difficulties expressing myself, but the point was;

    The last course is my real course that I have to take towards my EE degree.
    I want to take one of the first two courses to help me to do better in my real (3rd description) course.

    I am not obliged to take any of the first two courses, I just want to take one before I take my real course.
    Sorry if I complicated things more than I wanted to, but expression difficulty is obvious. Thank you.
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    In general, if you don't mind labs and have the time, do the course which has an associated lab. You'll learn a lot from a lab.

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  8. Jan 7, 2006 #7
    Thank you very much for your advice. I don't mind doing labs if I have to.
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