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Basic Electric Circuits

Course Details

Course Number
MENG 2104
Section Number
MENG 2104
Fall 2012
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Lecture: T/R: 9.30-10.50 a.m. and F: 1-2.50 p.m. (Lab A) and 3-4.50 p.m. (Lab B)

Dr. Jan W. Brink (view Profile)


Introductory Circuit Analysis by Boylestad 11th ed
Theory Book
Circuits Lab Book
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Course Objectives

1. Students will be required to associate characteristics of circuit analysis with appropriate units.

2. Students will be able to use Kirchoff's laws to determine current and voltage.

3. Students will be able to wire circuits and use hardware and instrumentation such as the multi meter, the oscilloscope, the function generator and potentiometer.

4. Students will be able to fully describe the hardware characteristics of inductors and capacitors.

5. Students will be able to analyze transient and steady state characteristics using an oscilloscope.

6. Students will be able to analyze circuits using a variety of circuit theorems such as Thevenin, Norton, Superposition and Maximum Power Transfer Theorem.

7. Students will be able to perform circuit analysis using Electronics Workbench.

Course Expectations



              1.  Units and laws of physics

              2.  Electric fields and key components of electric circuits

              3.  Overview of complex variables

              4.   Overview of differential equations

              5.  DC series and parallel circuits

              6.  Kirchhoff’s Laws

              7. Network Analysis

              8. AC circuits        

           Other selected topics as time permits

Students should master this material in a satisfactory manner.

Grading Standards

Grading formula for course:


                Four Exams  (including the final) - 16.25.5 % each                   65%

                Laboratory (attendance, attitude, participation, lab reports)    15%

               Attendance                                                                                            5%

                Homework  ................................................................                      15%


Course grade:  If the calculation shown above is between 90 and 100, the grade is A; 80 to 89, B; 70 to 79, C; etc.

Final Exam 12/11/2012 8-10 a.m.
Submission Format Policy

You must use engineering paper to submit homeworks and tests.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy


Make-up tests.  A test that is missed due to an excused absence may be taken two weeks (4 class periods) from the originally scheduled test date during the class period.  (This means the student will miss the course lecture for that day.)  If a student misses a second test due to an excused absence, the student will use the final exam score less 20 points as a substitute.


                No absence from a test will be regarded as excused unless the student presents the instructor with a valid written excuse either before or within one week from the date of the missed exam. 


                All groups are expected to report to lab at the start of their lab period, whether or not they are the first to perform.   Students are expected to remain in lab during lab time (to either prepare their lab report for data taking or to perform their lab experiments or to observe others performing lab experiments or to calculate and examine their own lab results).  Lab reports may be taken up immediately at the end of the lab or at the start of the next lecture or lab.


                Some lab reports will be simply handwritten while some will be required to be written and printed from a computer, including graphs and tables.


                Labs cannot be made up.   This is due to the to the instructor’s limited amount of available time. The labs are turned in by each individual. You are to turn in the lab with a "title" page and you have to list you name first and then your team mates from your lab group (See handout given in class).


Homework should be turned in on the date according to the assignment sheet.  Each homework problem should be numbered with chapter and problem number.  Problems should be worked on the front side of the paper only.            


Studentswith disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Attendance policy, etc.:   The instructor adheres to the policies stated in the MSU Student Handbook in regard to class attendance, classroom behavior deemed detrimental to learning by other members of the class, academic dishonesty, and student rights.  If you do not have a copy of this handbook, one can be picked up at the Office of Student Services

Other Policies



General Education Statement:

1)  Students in this course must demonstrate competency in basic use of computer word processing and spreadsheets (including computer graphing) through the formal preparation of certain laboratory experiments.  2)  Students in this course will always have their writing checked for grammar and spelling during the grading of all laboratory and homework experiments.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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