EE202 Linear Networks: Transient Analysis
Textbook: Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, Alexander and Sadiku, McGrawHill.
Instructor: Dr. Hadi Saadat
Catalog Data
This course introduces the student to transient
analysis of networks using linear circuit models. System differential equations
are set up and solved using both classical and Laplace techniques. In addition to analysis of circuits containing R, L, and C
components, and stepfunction and sinusoidal sources, it includes impulse
function methods, transfer functions, and Bode plots.
SPICE is also used to simulate system response. (Prerequisite
EE201, MA235)
Course objectives
 Formulate system differential
equations from electric circuits used to represent first and second order
systems
 Formulate and obtain transient
solutions to system differential equations using classical techniques
 Formulate and obtain transient
solutions to system differential equations using Laplace techniques
 Derive Laplace transforms for
simple functions
 Find inverse Laplace transforms
utilizing partial fraction expansion
 Use simulation tools to do
transient analysis
 Utilize the transfer function in
network analysis
 Obtain frequency response plots
from transfer functions
 Obtain transfer functions for
simple RL, RC, and RLC circuits
 Perform Bode diagrams
 Develop laboratory skills to
implement and debug circuits
 Write laboratory reports that
provide succinctness in presentation of concepts, data analysis, and
appropriateness of conclusion
Course topics
 Single time constant circuits
(4 classes)
 Transient analysis of series and
parallel RLC circuits (4 classes)
 Laplace transform analysis of
circuits (8 classes)
 Sdomain circuit models and
analysis (4 classes)
 Transfer functions, Bode plots, and
the decibel (4 classes)
 SPICE transient analysis (3
classes)
 Tests and quizzes (3 classes)
Course Schedule
Week

Day

TOPICS

Ch.

1 
1

Review of power & energy in inductor and capacitor, Natural response of
an RL circuit.

7


2

Natural response of RC circuits.

7


3

The step response of RL circuits.

7

2

1

The step response of RC circuits. PSpice and the transient response.

7


2

Natural response of a parallel RLC circuit.

8


3

Step response of a parallel RLC circuit.

8

3 
1

Natural response of a
series RLC circuit.

8


2

Step Response of a series RLC circuit.

8


3

Review


4

1

Test
#1



2

Definition of the Laplace transform,
singularity functions, step & impulse functions.

15


3

The functional transform.

15

5

1

Operational transform.

15


2

Inverse transform.

15


3

Inverse transform continued.

15

6

1

Poles and zeros. Initial & final value theorems.

15


2

Applications to
integrodifferential equations.

15


3

Circuit elements in the sdomain.

15

7

1

Circuit analysis in the sdomain.

15


2

Mesh and nodal analysis,
Thévenin's and Superposition theorems in
sdomain.

15


3

The transfer function & the steadystate sinusoidal
response

15

8

1

.The impulse function in the circuit analysis.

15


2

Review



3

Test
#2


9

1

Frequency response review.

14


2

Bode diagram.

14


3

Bode diagrams: complex poles and zeros.

14

10

1

Bode diagram continued.

14


2

PSpice
for frequency response.

14


3

Review


11


Final


Course Policy and Examination
Two, 1hour examination will be given during the course of the term at dates shown below.
A twohour, comprehensive final examination will be given during final exam week.
Problem Assignments
Every student is expected to solve at least all of the drill exercises plus those
endofchapter problems for which answers are given.
Exam. Schedule & Grading
The course grade will be based on the following:
Test 1

Monday

September 30

20%

Test 2

Thursday 
October 31

20%

HW&PSpice



10%

Lab.



20%

Final

Monday

Nov.
18, 8:0010:00 AM

30%

EE202 Laboratory Schedule
Students are expected to read the material for each experiment prior to attending the lab.
A spiral notebook should be kept by each student. The number and the title of the
experiment, name of the student and the date of the experiment should be written at
the top of the first page for each experiment. The notebook should contain a complete
record of all laboratory work, including prelaboratory analysis, circuit diagrams, lab
data, waveforms, computer results and conclusions. Your prelaboratory analysis will be
checked at the beginning of the laboratory. All steps of an experiment should be performed
as specified and data recorded as required. A formal report is required for some of
the experiments and will be assigned in the Lab.
Week

Exp.
No.

Title

1

1

Introduction

2

2

Using
Instruments

3

3

Satellite
Signal Meter DC Subsystem Design

4

4

Carrier
phase shifter for quadrature communications

5

5

Automated
control of instruments

6

6

Relay
coil transient

7

7

Satellite
signal meter carrier level sensor

8

8

Satellite
signal meter FSK data demodulator

9

9

Satellite
signal meter transient response modeling and simulation

10

10

Continued

NOTES:
Formal reports will be pealized 5% per day for each day
they are late. No reports will be accepted after Wednesday of week 10.
Lab. Report Requirement
A formal report is required for some of the experiments. The formal report should have the
name of the experiment in the middle of the page, and in the lower right hand corner the
following:
COURSE/SECTION
DATE
STUDENT NAME
PARTNERS
INSTRUCTOR
The formal report (and to some degree the informal report) should
include the following topics in the order presented below:
PURPOSE
This should clearly and concisely state the objectives for the experiment in suitable
engineering terminology.
BACKGROUND AND THEORETICAL DISCUSSION
The background necessary to understand the main principles in the experiment. Integrate
the prelaboratory analysis in this section.
PROCEDURE
A brief description of what was done in the laboratory. All circuit diagrams drawn neatly
with template should be included here. Use third person (past tense) in the passive voice.
Don't use the pronouns I, we, us, etc. Thus in place of a statement "We measured the
current ... ", use the statement "The current was measured ..."
RESULTS
This section contains data obtained in tabular form including derived data. This section
should not contain any text other than table headings, column titles and units. A
subsection for Sample Calculations must be included which shows a sample of each type of
calculation made for the data. Place all graphs here. Include graph title, legend and
label all axes. All curves must be drawn smooth and continuous.
DISCUSSION OF RESULTS AND CONCLUSION
Summary of results, answers to all questions and make sure all the report requirements are
addressed. You must analyze your data and state why your graphs are shaped the way they
are. Relate your results to the theory where appropriate. Draw appropriate conclusions,
and where possible, relate the results to engineering applications.
For specific instructions and suggestions see the laboratory manual.
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