TCES 215L Electrical Circuits Laboratory

Spring 2007             F 12:00 - 2:00   CP 206D


An introduction to electrical engineering through basic circuit and system concepts. Topics include: resistors, sources, capacitors, inductors, operational amplifiers, node and mesh analysis, Thevenin and Norton equivalents and RLC circuits. Solution of first and second order linear differential equations associated with basic circuit forms will be used. Students will use basic laboratory measuring and signal generating equipment,and breadboarding to investigate some of the principles learned in class.
Prerequisites: Calculus Based Physics, Differential Equations

Students are encouraged to work on the lab assignments in pairs so they can learn to work collaboratively and to learn new problem-solving techniques. To ensure that each student gets hands-on experience with building circuits and making measurements, everyone must perform her/his own measurements, demonstrate compnents of the lab as requested, and write her/his own report.


Electric Circuits
Seventh Edition (2005)    

James W. Nilsson
Susan Riedel

Pearson Prentice Hall
ISBN-10: 0131329723
ISBN-13: 9780131329720

About this book:
Cited by IEEE Spectrum as an "up and coming classic in the field of circuits,"Electric Circuits is the most widely used introductory circuits textbook. This revision of both text and robust supplements package features an increased emphasis on student and instructor assessment, a redesigned art program, a new four-color format, and abundant new or revised problems throughout. The Seventh Edition retains the goals that have made this text a best-seller: 1) to build an understanding of concepts and ideas explicitly in terms of previous learning; 2) to emphasize the relationship between conceptual understanding and problem solving approaches; 3) to provide students with a strong foundation of engineering practices.

For sophomore level, one- or two-semester Introductory Circuit Analysis or Circuit Theory Courses taught in Electrical or Computer Engineering Departments.

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Larry A. Crum, Professor of Computing & Software Systems, Computer Engineering & Systems
Office: Cherry Parkes 224
Office Hours:   TH 1:00-1:45,   TH 6:45-?,   F 11:30-12:00,   2:00-?  & By Appointment
Phone: (253) 692-5866

Rebecca Sliger, Engineering Instructor
Office: Tacoma Community College Building 22, Room 6
Office Hours:   By Appointment
Phone: (253) 460-4428

Benedito Aguiar, Visiting Professor of Computing & Software Systems, Computer Engineering & Systems
Office: Pinkerton 308
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: (253) 692-5861

TCC Course Syllabus (#5542 Engr 215 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Spring 2007)

Reference Material:
Lab Etiquette
Lab Report Format
Oscilloscope Introduction
Function Generator Introduction

Laboratory Schedule:

1:  Apr 6 Introduction, Oscilloscopes, & and Lab Equipment

Oscilloscope Introduction
Function Generator Introduction

2:  Apr 13 Lab #1: Intro to Circuit Analysis

3:  Apr 20 No Laboratory - TCC Professional Development

4:  Apr 27 Lab #1: Intro to Circuit Analysis
Lab #2: Nodal Analysis & Thevenin Equivalents

5:  May 4 Lab #2: Nodal Analysis & Thevenin Equivalents

Pspice Simulator Demonstration
6:  May 11 No Laboratory
Lab #1 Report Deadline

7:  May 18 Lab #3: Operational Amplifiers (op Amps)
Lab #2 Report Deadline

8:  May 25 No Laboratory - Class day at TCC
(May 28: Memorial Day)

9:  June 1 Lab #4: First Order Circuits
Lab #3 Report Deadline

10: June 8 No Laboratory - UWT Graduation
Lab #4 Report Deadline