Electrical Engineering Outlines
Book or Lecture Notes
C. C. Ko and B. M. Chen,
Basic Circuit Analysis for Electrical Engineering,
Prentice Hall Asia, Singapore, 2nd Edition, 1998.
D. E. Johnson, J. R. Johnson
and J. L. Hilburn, Electric Circuits Analysis,
2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, 1992.
S. A. Boctor, Electric
Circuits Analysis, 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall,
Lectures will follow closely
(but not 100%) the materials in the textbook.
However, certain parts
of the textbook will not be covered and examined and this will be made
known during the classes.
ASK any question at any
time during the lecture.
The tutorials will start
on Week 4 of the semester. (Week 1 corresponds to the Orientation Week.)
Although you should make
an effort to attempt each question before the tutorial, it is NOT necessary
to finish all the questions.
Some of the questions are
straightforward, but quite a few are difficult and meant to serve as a
platform for the introduction of new concepts.
ASK your tutor any question
related to the tutorials and the course.
The examination paper is
2-hour in duration.
You will be provided with
a list of important results. This list is given under “Summary of Important
Results” in the Appendix of the textbook.
To prepare for the examination,
you may wish to attempt some of the questions in examinations held in previous
years. These papers are actually the Additional Problems in the Appendix
of the textbook (no solutions to these problems will be given out to the
However, note that the
topics covered may be slightly different and some of the questions may
not be revelant. Use your own judgement to determine the questions you
There will be an one-hour
(actually 50 minutes) test. It will be given some time around mid-term
(most likely after the recess week). The test will consists 15% of your
Your final grade (FG)
in this course will be computed as follows:
FG = 15% of Test Marks
(max. = 100) + 85% of Examination Marks (max. = 100)
1. DC Circuit Analysis
Note: topics marked
in pink might not be covered in details in the class and are not examinable.
SI Units. Voltage,
current, power and energy. Voltage and current sources. Resistive circuits.
Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws. Nodal and mesh analysis. Ideal and
practical sources. Maximum power transfer. Thevenin’s and Norton’s equivalent
circuits. Superposition. Dependent sources. Introduction
to nonlinear circuit analysis.
2. AC Circuits
Root mean square value.
Frequency and phase. Phasor. Capacitor and Inductor. Impedance. Power.
Power factor. Power factor improvement. Frequency response. Tune circuit.
Resonance, bandwidth and Q factor. Periodic signals.
First order RL and
RC circuits. Steady state and transient responses. Time constant. Voltage
and current continuity. Second order circuit.
4. Magnetic Circuit
Magnetic flux and mmf.
Ampere’s law. Force between surfaces. Transformers.
5. Electrical Measurement
Current and voltage
measurement. Common instruments. Oscilloscope.