ECE 211
Topics in Analog Circuits and Systems

Section Type Times Days Location Instructor
B LEC 0800 - 0850 MTW F   1013 ECE Building  Wei He
C LEC 1100 - 1150 MTW F   1013 ECE Building  Juan Alvarez
E LEC 1200 - 1250 MTW F   1013 ECE Building  Tangul Basar
F LEC 1400 - 1450 MTW F   1013 ECE Building  Lara Waldrop
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Official Description Concepts from circuit and system analysis: linear systems; review of elementary circuit analysis; op amps; transient analysis; differential equation models of linear circuits and systems; Laplace transform. Course Information: Credit is not given for both ECE 211 and ECE 210. Prerequisite: ECE 110 and PHYS 212; credit or concurrent registration in MATH 285 or MATH 286.
Subject Area Core Curriculum
Course Prerequisites Credit in ECE 110
Credit in PHYS 212
Credit in MATH 285 or MATH 286
Course Directors Erhan Kudeki
Detailed Description and Outline

First half of ECE 210. Introduces selected aspects of analog signal processing, with major emphasis on circuit analysis, differential equations, and Fourier series.


  • Examples of signals and signal processing systems
  • Analog linear time-invariant systems
  • Circuits and linear systems
  • Review of DC circuit analysis: KCL, KVL, dependent sources
  • Capacitors and inductors as circuit elements
  • Op-amp circuits
  • Characterization and solution of LSI systems via linear, constant-coefficient differential equations
  • Complex numbers and functions of a complex variable
  • Impedance, phasors, and sinusoidal steady-state
  • Frequency response and multi-frequency circuits
  • Fourier Series

Students may not receive credit for both ECE 211 and 210.

Topical Prerequisities
  • Calculus
  • Concurrent registration in differential equations
  • Physics-based treatment of electricity and magnetism
  • Introductory exposure to circuit analysis

E. Kudeki and D. C. Munson, Analog Signals and Systems, Prentice Hall, 2008.

ABET Category

Engineering Science: 95%
Engineering Design: 5%

Course Goals

ECE 210 is a required 4-hour course for both electrical engineering and computer engineering majors. The goals are to provide a solid foundation in analog signal processing that will serve as a strong base for further study in digital signal processing, communications, remote sensing, control, and electronics. Topics include circuit analysis, continuous- time linear system theory, Laplace and Fourier transforms, AM radio, and basic analog filter design. ECE 211 is the first half of ECE 210 and is taught as a service course for students outside electrical and computer engineering.

Instructional Objectives

A. At the time of Exam 1 (after 14 lectures), students should be able to:

  • Calculate node voltages and branch currents in linear circuits containing resistors, independent and dependent sources, and operational amplifiers. (a, m)
  • Design simple op amp circuits. (c)
  • Sketch voltage and current waveforms (given one, sketch the other) for capacitors and inductors. (a)
  • Design simple op amp integrators and differentiators. (c)
  • Solve first- and second-order differential equations with constant inputs. (a, m)
  • Manipulate complex numbers and demonstrate an understanding of their meaning. (a, m)

B. At the time of Exam 2 (after 28 lectures), students should be able to do all of the items under A., plus:

  • Understand phasor representation of co-sinusoidal signals and use the method for solving linear differential equations with co-sinusoid inputs. (a, m)
  • Apply the phasor concept to solve circuits for the sinusoidal steady-state response. (a, m)
  • Understand the distinction between instantaneous and average power and use the concept of maximum power transfer. (a, c, m)
  • Derive and sketch the frequency response of a linear circuit or system. (a, m)
  • Calculate the response of dissipative linear systems to multi-frequency inputs (a, m)
  • Calculate the Fourier series of a periodic signal. (a)
  • Apply the Fourier series concept to calculate the output of a system due to a periodic input. (a, m)
Last updated: 5/25/2013 by Erhan Kudeki