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Course Management
EES 512: Electric Circuits (Fall 2014)
This one-semester lecture/lab course covers general electric circuit parameters and laws. Topics include:
Basic electric circuits, voltage and current sources, resistance, analysis of DC circuits, power
considerations; Concepts of capacitance, inductance, and their transient behavior; Thevenins and
Nortons theorems; Introduction of AC sources, phasors, reactance and impedance, AC analysis of RC,
RL, and RCL circuits, the effect of resonance, real and complex powers in AC circuits.
Dr. Xijia Gu
Office: EPH400C
Tel: (416) 979 5000 ext. 4151

Lecture Hours:

Dr. K. Raahemifar (Course Coordinator)

Office: ENG453
Tel: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6097

Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Place: Consult your RAMS

Office Hours:
Dr. X. Gu: Wednesdays: 1pm to 2pm in EPH400C.
Dr. K. Raahemifar: Wednesdays from 2 pm to 3 pm in ENG 453.
Note #1: The office hours may not be available during examination period, or after Dec. 1st, 2014. Please
take advantage of them as much as possible during the term and on a regular basis.
Note #2: All Sections: Please direct any questions in regards to labs, lab tests, midterm exams, remarking,
and makeup tests to the course coordinator, Dr. Kaamran Raahemifar, at
Prerequisite: MTH140 (Calculus-I) and MTH141 (Linear Algebra)
The course has 3-hrs lecture per week. There are five labs on schedules noted in this course management
The labs are either in ENG 301 or ENG 302. Tutorial sessions may be posted on YouTube. Additional
tutorial sessions would be announced prior to midterm and final exams if a place is available. These
sessions are not mandatory and will be announced in-class.
25 %
Laboratory 4, 5
Mid-Term Test6, 7, 8, 9,
30 %
Final Exam9, 10
45 %
100 %
Note #3: Homework questions are posted on Blackboard. Solutions for the book of Sadiku are already
posted. Although homework has no value, at least two questions from homework will be included in the
midterm and final exams with values changed.
Note #4: Students must achieve passing marks in both theory and lab components separately in
order to receive a passing grade in this course.

Each lab has a pre-lab and a post-lab, they are meant for practice. There are five labs. A group of two
students are supposed to work together to learn how to do the lab components.
Lab 1 does not have pre-lab. Labs 2 to 5 have some pre-lab calculations as well. The pre-labs include
watching the YouTube components of the labs In order to successfully finish the labs, students are strongly
urged to see the YouTube for labs before the labs actually begin. The YouTube covers all the important
aspects of the labs giving a strong support.
The labs mark breakdowns are as follows. Each lab attendance and readiness is marked as 2% (i.e., a total
of 10%). A student who is absent from the lab for 10 minutes (at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end)
will lose the attendance share. A student coming late to the lab is allowed to participate but will not receive
mark for the lab missed. There is no makeup for the labs. The TA may ask to see the measurements, so
please show the measurements to the TA before disconnecting the lab circuit.
Students complete pre-lab report, implementation, and post-lab report in the session and will leave the lab.
Students may consult the TAs for the pre- and post-lab questions if they have any.
There are lab tests that are conducted individually. There are two lab tests worth a total of 15%. The first
lab test is conducted after labs 1 to 3 are completed. It is worth 8%. The second lab test is conducted after
labs 4 and 5 are completed. It is worth 7%. Lab tests are scheduled for one hour per person and have small
pre-lab, implementation, and post-lab reports handed in. These test reports are written per person, will be
marked and posted online. There is no question asked policy for lab tests. Students must use actual lab
sessions as their practice run, as there is no practice lab prior to tests.
Note #5: A student missing two labs, or missing two lab tests, for any reason, will have to report to their
program director or consular for proper planning.
Note #6: The midterm is scheduled on Wednesday Oct. 22th, at 3pm in the regular classroom. Anything
covered up to Oct. 15th will be in this midterm exam.
This exam is a two hours and 30 minutes exam. It has 8 questions. Two questions will be selected from the
homework assigned randomly with values changed.
Note #7: Students missing the midterm for medical reasons can make up the test on Nov. 28th, at 6pm.
Note #8: A remark of midterm papers, if requested, would be done in the last week of classes, i.e., Nov.
24th to 28th. There is no makeup session for missed lab sessions. Anybody who misses a lab session should
make every effort to make it up in any given extra sessions provided a seat is available.
Note #9: The Midterm, makeup test, and the Final Exam are closed book and closed course note
exams. No formula sheet is allowed. Only university-approved calculators are allowed. Also, both midterm
and final exams are no-question-asked exams. Only the non-programmable approved calculator
(Sharp EL546 or Casio fx-991MS and their later models) will be allowed. Please see blackboard and
Youtube on how to use them.
Note #10: The last teaching session is on Wednesday, Nov. 26th. The Official final exam will be
announced by the timetabling dept. Final exam includes materials discussed from beginning to the end.
Note #11: Important Dates:
Friday, Oct. 3rd: Final date to drop a Fall undergraduate class for full- time
Undergraduate program students to be eligible for a 50% refund
(if a class drop results in a lower fee range).

Monday Oct. 13th: Thanksgiving day. No classes.
Monday Oct. 13th to Friday Oct. 17th: Study Week. Teaching sessions in Engineering will continue.
Sunday, Nov. 2nd: Daylight Saving Time ends.
Friday, Nov. 14: Final date for full undergraduate students to drop Fall 2014
courses in good academic standing (no refund of Fall 2014 fees).
REFERENCES (Check Bookstore and/or POD 252):
(1) Reference Text Book: Custome Made version of Fundamentals of Electric Circuits by C. K.
Alexander and M. N. O. Sadiku, Fourth Editon, McGrawHill. 2009.
Note: The questions assigned do not match the softcopy of third edition of this book.
(2) EES512 Laboratory: Laboratory Manual by A. OHalloran and K. Raahemifar, posted online on
Blackboard. Download from the course Blackboard site.

Web Pages: EES 512 Blackboard,

EES 512 Course Outline (From Book of Sadiku)

Week 1
Week 2

Ch. 1

Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

Ch. 2
Ch. 3
Ch. 4

Week 6
Week 7
Week 8

Ch. 6
Ch. 7

Week 9
Week 10

1) Appendix
2) Course
Notes on
Ch. 9
Ch. 10
Ch. 11

Week 11
Week 12
Week 13


Introduction to EES512: scope and objectives, course management.

Basic concepts, charge, current, voltage, power, reference direction,
resistance and Ohms Law, power dissipation, characteristics of
Series and parallel circuits, Kirchhoffs Laws, ground potential,
voltage and current division principles, Wheatstone bridge, ideal and
real voltage sources, Nodal, Mesh, Superposition, and Source
Transformation Techniques, Thevenins and Norton theorems,
maximum power transfer and power transfer efficiency.
Capacitance, practical capacitors, series and parallel connections,
transients in RC circuits. Self-inductance, series and parallel
connections, transients in RL circuits, time constants and graphical
Generation of AC voltages, parameters of AC waveforms, average
and effective (RMS) values, review of complex number algebra,
phasor representation, impedance and admittance, capacitive and
inductive reactance.

Series R-L, R-C and R-L-C loads, general series-parallel AC

circuits. Phasor analysis of AC currents, voltage, and phase shifts.
Resonance in R-L-C circuits, resonant frequency, bandwidth and Qfactor, power dissipated in AC loads.
EES 512 Class ends on Dec. 1st. Final exam (45%)

A fresh hardcopy of the lab manuals per lab session will be provided when group attends the session.
Students must pass both the lab and theory parts separately to pass the course.

Lab Regulations
1) Students attend the lab in a group of two, unless otherwise noted by the TA.
2) Students must prepare for each lab. Read the Introduction in the Laboratory Manual. To
optimize the time in the lab, students are strongly urged to watch the YouTube Videos related to
the labs before they come in for the lab. Anyone coming to lab late by 10 minutes will be
marked as absent. There is no make-up lab. A Lab exemption will be made only on valid
medical report.
3) A grade zero is assigned to a student who is absent for 10 minutes during the lab, or do not
complete the lab components. Being absent from two lab tests is equivalent to failing the course,
with the exception of extreme medical case.
4) Each student in the group needs to bring with her/him the pre-lab. Students need not to hand in
pre-lab materials.
5) Each student in the group will be asked to show at least one implementation (measurement) to the
TA. A grade zero for implementation will be assigned to a student who is not able to show the
measurement in the lab in the presence of the TA.
6) The TA has the right to ask questions in regards to pre-labs, implementation, or post-lab questions,
or to modify the lab assigned to evaluate students on the implementation part.
7) Remember that your TA should sign your lab implementation page, before you leave the lab.
8) There is one post-lab per group. Students do NOT have to hand in pre- and post-lab reports. Each
student would be tested by lab tests and students are strongly encouraged to take the labs seriously
while it is running in normal sessions. Failing the lab tests is equivalent to failing the course.
One hour lab test (implementation + written test) will be held per schedule noted below. Students will be
informed of the order in which the students will enter the lab room for the test. Out of the three labs (labs 1
to 3), in the first lab test, and out of the last two labs (labs 4 and 5), a lab test is designed which includes
pre-lab (approximately 15 minutes) and requires implementation and measurements (approximately 45
minutes). The TA should see and sign the measurements sheet. The mark distributions of a lab test are
shown on the lab test sheet.
Term LAB Schedule:
Sept. 1st to 5th
Sept. 8th to 12th
Sept. 15th to 19th
Sept. 22th to 26th
Sept. 29rd to Oct. 3rd
Oct. 6th to 10th
Oct. 13th to 17th
Oct. 20th to 24th
Oct. 27rd to 31th
Nov. 3th to 7th
Nov. 10th to 14th

No lab
No lab
Lab #1
Lab #2
Lab #3
Lab Test #1 (8%)
No Lab (Study Week)
No Lab
Lab #4
Lab #5
Second Midterm Test
Lab Test #2 (7%)

Weekly Lab Scheduled:

10 am to 12 noon
10 am to 12 noon
12 noon to 2pm
2 pm to 4pm

8am to 10am
10am to 12 noon

ENG 301
ENG 302
ENG 302
ENG 302
ENG 302
ENG 302

Wednesdays 10 am to 12 am
12 noon to 2pm
12 noon to 2pm

ENG 302
ENG 301
ENG 302


ENG 302

10 am to 12 am

This is the final schedule.

There are no makeup lab sessions. Please note that those registered in the specific session have priority
over those who are dropping by unannounced. The accommodation of those who are not registered in a
specific lab session depends on the availability of the lab desks.