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Development of a Circuits Class: Rethinking Traditional Teaching Methods

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





Conference Session

Circuits & Systems Education I

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Electrical and Computer

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Claudio Talarico Gonzaga University

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Claudio Talarico received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Genova, Italy and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Hawaii.
He is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Gonzaga University. Before joining Gonzaga University, he worked at Eastern Washington University, University of Arizona, and in industry, where he held both engineering and management positions at Siemens Semiconductors, IKOS Systems, and Marconi Communications.
Dr. Talarico research interests include digital and mixed analog/digital integrated circuits and systems, computer-aided design methodologies, and design and analysis of embedded systems-on-chip.

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George D. Ricco Gonzaga University

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George D. Ricco is the KEEN Program Coordinator at Gonzaga University in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He completed his doctorate in engineering education from Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education. Previously, he received an M.S. in earth and planetary sciences studying geospatial imaging, and an M.S. in physics studying high-pressure, high-temperature FT-IR spectroscopy in heavy water, both from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He holds a B.S.E. in engineering physics with a concentration in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. His academic interests include longitudinal analysis, visualization, semantics, team formation, gender issues, existential phenomenology, and lagomorph physiology.

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Rick M. Cox Gonzaga University

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Problems with teaching modern introductions to circuit analysis and design are well known and have been extensively documented over the past few decades. Inspired by a few of the researchers in the field, we have designed a collection of supplementary material to be presented in our introductory courses. This material is designed specifically to teach students how to solve problems in a practical manner. Starting off with a reintroduction to fundamental laws (such as Kirchhoff's and Thevenin’s), through addressing concepts such as zeros and poles, the material will provide students a scaffolding to use basic circuits principles and solve complex problems normally onerous to the apprentice electrical engineer. More advanced concepts such as switched capacitors circuits and broadband amplifiers are also covered. Finally, the entirety of this material is compiled for dissemination on a web page for the community at large.

Talarico, C., & Ricco, G. D., & Cox, R. M. (2016, June), Development of a Circuits Class: Rethinking Traditional Teaching Methods Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26792

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