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Electric Circuit Analysis in MATLAB and Simulink

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Instrumentation Division Technical Session 1

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24.466.1 - 24.466.12



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Asad Yousuf Savannah State University

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Mohamad A. Mustafa Savannah State University


Claire Cynthia Lehman Bill's Robotic Solutions

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William Lehman is President of Bill’s Robotic Solutions which he started in July of 2013. He has had over twenty years of experience in software and hardware development. He has worked on numerous projects in digital communication systems, robotics, and aerospace applications. For the past seven years he has taught technology education mainly at the high school level. Mr. Lehman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1979 from Catholic University of America, Washington DC.

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Electric Circuit Analysis in MATLAB and SimulinkElectric Circuit Analysis I is the first course that the students take in Electrical EngineeringTechnology and the dropout rate is high in this course because students loose interest in justsolving problems and analyzing them using simulation software packages. The predesignedsoftware packages are not helpful in understanding the calculation and analysis of electricalcircuit components. This paper will discuss Electrical Circuit Analysis in MATLAB andSimulink. The Electrical Circuit analysis activity demands an interdisciplinary approach whichpromotes collaborative project-based learning (PBL). During the undergraduate summer researchtraining program the students were given the task to solve problems in Electric Circuit I course.However, the students working on this had the Electric Circuit I course during the academicyear. These students were selected as tutors for the students taking the Electric Circuit I course inthe fall semester to help them understand the concept of Electric Circuit I problem solving usingMATLAB. It was observed that with implementing the problems in MATLAB the students weregaining a better understanding of Electric Circuit problems and their interest level was alsoincreased which resulted in better retention in the course. The name MATLAB stands forMATrix LABoratory. MATLAB was written originally to provide easy access to matrix softwaredeveloped by the LINPACK (linear system package) and EISPACK (Eigen system package)projects. MATLAB is computational in nature which provides conceptual approach for designingand solving problems in Electrical Circuits. MATLAB has embedded software calledSIMULINK which provides an essential way to model, simulate and analyze Electrical Systemswhich are characterized by some inputs and outputs. This paper will discuss the summerundergraduate research training project in which the students tested the basic electrical circuits toexplore Basic DC/AC circuit computations. The students were also introduced todesign/implementation, testing and verification. Students not only worked with other studentstaking the Electric Circuit I course on campus during fall semester but also worked with the areahigh school students during the summer programs conducted for creating interest in ElectricalEngineering Technology programs.

Yousuf, A., & Mustafa, M. A., & Lehman, C. C. (2014, June), Electric Circuit Analysis in MATLAB and Simulink Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20357

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