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Teaching Introductory Circuit Analysis Using A Signal Processing Approach

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Curriculum Development in Electrical ET

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10.1212.1 - 10.1212.12



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James Bryant

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Session # 3247


Professor (Electronic Engineering Technology)

DeVry University; Columbus, OH 43209


This paper suggests that a traditionally modeled circuit analysis course may no longer provide the optimal preparation for the more advanced courses in a contemporary Electrical or Electronic Engineering curriculum. Specifically most contemporary Electrical Engineering and Electronic Engineering curricula emphasize courses that either directly or indirectly involve electronic signal processing in some fashion. It therefore seems appropriate to expect an introductory circuit analysis course to adopt where possible, a signal processing perspective.

The signal processing perspective requires a teaching orientation that views the electronic circuit as a functional entity designed to receive an input signal and to produce a desired output signal. The circuit transfer function is introduced as the mathematical expression that describes the relationship between the input and output signal. An introductory circuit analysis course emphasizing a signal processing perspective should not be confused with an advanced analog signal processing course that requires advanced mathematical background such as the Laplace Transform. However the introductory circuit analysis course can and should emphasize a signal processing perspective where it is possible and appropriate.

This paper presents a strategy for teaching introductory circuit analysis from a signal processing perspective. The strategy incorporates an appropriate orientation and sequencing of introductory circuit analysis material as well as the use of computer simulation and mathematics based software to enhance and facilitate the signal processing emphasis. Introduction

Introductory circuit analysis has long been a standard required first course in Electrical and Electronic Engineering curricula. The course traditionally involves calculating current, voltage and power for a variety of DC and AC circuit configurations. AC analysis typically involves circuits that contain resistors, capacitors, and inductors under sinusoidal excitation.

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Bryant, J. (2005, June), Teaching Introductory Circuit Analysis Using A Signal Processing Approach Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14415

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