2020 Basic Theory of Electric Circuit

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Systems and Control Engineering
Nishida Kenji 
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Tue5-6(S422)  Fri5-6(S422)  
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Course description and aims

The goal of this course is for students to gain an understanding of fundamental approaches for learning electrical engineering, control engineering, and measurement engineering, namely how to handle linear circuits in a frequency domain. Specifically, students will gain an understanding of the complex notation e^(jω) of alternating current and the concept of impedance. On that basis, students will study the basic laws of circuit analysis, resonance circuits, circuit equations, Thevenin's theorem, circuit duality, maximum power transfer theorem, two-terminal pair parameters, and three-phase AC.

Student learning outcomes

[Student learning outcomes] Students will gain an understanding of alternating current theory, in other words jω and the concept of impedance, and learn how to deal with frequency domains through electric circuits.

[Topics] The instructor in this course will explain AC circuits, complex notation, impedance, admittance, resonance circuits, Thevenin's theorem, circuit equations, the principle of duality, two-terminal pair circuits, and three-phase AC, and students will gain an understanding of analysis methods for linear networks.


alternating current circuit, complex plane, impedance, admittance, a resonance circuit,

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The instructor will explain important items while writing main points on the blackboard, and students will do exercises on related content at the end of class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 circuit elements, direct current circuit Understanding circuit elements and direct current circuit
Class 2 alternating current circuit, complex plane Understanding of alternating current circuit and complex plane
Class 3 Impedance Understanding of impedance
Class 4 Resonance Understanding of resonance
Class 5 Trans Understanding of trans
Class 6 Circuit equation Understanding of circuit equations
Class 7 principle of superposition Understanding of the principle of superposition
Class 8 Ho-Thevenin's theorem Understanding of Ho-Thevenin's theorem
Class 9 two‐port parameter Understanding of two‐port parameter
Class 10 Bridge circuit Understanding of bridge circuit
Class 11 Theorems to understand complex circuits Understanding of theorems of complex circuits
Class 12 Theorem to transmit maximized power Understanding of theorem to transmit maximized power
Class 13 three-phase alternating current Understanding of three-phase alternating current
Class 14 symmetric coordinates Understanding of symmetric coordinates
Class 15 practice Total understanding of alternating current circuit

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Basic circuit theorem

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not determined

Assessment criteria and methods

90% by test, and 10% by practice

Related courses

  • EEE.C211 : Analog Electronic Circuits
  • SCE.C202 : Feedback Control

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Sophomore or above

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