ECE 3054 Electrical Theory | ECE | Virginia Tech

Undergraduate PROGRAMS

Course Information


For students in curricula other than ECE. Fundamentals of electric circuits: circuit laws and network theorems, operational amplifiers, energy storage elements, response of first and second order systems, AC steady state analysis.

Why take this course?

This course is designed as an introductory course to the fundamental principles of electrical engineering for students not majoring in electrical or computer engineering. It is necessary to grasp the material in this course in order to continue in the other ECE courses designed for non-electrical engineers (e.g., 3254). This course introduces the basic circuit elements and teaches modeling and analysis skills. Having completed this course, the student should be familiar with the laws and theorems of network analysis and should have sufficient background to continue in more advanced courses dealing with electronics, controls, instrumentation, and rotating machinery.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the steady state and transient response of simple electric circuits
  • Analyze a general class of electric circuits with R, L, and C components.
  • Develop the Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits
  • Use differential equations to solve basic circuit problems.
  • Obtain the frequency response (transfer) function for simple circuits

Course Topics


Percentage of Course

Circuit variables and elements 10%
Resistive circuit laws 10%
Nodal and mesh analysis 10%
Circuit theorems 10%
Operational amplifiers 10%
Energy storage elements (L and C) 10%
First and second order circuits 10%
AC steady state analysis 10%
AC power 10%
Frequency response and filters 10%