Linear Circuits 1: DC Analysis

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About this Course

This course explains how to analyze circuits that have direct current (DC) current or voltage sources. A DC source is one that is constant. Circuits with resistors, capacitors, and inductors are covered, both analytically and experimentally. Some practical applications in sensors are demonstrated.


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Dr. Ferri, Dr. Bonnie H. Ferri is a Professor and the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received the B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, the M.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1984, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1988. Dr. Ferri’s research concentrates on embedded computing, embedded control systems, and engineering education. She has won several research awards including the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award and the 2004 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Magazine. She has co-authored a junior-level textbook and has written a number of papers on engineering education, especially with regard to hands-on education. She is the recipient of the IEEE Education Society Harriet B. Rigas Award in 2007, and she has received several Georgia Tech campus-wide awards for her teaching, mentoring, outreach, and leadership activities.

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Dr. Harris, Dr. Joy Harris is the Director of the Engineering for Social Innovation Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) in Atlanta, GA. She is also an academic faculty member in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at GA Tech. In addition to teaching electrical engineering courses, she provides opportunities for engineering students in any discipline to use their technical skillsets for positive social impact. Dr. Harris is also the Chief Technical Officer of a boutique educational consulting firm that specializes in providing educational content for disabled students. Dr. Harris has published several peer-reviewed research papers; she served as chief editor of the book, Cardiac Defibrillation – Prediction, Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Arrhythmic Events; she was an editor and contributor of an industry trade magazine; and she published an electronics industry market research report. At present, Dr. Harris conducts research in engineering education and has recent publications in IEEE Frontiers in Education and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Express. Dr. Harris is a Leadership Fellow and a leadership coach at GA Tech. She was selected as a 2015 – 2016 Teaching Fellow. She serves on the Board of Advisers for Enterprise 2 Empower, an organization that cultivates and provides resources for social enterprises. Dr. Harris is also a faculty advisor for the GA Tech chapter of Engineers without Borders. Prior to joining GA Tech, Dr. Harris worked as a Senior Packaging Engineering at Intel in Phoenix, AZ. At Intel, she helped design and manufacture Intel processors for smart phones and tablets. She also managed million dollar corporate social responsibility projects. Before Intel, Dr. Harris was a consultant for Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting group in Phoenix, AZ and for American Competitiveness Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Harris received a Bachelors in mathematics from Spelman College and a Bachelors in electrical engineering from GA Tech. She earned her Masters and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Princeton University, and she is currently working towards an MBA at GA Tech. She has a wonderful husband of 14 years and two amazing children, ages 8 and 4.

Objectives Summary

  • Week 1 - Module 1: Introduction
  • Week 2 - Module 2
  • Week 3 - Module 3
  • Week 4 - Module 4
  • Week 5 - Module 5
  • Week 6 - Module 6
  • Week 7 - Module 7


  • This module reviews background material from physics on the basic properties of electricity and electrical circuits.
  • The module describes some basic principles used in circuit analysis.
  • This module demonstrates physical resistive circuits and introduces several systematic ways to solve circuit problems.
  • This module introduces additional methods for analyzing circuit problems and how resistors are used in sensors.
  • This module introduces capacitors and inductors, which are called "reactive" circuit elements.
  • This module introduces the transient response behavior of RC and RL circuits after a switch in a circuit is changed.
  • This module demonstrates useful applications of capacitors and inductors in real engineering systems and introduces the behavior of second-order reactive circuits.

Course Info

Electrical Engineering