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335 Durham or 247 ASC I
- Mon: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Tue: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Wed: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Thu: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Or by appointment.
Meeting times & places
Lectures are in Hoover 1213 on Mon, Wed, and Fri at 10:00 a.m.
- Section 1: Tue 11:00 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. in Coover 2014.
- Section 2: Tue 2:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Coover 2011. (Note: same time as section 9)
- Section 3: Wed 2:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Coover 2011.
- Section 4: Wed 5:10 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Coover 2011.
- Section 9: Tue 2:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Coover 2014. (Note: same time as section 2)
You are not required to use a specific textbook for EE 201, but it is strongly recommended that you have a book to use as a reference while taking 201 or for later classes. There are many, many circuits textbook available. Several good ones are listed below. Since basic circuit concepts have not changed for a century or so, it is not essential that you use the most recent edition of a textbook.
Before settling on a particular text to buy, you might consider wandering up to the EE/CprE section of the library and looking over some of the books available there. Generally speaking, the EE/CprE books are in the TK4 to TK8 section of the library, located on the 7th tier (one of the creepier places in the library).
- Electric Circuits by Nilsson and Riedel (now up to the 11th edition).
This is the listed text for EE 201, and the 11th edition is stocked by the bookstore. Nilsson was a long-time ISU EE professor, and many generations of EE/CprE students have learned circuits from Nilsson directly or by using his books. This book is is a world-wide best seller.
- Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis by Irwin and Nelms (11th edition is the most recent).
- Fundamentals of Electric Circuits by Alexander and Sadiku (6th edition is the most recent).
- Introduction to Electric Circuits by Dorf and Svoboda (9th edition is the most recent).
- Engineering Circuit Analysis by Hayt, Kemmerly, Phillips, and Durbin (9th edition is the most recent).
- homework - 20%
- quizzes - 25%
- exams - 25%
- Lab - 30%
- A: 100% - 93.4% ; A-: 93.3% - 90.0%
- B+: 89.9% - 86.7% ; B: 86.6% - 83.4% ; B-: 83.3% - 80.0%
- C+: 79.9% - 76.7% ; C: 76.6% - 73.4% ; C-: 73.3% - 70.0%
- D+: 69.9% - 65.0% ; D: 64.9% - 60.0% ; D-: 59.9% - 55.0%
- A correct answer (with correct units) and supporting work will earn 10 points.
- A correct numerical answer (with supporting work) but with incorrect or missing units earns 9 points.
- Simple math or substituion errors, which can be easily found in the supporting work will reduce the score to 8 or 9 points.
- Incorrect starting equations or misconceptions at the outset of a problem will reduce the score to between 3 and 7 points, depending on how far off the analysis is.
- If you can manage to get your name on the paper (spelled correctly, of course), but not much else, then you earn 3 points.
- If your work is sloppy or illegibile, GT and the other graders will not take the time to decipher it — the score will be reduced depending on how much of the work can be read easily.
- A submission that has only the final answer — correct or not — will earn 3 points. In other words, be sure to include enough work to show how you arrived at the answer.
- There will be weekly homework assignments. The problems are assigned according to lectures — typically two problems per lecture. Five or six problems are grouped to make a homework set. Examine the homework schedule carefully to know when specific homework problems must be turned in.
- Homework sets are due on Fridays at 10:50 a.m. (i.e. at the end of class).
- Homework is to be done individually (each student turns in their own work).
- Some homework problems will use SPICE, which is a circuit analysis program.
- Each homework problem will be assigned on a separate sheet of paper with a space for a final answer. While not required, it is recommended that you write out and submit your solutions on these sheets. While doing this may use more paper, it makes grading easier (and hence probably improves your score) and helps you in preparing a good quality homework solution. If you are worried about excessive paper usage, you can put two problems on one sheet of paper, using both the front and back.
- Late policy: During the semester, you are allowed to turn in two homework sets late with no penalty, meaning that you can't get the homework set done by Monday, you can wait to turn in on the following Monday at class time. As long as it is turned in by Monday, you will get normal credit for the work. If it is turned in after Monday, you get no credit. After using your two "freebies", no further late homework will be accepted.
- Putting a bit of effort into writing up a good quality homework solution will likely pay dividends in the form of better scores. A recommended approach is to first work out the problem on scratch paper. Keep all of your mistakes, cross-outs, curse words, and other nonsense on the scratch paper. Once you have the solution worked out, write a clean version on the provided homework page and submit that. If you make it easy for the graders to follow your work and see how you arrived at the answer, they will reward you with lots of partial credit, even if the answer is not correct. On the other hand, if you submit the homework on a sandwich wrapper that looks like it may have dragged through the sewers of Ames by a raccoon, with half of work crossed out and an illegible answer wedged into a mangled corner of the sheet, the grader may have give up and simply assign a score of 0.
- Finally: [Begin rant] Go to your favorite discount store and spend two dollars for a small stapler and a life-time supply of staples. Staple your homework sheets together before turning them in. Homework sheets that are loose or are attached in some lame fashion (wadded up, twisted together, tied in knots, or folded into origami creations) will not be accepted. [End rant]
- There will be quizzes most days in class — check the schedule.
- Typically, each quiz will have two questions. Generally, the questions will involve a calculation of some sort. Occasionally, one of the question may more conceptual, requiring a short written answer. Each question will be worth 5 points, and so the entire quiz is worth 10 points.
- The quiz problems will be similar to the on-line practice problems.
- The entire quiz can usually be completed in 10 minutes or less.
- The quizzes are closed book and closed notes. Required physical constants and pertinent formulas will be provided on the quiz sheet.
- Standard scientific calculators can be used for the quizzes. In fact, they are probably required, unless you are some sort of math prodigy. So be sure to bring your calculator to class every day.
- There are no make-up quizzes — if you miss a quiz for any reason (planned or unplanned), the score will be 0.
- There will be around 33 quizzes during the semester. When it comes to compute final grades, your lowest three quiz scores will be dropped from consideration. In other words, you can miss or bomb three quizzes without having any effect on your course grade.
- There will be three exams in EE 201 check the schedule for specific dates. The third exam will be given during finals week.
- The exams are closed-book and closed-notes. However, a formula sheet will be provided to you for use during each exam.
- You are allowed to use a scientifc calculator during the exam be sure to bring yours (and some spare batteries.).
- Each exam will be weighted the same, i.e. each is worth 8.333% of your total grade.
- If you have a valid reason for not being able to take an exam at the scheduled time, a make-up exam can be scheduled. Arrangements for make-up exams must be made prior to the scheduled exam date!
Where to go for help
- See GT during office hours.
- Talk to GT after class.
- Send GT an email ask your question directly or set a up time to meet in person.
- Ask a classmate for help. (Try to pick one who actually knows what is going on.)
- Talk to one of your lab TAs during lab.
- Send an email to one of your lab TAs ask your question directly or set a up time to meet in person.
- Go to the HKN help room.
- Hire a tutor.
Accommodations, dishonesty, safety
- If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please make arrangements to meet with me soon. Please request that a Disability Resources staff send a SAAR form verifying your disability and specifying the accommodation you will need.
- Cheating will not be tolerated. If you are caught cheating, GT will take action against you. At bare minimum, you will receive a 0 on the illicit work. However, a more likely outcome is that you will have to drop EE 201, and maybe take it again sometime in the future. For egregious offenses, the cheating will be referred to the Dean of Students, who may take further action. See the university's academic dishonesty page for all the unpleasant details.
- This class has a substantial hands-on laboratory section. Students will be using expensive, sensitive, and potentially hazardous test equipment. Safety in the lab is a number one priority for students and instructors and to ensure a safe laboratory experience, a brief safety presentation will be given the first day of lab. It is mandatory that all students attend this presentation. Moreover, it is expected that students follow any and all posted safety guidelines. For reference, the university has a Laboratory Safety Manual.