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Physics 247: Circuit Analysis Laboratory

This Spring semester course is taken in conjunction with Physics 246 and involves a series of experimental projects that analyze different network configurations.  It utilizes circuit analysis methods, such as Kirchhoff's laws, nodal and mesh equations, resistor combination laws, the superposition theorem, Thevenin's and Norton's theorems, and phasor analysis to characterize both dc and ac circuits.  Software programs are utilized to correlate theoretical, numerical, and experimental results.

Course Outcomes

  1. Perform experiments with dc circuits as part of a project and characterize the operating parameters of these circuits using circuit analysis methods, such as series-parallel resistor and capacitor rules, the superposition theorem, Thevenin's theorem, Norton's theorem, mesh and nodal analysis, and PSPICE.
  2. Perform experiments with ac circuits as part of a project and characterize the operating parameters of these circuits using circuit analysis methods, such as series-parallel resistor and capacitor rules, the superposition theorem, Thevenin's theorem, Norton's theorem, mesh and nodal analysis, phasor analysis, and PSPICE.