Circuits and Systems Spring 2018





Steady-state circuit analysis, sinusoidal excitation, phasor method, Fourier series, Fourier transforms, time

domain analysis, impulse response, convolution, sampling and modulation.

Prerequisites: Math. 20A-B-C, ECE 15, and ECE 35.

Class times and location (Spring 2016):

Lectures Tu Th 2:00-3:20p CSB 002 

Discussion: Fri 1:00p-1:50p CSB 001


MT1 Tues May 1, in class

MT2 Thurs May 24, in class

Final: (Tues) 06/12/2018 3:00p - 5:59p Location CSB 002

Office Hours:

Prof. Franceschetti OH: After class or by appointment ATK4302

Teaching Assistant OH: Mon and Wed 10:30-12:30


TA Location: Jacobs Hall Room 5101D (back left cubicle of the Tutoring Center).

ECE tutoring center available Jacobs Hall 5101 M-F 8am-5pm

Class Organization and Grading:

There will be two Midterms and one Final plus homework assignments.

Class grade is: 10% Homeworks, 25% each Midterm 40% final.

During the midterms and final you are not allowed to use calculators, computers, ipods, phones etc. Since this class does not stress memorizing formulas, but rather understanding how to solve problems from basic principles, all formulas required to solve problems in the exams, for example tables of Fourier transforms,  will be given in class.

Homework Policy:: The class uses a grade your own homework policy. All attempted solutions must be submitted by the deadline to earn 10% of the final grade. After submitting your homework you should check the posted solutions and if you have questions discuss them with the TA. All programming assignments should be completed by the deadline to earn full 10% marks.

Labs: The class does not have formal labs, but the homeworks will contain some programming assignments to be done using MATLAB. These practical problems are designed to gain a deeper understanding of the theory in a practical setting.

Study Material: Lecture notes are posted on-line. A good resource for additional material is the wikibook on signals and systems We also maintain a blog with lecture topics and pointers to additional material in the announcements section of the website.

Additional  material and problems can be found in the classic book “Signals and Systems” by Oppenheim and Willsky. Sample copies of past exams with solutions are posted on line. In addition to homeworks you are advised to attempt additional problems from any signals book. We keep an agenda of the material covered and possible problem sets on-line.