Circuits and Systems





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 3:30-4:50p CENTR 212 

Discussion: Fri 2:00p-2:50p CENTR 212


MT1 (Th) 04/27 in class

MT2 (Th) 05/11 in class

Final: (Mon) 06/12/2017 3:00p - 5:59p Location TBA

Office Hours:

Prof. Franceschetti OH: After class or by appointment ATK4302

Teaching Assistants OH: Tues-Thurs 11:45am-1:45pm


ATK 4th floor pod, from the elevator right-left.

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. Additional reading material is from the 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 the book. We keep an agenda of the material covered and possible problem sets on-line.