Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
Electrical circuits and Network Analysis
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Biomedical Engineering - Torino
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Environmental And Land Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Canavero Flavio ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     59 21 0 0 12
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-IND/31 8 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria elettrica
Subject fundamentals
The main objective of the course is to introduce students to the basic laws governing lumped electrical circuits. It provides the essential background required to fruitfully attend the electronic courses and to understand the recent key electrical and electronic applications. In particular the course focuses on the fundamental tools to analyze resistive circuits and dynamic circuits operating in the sinusoidal steady-state and to compute the transient response of first- and second-order circuits.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of the constitutive relations governing the basic circuit elements (RLCM). Knowledge of the different techniques for circuit analysis along with their key features, strengths and limitations. Ability to analyze electric circuits, choosing the most convenient techniques. Specifically, knowledge of the inspection method for the analysis of the transient response of first- and second-order circuits and of the phasor method for the analysis of circuits operating in the sinusoidal steady-state. The students will be ready to compute the voltage-current constitutive relation of any two-terminal element that consists of the interconnection of basic two-terminal elements, to solve simple direct- and alternate-current electrical circuits with RLCM components and to compute the transient response of first- and second-order circuits. The practice sessions will help students to improve their problem-solving skill, allowing them to exchange their experience on the selection of the best possible solution method for the different classes of application problems.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Mathematics: derivatives and integrals, complex numbers, linear algebra and matrix analysis, algebraic linear systems, first- and second-order linear differential equations. Physics: power and energy, basic electromagnetics.
- Fundamentals of electrical circuits and techniques for the analysis of resistive circuits: lumped approximation, voltage, current, power, reference directions, Kirchhoff laws, Tellegenís theorem and conservation of energy, basic circuit elements (resistors and ideal generators), series and parallel connection of resistive one-port elements, voltage and current dividers. Nodal analysis and network theorems (substitution, superposition, Millmann, Thevenin and Norton). Ideal transformer, controlled sources and operational amplifiers. Maximum power transfer;
- Introduction to dynamical circuits: characteristics and properties of inductors, capacitors and mutual inductors, series and parallel connection of inductors and capacitors;
- First-order RC and RL circuits: analysis by inspection under piecewise-constant generators and/or switches;
- Second-order circuits: extension to the transient analysis of circuits with two dynamical elements;
- Sinusoidal steady-state analysis: circuit equations in sinusoidal steady state (AC), symbolic analysis, phasors, AC power and power factor correction;
- Frequency-domain response of dynamical circuits.
Delivery modes
Standard lectures and in-class exercise sessions aimed at practicing the general circuit analysis methods presented during the lectures.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Reference textbook:
R. Perfetti, "Circuiti Elettrici", 2.a edizione, Ed. Zanichelli, 2013. Contenuti online per lo studente in "online.universita.zanichelli.it/perfetti"

Additional textbooks:
C.K. Alexander, M.N.O. Sadiku, Circuiti elettrici, 3.a ed., McGraw-Hill, 2008
A. R. Hambley: Elettrotecnica - 4.a edizione, Pearson, 2009
C.R. Paul, Fundamentals of Electric Circuit Analysis, J.Wiley, 2001
R.C. Dorf, J.A. Svoboda, Circuiti Elettrici, Apogeo, 2001
Assessment and grading criteria
The knowledge, and the ability to apply it, will be verified during the final examination, which is structured in a written test (duration 90 min). The exam includes 5 elementary problems (4 points each, total 20 points) and one or two more complex circuits (12 points total). During the written test, it is possible to use a scientific calculator; no texts, books and notes are admitted. An optional short oral test is allowed for students obtaining the maximum score in the written exam to reach the grade 30L.

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