EE101: Introduction to Electrical Engineering

This document is subject to change without notice. Last updated 8 Aug 2017.

Fall 2017 Syllabus

Instructor: Chris Pauli, email:, office: Workman 179, phone: 575-835-5695, website:

Class time & place: Workman 113, Tuesday 11am-12:15pm

Lab time & place: Workman 116, Thursday 11am-2pm or Friday 2-5pm

Office hours: TR: 10-11am, or anytime my office door is open

Help sessions: MTWR 5-8pm in Workman Center 116 (subject to change), link to Digital Lab schedule

Course description: A broad overview of electrical engineering, including an introduction to analog and digital circuitry. In addition, practical exercises are undertaken using the EE department's computer-based applications and lab equipment.

Corequisite: MATH 103

Place in curriculum: Course for both majors and non-majors.

Course learning objectives: Gain hands-on knowledge, practice laboratory skills, gain experience with basic electrical components, learn good documentation habits and have fun!

Grading: Each component is graded individually and corresponds to 50% of the final grade. Both components must be passed individually in order to receive a passing grade for the course.

  • Class component:
    • Homework: 40%
    • Quizzes: 20%
    • Midterm exam: 20%
    • Final exam: 20%
  • Lab component:
    • Lab write-ups, including pre-lab: 60%
    • Project: 20%
    • Quiz(s): 20%

Materials required for each lab: Blue or black pen and lab notebook (provided).

Textbook (optional: a handy reference though no homework will come out of it): Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition by Paul Scherz and Simon Monk, ISBN: 0071771336 / 9780071771337, errata found on publisher's website here. Or Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition by Paul Scherz and Simon Monk, ISBN: 1259587541 / 9781259587542.

Classroom electronics policy: Hand taken notes strongly recommended. No cell phones, tablets, or laptops may be used during class time with the exception of tablet based note taking. Only basic/scientific calculators will be allowed on quizzes and tests. A calculator with easy to use fraction capabilities is recommended, such as the TI-30XS Multiview or fx-300ES PLUS. If you have a question on this policy, please come see me.


Basic idea, will evolve over the semester, last updated 8 Aug 2017

Week Date class, lab Topic HW Lab
1 Aug 22, 24/25 Voltage, Current, Ohm's Law, KVL, KCL HW #1 Lab 0: Meet and Greet and Lecture
2 Aug 29, 31/Sept 1 Series & Parallel Circuits HW #2 Lab 1: Resistors
(example lab write-up & how to lab-book)
3 Sept 5, 7/8 Power, Grounds, Nodes HW #3 Lab 2: Resistive Circuits
4 Sept 12, 14/15 Capacitors, Netlists, Wire HW #4
Lab 3: Multisim: Resistive circuits
5 Sept 19, 21/22 RC Circuits HW #5 Lab 4: Multisim: RC Circuit
6 Sept 26, 28/29 Alternating Current (AC) HW #6 Lab 5: Analog: Intro to Analog Lab
7 Oct 3, 5/6 Nodal/Mesh Analysis HW #7 Lab 6: Multisim: 555 Timer
8 Oct 10, 12/13 Midterm exam - Lab 7: Multisim & Ultiboard: TinyMatrix
9 Oct 17, 19/20 Nodal/Mesh Analysis HW #8 No lab: 49ers
10 Oct 24, 26/27 Norton/Thieving Theorems HW #9 Lab 8: Analog: RC_Circuits
11 Oct 31, Nov2/3 Operational Amplifiers HW #10 Lab 9: Analog: Operational Amplifier
12 Nov 7, 9/10 HW #11 Soldering lab
13 Nov 14, 16/17 Basics of Digital Electronics HW #12 Wire wrapping lab
(Project, example reply)
14 Nov 21, 23/24 Logic Gates, Combinational Logic HW #12 No lab: Thanksgiving
15 Nov 28, 30/Dec 1 Simplification of Digital Circuits HW #13 Lab 10: Multisim: Digital Logic
16 Dec 5, 7/8 Test review - Lab 11: Digital Logic
17 Sometime during
the week of
Dec 11
Final Exam
- Bring lab book
- Can have 4x6in note card (see rules)
- Can use basic/scientific calculator
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