Department of Chemistry, Physics, & Geology


Semester: Fall 2018                 Course: PHYS 315 (001) - Circuit Analysis
Credit hours:
3                       Pre-requisite: PHYS 212 or PHYS 202 and MATH 202 or department chair approval    

Lecture/Lab: M and W: 8-9:15 AM, Sims 113C/207.                                                        

Professor: Dr. Ponn Maheswaranathan (HUMahesUH), Sims 213-B.
Office Hours: MW 9:30 - 11, or by appointment.  
Phone: 323 4940, E-mail:

Textbook  None, Handouts and resources will be provided. 

Course Description                     Assignments

PHYS 315 is an intermediate level circuit analysis course primarily intended for
pre-engineering students and minors in engineering physics. 
The course will cover DC and AC circuits and their design using semiconductor devices.  

Course Objectives

a. Develop an understanding of the techniques used in circuit analysis for electrical and computer engineering.
b. Develop problem-solving skills in circuit analysis. 
c. Gain an understanding of semiconductor devices in science & technology. 

University-Level Competency

Circuit Analysis introduces students to the role of scientific reasoning in designing electronic circuits and solving circuit analysis problems (e.g. analyzing circuits by determining the current and potential differences across circuit elements and trouble-shooting circuit malfunction) They will apply the scientific methodologies of inquiry during the design and analysis of electronic circuits. They will also be introduced to the history of scientific discovery (e.g., circuits and devices are introduced with historical perspectives) and learn that the circuit theories evolve into laws after continuous experimentations. In addition they will see how the scientific advances made in a laboratory transforms into useful technological devices (e.g., the development of the transistor from vacuum tube to silicon chip).   


It is essential to follow the materials and solve problems to gain mastery of circuit analysis. 
Reading assignments, drill exercises, and problems are assigned for each lecture.
The students are advised to make a genuine effort to complete all the assigned work and
to analyze circuits. 

Students with Disabilities/Need of Accommodations for Access:

Winthrop University is committed to providing access to education.  If you have a condition which may adversely impact your ability to access academics and/or campus life, and you require specific accommodations to complete this course, contact the Office of Accessibility (OA) at 803-323-3290, or, Please inform me as early as possible, once you have your official notice of accommodations from the Office of Accessibility.

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Student Conduct Code
The policy on student academic misconduct is outlined in the “Student Conduct" website and the Student Handbook.   

Syllabus change policy
The instructor will make changes to this syllabus as deemed necessary for the progression of the course.

Tests & Final
Two tests [T1: Oct 1 and T2: Nov. 12], 20% each for a total of 40%, homework 20%, and final [Dec. 11, 2018, 8AM] (40%).   

The letter grade will be assigned as follows:
100% - 90% = A     89% - 87% = A-    86% - 84% = B+    83% - 80% = B    79% - 77% = B-   
    76%-74% = C+   73% - 67% = C     66% - 64% = C-       63%-60% = D      59%- 0%  = F