EECS 202 - Intro to Electrical Engineering

Quarter Offered

Fall : 2-2:50 MTuWF ; Taflove / Mikhelson / Mohseni
Winter : 10-10:50 MTuWF ; Taflove / Mikhelson / Grayson
Spring : 10-10:50 MTuWF ; Taflove / Mikhelson / Mohseni


CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Introduction to fundamental concepts and applications of electrical engineering.  Topics include:  circuit analysis;  sinusoids and spectra;  analog filtering;  signal sampling and digital filtering;  channel capacity;  feedback and control systems;  optical components and systems;  transistor and operational amplifiers;  and semiconductor devices including diodes, transistors, light-emitting diodes, and lasers.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: None. Relevant class materials are placed on the Blackboard website of the course.


1. James H. McClellan, R. W. Schafer, and M. A. Yoder, DSP First: a Multimedia Approach, Prentice Hall, 1998.

2. K. C. Pohlman, The Compact Disc Handbook, A-R Editions, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, 1992.

3. M. Plonus, Electronics and Communications for Scientists and Engineers, Harcourt/Academic Press, 2001.

COURSE INSTRUCTORS: Prof. Allen Taflove, Prof. Selim Shahriar, Prof. Matthew Grayson, Prof. Hooman Mohseni, Prof. Arthur Butz (Fall), Prof. Allen TafloveIlya MikhelsonProf. Matthew Grayson (Winter), Prof. Allen TafloveIlya MikhelsonProf. Hooman Mohseni (Spring)


COURSE GOALS: This is the first class in the electrical engineering part of the EECS curriculum, and our electrical engineering Basic Engineering offering to all of the students in McCormick. Our goal is to introduce students to the broad field of electrical engineering through a single unifying example, the compact disk (CD) player, which includes elements representative of most of electrical engineering (and some of computer engineering).  Note that the focus of EECS 202 is not really the CD player itself — it is only the vehicle through which we hope to convey some of the fundamental principles and modern practice of electrical engineering, and how these make such a device possible and affordable.



Week 1: Introduction to the course and overview of electrical engineering.  Introduction to electric circuits:  voltage, current, resistors, Ohmʼs Law, sign convention, power.

Week 2: Kirchhoffʼs current and voltage laws, node and loop equations, circuit simplification, Thevenin equivalent circuit, capacitors and inductors.

Week 3: Introduction to sinusoidal steady-state analysis, complex numbers and arithmetic, phasors, impedances, basic passive analog filters.  Introduction to operational amplifiers and active analog filters.

Week 4: Introduction to signals and systems, including applications in electrical engineering, life sciences, and finance.  Analog-to-digital conversion:  sampling, aliasing, quantization, binary representation.  Time and frequency domains.

Week 5: Analog and digital filtering, quantization and compression, multimedia applications and demonstrations.

Week 6: Introduction to communications systems.  Fundamental concepts:  power, bandwidth, noise, Shannon capacity, error control.

Week 7: Overview of electromagnetic waves and applications, Maxwellʼs equations, plane electromagnetic waves in free space, polarization.

Week 8: Interference, diffraction and confinement of electromagnetic waves, electromagnetic waves in materials, propagation of electromagnetic waves in optical fibers, application to compact disks.

Week 9: Introduction to solid-state engineering:  electrons, holes, conduction and valence bands, drift and diffusion.

Week 10: P-N junctions, current-voltage characteristics, light-emitting diodes, optical detectors, solar cells.


HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS: Weekly homeworks to test and reinforce concepts taught in class.


  1. The inner workings of a compact disk player.
  2. Elementary circuits and instrumentation.
  3. Digital signal processing.
  4. Communications.
  5. Control systems.
  6. Fiber optics, lasers.
  7. Cardiac pacemakers.


  • Homeworks – 9% (9 assignments, each 1%)
  • Labs – 35% (7 labs, each 5%)
  • Midterm Exams – 20% (open notes)
  • Final Exam - 36% (open notes)

COURSE OBJECTIVES: When a student completes this course, s/he should be able to:

  1. Have an awareness of several of the key physical principles and mathematical concepts forming the foundation of the field of electrical engineering.
  2. Have a basic understanding of and means to analyze linear passive circuits including their analog and digital signal representations and filtering characteristics.
  3. Have a basic understanding of how an electrical system works overall.
  4. Have an exposure to some exciting labs which can relate to some electronic equipment that students see in their day-to-day lives.

ABET CONTENT CATEGORY: 100% Engineering.