Circuit Theory

Most of electrical engineering was invented by 1925, reduced to practice by 1935, and mathematically analyzed and scientifically understood by 1945. So what makes this book different? Symbolic computation programs such as MATLAB, MuPAD, and Mathematica eliminate calculators and time consuming math. Cloud computing at sites like Circuit Lab make simulation possible on a cell phone. This leaves room for more material to be covered at greater depth.

This Course

The 1st and 2nd order differential equations can be solved with Euler's equation (phasors) and calculus. This solution technique is compared with Laplace transforms. The course builds on Kirchhoff's laws to write differential equations using transfer functions. The particular solution reduces to a final condition if sources are replaced with a unit step function. All that needs to be calculated is the homogeneous step response. Then response to any complex voltage or current source can then be found through the convolution integral.


This book will expect the reader to have a firm understanding of Calculus specifically, and will not stop to explain the fundamental topics in Calculus. This book shows where Laplace transforms provide an alternative solution, but only in a few examples in parallel with phasor solutions.

This book is not nearly completed, and could still use a lot of work. People with knowledge of the subject are encouraged to contribute.

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Warning: The print version is over 90 pages long, as of 2 August 2006.

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Circuit BasicsEdit


Circuit AnalysisEdit

Steady State ResponseEdit

Circuit Analysis Tips and TricksEdit

Impedance, Node, MeshEdit

Source TransformationEdit

Tips and TricksEdit

Transient ResponseEdit

State VariablesEdit