RC and RL
First Order
Circuits
ECET 303
First Order Circuits
RC circuits contain resistors and capacitors only
(no inductors)
RL circuits contain resistors and inductors only
(no capacitors)
They are first order circuits because they
involve first order

Learning Outcome Assessment Week 10
Students, by the end of the week, are able to:
1. Convert complex numbers between polar and rectangular form.
2. Calculate the sinusoidal steady state output for RLC circuits.
1. For the following fraction, find the rea

Learning Outcome Assessment Week 11
Students, by the end of the week, are able to:
1. Identify the major elements of a Bode plot.
2. Create a Bode plot for a circuit using Multisim
3. Calculate attenuation as a function of octaves, decades and order of a

Engineering Method for Problem Solving
1. Recognize and
Understand the
Problem
Recognize and define the problem precisely. Sometimes the
problem is not well defined, and you must eliminate things that are
not important, and focus on the root problem. Work

Learning Outcome Assessment Week 8
Students, by the end of the week, are able to:
1. Differentiate and Integrate various waveforms.
2. Solve the voltage or current equation for a single order circuit.
1. For the circuit below, if I wanted to solve for the

Learning Outcome Assessment Week 2
Students, by the end of the week, are able to:
1. Use mesh analysis to obtain answers for various resistive circuits.
2. Define the process to perform Supermesh analysis
3. Develop solutions to dependent circuit problems

Learning Outcome Assessment Week 3
Students, by the end of the week, are able to:
1. Determine when to use Nodal Analysis to solve resistive circuit problems, and complete the
solution.
2. Determine whether to use Nodal or Mesh Analysis for a given resist

Learning Outcome Assessment Week 5
Students, by the end of the week, are able to:
1. Determine the best method to find a Thevenin Equivalent circuit, depending on the type of
sources.
2. Identify when Thevenin Analysis should be used, based on key words i

Learning Outcome Assessment Week 7
Students, by the end of the week, are able to:
1. Calculate initial and steady state conditions for any RLC circuit.
2. Identify, from a graph, the time constant.
3. List the two equations for single order RC and RL circ

Learning Outcome Assessment Week 6
Students, by the end of the week, are able to:
1. Use source transformation and superposition as additional tools to solve resistive circuit problems.
2. Identify the best circuit laws to use for a circuit, and describe

Learning Outcome Assessment Week 1
Students, by the end of the week, are able to:
1. Perform error analysis on various resistive circuits to determine a range of correct values,
utilizing voltage division.
2. Simulate simple resistive circuits using Multi