This subject has a twofold objective. On one side, the spreading of a basic electrical engineering culture, including the proper use of the technical language and vocabulary used to describe electric circuits and systems. On the other hand, the explanation of theoretical foundations and practical methods of analyzing linear, lumped-parameters, dc and ac circuits.
Therefore, the methodology is a mix of theoretical lectures, that essentially involve a thorough and systematic application of Kirchhoff's laws, and practical, problem solving oriented activities. Simple problems will be solved manually, more complex ones will require the use of computer tools.
Classroom activities will be completed with three lab sessions, with a duration of two hours each, on measurements and safety rules, dc circuits, ac circuits and 3-phase circuits. This year the lab sessions will be computer-based, using the simulation software PSIM.
The use of PSIM will also be extended to the theory and problem solving sessions, as a visual tool that provides inmediate feedback on key concepts, and as a tool for checking problem results.