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EGR 251: Basic Electric Circuits I - 3 Credits


This course teaches the fundamentals of electric circuits. Introduces students to basic laws of electricity. Also introduces Laplace transformation, which is used as a linear operator in RLC circuits.

Prerequisite: MTH 174 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
Corequisite: PHY 231- General University Physics I




If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental tools of circuit analysis in the time and frequency domains
  • Understand the basic operational principles of various multipurpose laboratory instruments and to demonstrate their use for measurements in specific circuits
  • Understand Ohm's and Kirchhoff's Laws, nodal and mesh analysis, linear network theorems, first and second order circuits utilizing differential equations

Major topics include:

  • Introduction; circuit quantities
  • Resistive networks
  • Dependent source
  • Operational amplifiers
  • Nodal and mesh analysis
  • Linear network theorems
  • Capacitors and inductors
  • First order circuits (RC & RL)
  • Second order circuits (RLC and others)





Your course grade will be determined by two grading options, according to the following points:

7 quizzes @ 30 points each
Midterm Exam 300
Final Exam 350
Total Points

Grading Scale
below 59



There are 2 proctored exams and/or a final exam in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

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ELI Policies and Procedures

This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://learn.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.