Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

This course probes fundamental ideas in electrical engineering, seeking to understand how electrical signals convey information, how bits can represent smooth signals like music and how modern communication systems work.

About The Course

The course focuses on the creation, manipulation, transmission, and reception of information by electronic means. The topics covered include elementary signal theory; time- and frequency-domain analysis of signals; conversion of analog signals to a digital form; and how information can be represented with signals. Signal processing, both analog and digital, allow information to be extracted and manipulated. The course then turns to information theory, which demonstrates the technological advantages of digital transmission.
The course text was written by the instructor for this course and is entirely online. You can print your own hard copy or view the material entirely online.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a certificate after completing this class?

    Yes, if you successfully complete the final.

  • What is the format of the class?

    In addition to the lecture videos, short quizzes will make sure you are on top of the material. Homework is an essential part of the course and will occur roughly once a week.

  • Is there a textbook?

    Yes!! The text, especially written for this course, is available online at Connexions. In addition to supplementing the course, the online book contains interactive exercises to probe your mastery of the course.

  • What are the prerequisites?

    Calculus, both differential and integral, is necessary. Previous familiarity with complex numbers is important, but not essential.

  • How was the course designed?

    This course covers virtually every topic in electrical engineering, but is more than a survey course. Topics are covered at some depth but not completely, preparing students for virtually any succeeding course in electrical engineering.

  • How difficult is this course?

    This course is routinely taken by second-year electrical engineering students at Rice as their first electrical engineering course. Its reputation can be summarized as “the hardest course I have ever taken but I learned a lot.”

Recommended Background

Knowledge of Calculus