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A Guide for Principles of EE II at Rutgers University

These notes are for the version of the course taught in the spring of 2016 by professor Pedapulla Sannuti

Lecture 1 - January 19th 2016

We introduce a new notation we’ll call the “Laplace Domain”. It is similar to the phasor domain from PEE 1. It’s very simple.

We introduce the variable .

We solve everything the same way as we previously did. But now we just replace every with .

It’s that simple!

Bode Plots and Filters

How to Bode Plot - A Beginner’s Guide

See below for professor’s PDF notes on Bode plots and filters.

Basic Introduction to Fourier Transforms of a Time Domain Signal

  • Fourier and Laplace revolutionized many fields by introducing the concept that any signal can be thought of as being composed by a number (finite or infinite) of sinusoidal signal of different frequencies, amplitudes, and phase angles.

That is the sinusoidal signals that compose a signal are called the frequency components of . If a sinal has a countably finite or infinite number of frequency components, then

But then what happens when we say that our signal has an infinite number of components? We can turn it into an integral:

We are limited here to say that the frequencies lie within the range .

Let’s not worry too much about the math right now.

In the purpose of transmitting signals over the air (think TV, radio, etc..) channels will typically occupy a certain “band” of signals.

For our purposes we’ll just define a band as a range of frequencies.

Now these TV and radio channels will typically be made of many different signals with frequencies that lie within a band assigned to that channel.

For example the TV channel WABC occupies the band of 765 KHz to 775 KHz. This means that the channels transmissions will be made up of a signal of the frequencies in that range.

A filter itself does almost exactly what you think it would it would do with a signal. It will allow (or disallow) a certain range of frequencies from passing through it.

A somewhat more formal definition:

A filter is basically a circuit that has a transfer function between its input and output. The transfer function lets certain frequency components of the input pass through to the output, while it blocks all other frequency components.

Depending on what a filter allows and disallows through it can be classified with different names.

Right now we will focus on these 4 types of ideal filters

  1. Low-Pass Filter
    • A filter which will only allow signals with frequencies that are lower than a specified
  2. High-Pass Filter
    • A filter which will only allow signals with frequencies that are higher than a specified through the filter
  3. Band-Pass Filter
    • A filter which will only allow a certain range (band) of frequencies between a specified and
  4. Band-Rejection Filter
    • A filter which will disallow a certain range (band) of frequencies between a specified and

Please make note of the word ideal. Because this means that the filter will definitely pick up (or block) the intended signal.

A non-ideal filter will pick up the intended signal, but possibly some non-intended signals as well. This results in channel interference.

Now imagine a normal RC-series circuit where we have a voltage source in series with a Resistor, R, and Capcitor of capacitance C

img of RC circuit

Now from this vircuit we can deduce that our transfer function is:

Then we can convert this to the frequency domain

This gives us our transfer function based on frequency. This is a ratio between the input and output signals.

We find that based on different types of filters, these transfer functions will differ.

Now let’s take a look at a plot of one of these transfer functions

img of RC circuit

Here we see 3 different bands of frequencies:

  • Pass-band
  • Transfer-band
  • Rejection-band

When we have higher order (3rd, 4th, 5th) RC circuits, we’ll see that the range of frequencies in the transfer-band decreases.

The smaller the transfer band the less cross-talk interference.

Filters - Terminology

Typically of a transfer function we can represent our transfer function in the phasor domain as

We should also note that:

  • Power
  • Power transmitted by input to output

At a certain frequency, say has a maximum possible value of

Then from this we can also say that the maximum power transferred is

The half power frequency is the frequency at which the power transmitted by the input

Or, equivalently using a decibel scale, the half power frequency

  • Practical Low Pass Filters if they are properly designed, will have only one half-power frequency or cut-off frequency (denoted by ). Then, the pass-band of this filter ranges from 0 to
  • Practical High-Pass Filter For properly designed, ideal high pass filters there is only one cutoff frequency which is then starts at the cutoff frequency and continues to . However, due to signal degredation and other factors, we can assume high-pass filters are just very large band-pass filters
  • Practical Band-Pass Filters In there there are simply just two cutoff frequencies with a “center” frequency (not necessarily exactly between the two), called the resonant frequency.
  • Band-Reject Filters: For the reject filters we find there are also two half-power frequencies which reject the frequencies between them.

In filters we also have a time delay which occurs due to the phase change of the filter (transfer function)

If our input is , then our output has a function of , where is the time delay.

We can see the exact relationship with phase angle by the following:

From this we can see that

Or that

Transfer Function of a First-Order LPF Op-Amp Circuit

Designing Filters

Roll-Off Rate At the edges of a passband filter, the rectangular shape is an idealized filter response. The slope is infinite. However, in actual circuits we find our transfer functions do not actually provide us with this ideal slope.

The steeper we can make these slopes the better our filter will tend to be. The slope of the frequency magnitude esponse outside the passband it often called the gain roll-ff rate. The higher the roll-off rate the better

Methodology for Filter Design

First and second-order filters are often cascaded (connected end-to-end) to form what we call a composite filter. This means we need to analyze the common first and second-ordr filters.

Passive filter circuit (if properly designed) have the advantage of not requiring maintenance and are relatively cheap. However, when passive filters are cascaded, one filter circuit acts as a load to the previous filter. If the loading effect is dominant, the performance of the composite circuit will degenerate.

On the other hand active filter circuits do not present any loading problems since Op-amps have very low output impedance and high input impedance. However, the downside here is that active filters require maintenance and are prone to parasitic effects.

Prototyping and Filter Design

Typically filters will be designed with units in mind that make them easy to work with. The problem is that not all applications will use these numbers. They need to be scaled to their applications.

See below for a more detailed explanation on cascading

cascading filters

When we scale a single active filter circuit from one function to another. Usually we will want to scale the magitude and frequency up to certain values.

The new scaled frequency and phase will be equal to the original frequency and magnitude multiplied by a constant. We will call

  • scaled magnitude constant
  • scaled frequency constant

From this we can then determine how we should modify the filters components (capacitors, resistors, inductors) depending on the scaling we want

To derive these new component values for the magnitude scaling we will use the following equations

Then for frequency scaling we get

From these we get our scaling formulae

Effects of Scaling on a Transfer Function

Steady State Response of a Circuit

Voltage over an Inductor

Current Through an Inductor

If we use some differential equations to solve for the current through an inductor we get


Current over a Capacitor

Voltage over a Capacitor

If we use some differential equations to solve for the voltage over a capacitor we get

where and

Now we need to use the above information to study the Step Response of a circuit

Step Response:

The response of a circuit to the sudden application of a constant voltage or current source is referred to as the step response of the circuit.

Step Response of an RL Circuit

We find that in a basic series RL circuit the current through the circuit is:

Step Response of an RC Circuit

For a basic series RC circuit, the step response is equal to

Intro to Laplace Transforms

A Laplace transform for a function is denoted as:

Where the laplace transform is defined as:

This is called a unilateral or one-sided laplace transform which extends from 0 to infinity. We will only be dealing with this type of transform.

The Delta (Impulse) Function

A delta function is characterized as a function which at any point in time, , that the amplitude is , but the duration of the pulse at that point is equal to 0.

Mathematically the impulse function is defined as:


In the real world, these electric circuits these types of electric signals don’t actually exist, but they come very close, and this mathematical model is useful.

We should note that

Table of Useful Laplace Transforms

Straight Line
Damped Ramp
Damped Sine
Damped Cosine

Operations on the Laplace Function





Given a function where , then:

Certain operations in the time domain correspond to multiplications, additions, and divisions in the Laplace domain



In other words, integration in the time domain of a function corresponds by simply dividing by in the Laplace transform of the function



Inverse Transforms in the Laplace Domain

It is common to evaluate the functions for voltage or current of a into a form like:

In this case, if the degree of the polynomial of the denominator is greater, than the numerator we consider it to be called a proper rational function if . Otherwise if then it is an improper rational function

You need to know how to solve partial fractions. Use the links below in case you need a refresher

Now for an example on how an inverse transform from the Laplace domain. Imagine we’re given the function:

Because the denominator is in the form we can split this us using partial fractions to be

Now to solve using partial fractions we need to find . First we’ll find . To solve for we will multiply everything by and then solve for

This gives

We follow the same procedure for and except that we will set equal to -8 and -6 respectively. This helps to cancel out the values from the other values.

We get from that that and

So finally (after a bit of algebra) we can say

Then we need to perform the inverse Laplace on this to find the original function

Two-Port Circuits

In this section we’re going to explore two port circuits and how we can use them to build circuits.

First we must consider that a two-port ciruit has 4 terminals. Each terminal has a current running through. Those current running through the terminals of the inputs and outputs must be equal.

Note the currents, . Given the constraint that the input and output current must be equal, we get the relationship:

These two-port circuits are typically analyzed in the domain, or frequency domain. Because of this, and the fact that there are actually only two different current values, we simplify the circuit model to the following:

Now because we are now using the domain we can defined a set of equations which show the relationships between the inputs and outputs.

Of the four variables which define this two-port model, we can only define any set of equations for two of variables at a time.

If we wated to combine all of these variables there are six possible ways (or sets) of equations.

Parameter Names Equation
Inverse Transmission
Inverse Transmission
Inverse Hybrid
Inverse Hybrid

Notice how for each set of equations there are four different constants. These constants for the entire two port circuit are all called the parameters of the circuit.

So then how do we solve for these parameters?

That’s a complicated question, but we’ll start off easy. First take the first set of equations with the parameters. In order to solve for these parameters we can evaluate for each if we set the or variable to 0.

If we set the those current to 0 and solve for each of the parameters this will give us the solution to the circuit.

If we wanted to define these different parameters:

  • is the impednance when going into port 1 with port 2 as open (incomplete circuit, no current)
  • is called the transfer impedance. It is a ratio of the port 1 voltage to port 2 current when port 1 is open (no current into port 1)
  • is another transfer impedance. It is the ratio of port 2 voltage to the port 1 current when port 2 is open.
  • is the impedance seen loking into port 2 when port 1 is open.

This means that any of these parameters can be calculated by simply opening one of the ports and measuring the ratio of Voltage to current of the other port, and then the transfer impedance by calculating the open port voltage by the closed port current.

Note that each of the parameters defined an impedance. Not all of the parameters from each of the equations define impedances. Some define admittances which has a unit of . There are also parameters which don’t define and impedance or an admittance. They are simply a ratio of two voltages or currents.

A full set for all parameters is below.

The process of solving these circuits is simple. You just need to set the different input variables to 0 (current, voltage), then solve for the circuit to determine the parameter values.

The hardest part is just remembering which parameters belong to which equations.

Balanced Three-Phase Circuits

These three phase circuits are required in typical power transfer systems because the power companies need to ensure that the RMS voltage on the line does not change no matter what the impedance load is on the circuit.

Three phase circuits help us accomplish this.

Typically a three-phase system will carry thee different sinusoidal electrical signals. We name the different lines (or signals), a, b, and c.

Each of the lines carries the exact same RMS voltage, however the phase of each line is 120 degrees offset from one another.

We also consider the signal of line a to have a phase of zero degrees. This means that the b and c-lines will have phases of +120 degrees or -120 degrees.

A positive phase sequence means that the c-line leads by 120 degrees over the a-line, and the b-lines lags by 120 degrees from the a-line.

A negative phase sequence means that the b-line leads by 120 degrees over the a-line, and the c-line lags by 120 degrees from the a-line.

An important property of these three-phase systems is that because they are offset from one another, if we add the sum total of their signals together, it should always be zero.

Three-Phase Sources

A three phase system will have three different (yet nearly identical) voltage sources. Typically they are arranged in a Wye (Y) or a Delta () pattern.

The impedances and resistances from each source are due to the internal resistance of the source. We’ll call the total of this impedance . Because the system is a balanced three-phase system, the individual sources all have impedances

There is also an impedance imposed by the line itself, , where each line has a line impedance .

And lastly the load impedances denotes as . Each line has a load impedance equal to the other load impedances.

If we were to draw a circuit with this model is would look like:

Note the neutral line with impedance . The nodes at which this line are connected both have a node-voltage of zero. This means that neither location has a potential higher than the other. Thus the current through that particular branch is 0.

Another note, is the sum total impedance of internal + line + load.

Line-to-Line vs Line-to-Neutral Voltages

To calculate the Line to line voltages we should first look at the relationship to the netrual line voltage.

If we assume that there is then a positive phase sequence, then the voltages of each are equal to:

Using this information we can calculate the line to line voltages.


After the analysis of the other two lines we get: