About the course

ECE 210 is the first mathematically oriented course in the electrical and computer engineering curricula. The course begins by building on the circuit analysis concepts you learned in ECE 110 and then progresses into the more abstract world of Fourier and Laplace transforms. Much of what we will do will rely on your background in calculus. Our goal will be to apply mathematical tools to the analysis and design of signal processing systems, culminating in a thorough understanding of an AM radio receiver and the ability to design simple filters. ECE 210 deals with the processing of continuous-time, or analog signals. The follow-on course, ECE 310, covers the processing of sampled, or digital signals. Full description, including course goals and instructional objectives, can be found here.

ECE 211 is the first half of ECE 210. Students in ECE 211 should attend lectures approximately through Friday, October 14 (Chapters 1 through 6 in the course textbook). Full description, including course goals and instructional objectives, can be found here.

Course information in course explorer: ECE 210, ECE 211,

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Section: ECE 210 AL1
ECE 211 B
ECE 210 AL2
ECE 211 C
ECE 210 AL3
ECE 211 E
ECE 210 AL4
ECE 211 F
Instructor: Christopher Schmitz
Juan Alvarez
Andrey Mironov
Lara Waldrop
Lectures: MTW F 10-10.50 a.m.
ECEB 1015
MTW F 11-11.50 a.m.
ECEB 1013
MTW F 12-12.50 p.m.
ECEB 1013
MTW F 2-2.50 p.m.
ECEB 1013
Contact: 3066 ECEB
3046 ECEB
2064 ECEB
5052 ECEB


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Textbook: Kudeki & Munson, Analog Signals and Systems Prentice Hall, 2009. Daily reading assignments are shown in the Course Calendar .

Corrections to the text book (errata)

Useful tables (Fourier series, Fourier transform, convolution, delta function, and Laplace transform)

Slides: each instructor might provide lecture slides and can be found in the lectures section of this website.

Additional references/notes:

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Active participation in your learning environment is vital to your success in this course.

Campuswire: For discussions and questions regarding course material. Code to join: 6947

Student online behavior: In any social interaction, certain rules of etiquette are expected and contribute to more enjoyable and productive communication. The following are tips for interacting online via e-mail or discussion board messages, adapted from guidelines originally compiled by Chuq Von Rospach and Gene Spafford (1995):

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It is the student's responsibility to check that the correct grades are entered in CANVAS.

The final grade will be calculated as follows:

Grading for ECE 210:
3 Midterm exams.................. 45%
Final Exam............................ 25%
Quizzes................................. 10%
Weekly homework................ 10%
Labs...................................... 10%
  Grading for ECE 211:
Final Exam (Exam 2)............. 35%
1 Midterm exam..................... 30%
Quizzes................................... 20%
Weekly homework................. 15%

In order to account for sickness, travel or internet issues, your two lowest homework grades will be dropped (only one for ECE 211).

As a rough guideline, we intend to award letter grades as indicated below, where 'm' is the mean and 's' is the standard deviation.

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Homework assignment policy:

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The exams dates/times are as follows:

Conflict exam requests:

Absences from exams:If you miss an exam due to illness, injury, family emergency or other reasons beyond your control, you will be asked to provide your professor with an absence letter from the Student Assistance Center in the Office of the Dean of Students. Documentation which validates the absence is required by the Dean's Office to provide the absence letter. The absence letter will serve to verify the reason for your absence from the exam. Prof. Alvarez will then take an appropriate action that may include offering an oral examination or written examination.


Old exams for practice can be found here.

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The quiz dates/times are as follows:

CBTF instructions:

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LABS (only ECE 210 students)

Lab syllabus

Labs and prelabs constitute 10% of your (ECE 210) grade.

Pre-labs and labs will be posted in Gradescope and Canvas. They are to be submitted via Gradescope.

Here are the dates for the first lab of each section:

Lab kit:

An introductory Lab 0 plus five laboratory assignments will be given, beginning on September 19. You do not need to attend lab before then.

Lab Times (September 19 - December 7):

Hrs. Monday Tuesday Wednesday
10am-11am Sections AB1/AB2
4072 ECEB
Rakibul Islam/Yulun Wu
11am-12pm Sections AB3/AB4
4072 ECEB
Rakibul Islam/Haofeng Sun
12-1pm Sections AB5/AB6
4072 ECEB
Yulun Wu/Rakibul Islam
1-2pm Sections AB7/AB8
4072 ECEB
Yulun Wu/Shiyi Yang
2-3pm Sections AB9/ABA
4072 ECEB
Shiyi Yang/Haofeng Sun
  Sections ABL/ABM
4072 ECEB
Danny Takikawa/Rakibul Islam
3-4pm Sections ABB/ABC
4072 ECEB
Haofeng Sun/Yijin Wang
  Sections ABN/ABO
4072 ECEB
Danny Takikawa/Yijin Wang
4-5pm Sections ABD/ABE
4072 ECEB
Haofeng Sun/Binghui Wang
  Sections ABP/ABQ
4072 ECEB
Yijin Wang/Danny Takikawa
5-6pm Sections ABF/ABG
4072 ECEB
Rakibul Islam/Danny Takikawa
  Sections ABR/ABS
4072 ECEB
Haofeng Wu/Binghui Wang
6-7pm Sections ABH/ABI
4072 ECEB
Danny Takikawa/Binghui Wang
  Sections ABT/ABU
4072 ECEB
Binghui Wang/Haofeng Sun
7-8pm Sections ABJ/ABK
4072 ECEB
Binghui Wang/Danny Takikawa

Code Guide Resistors are color coded in ohms, inductors in microH, and capacitors (with digits) in picoF.

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Faculty and TA Office Hours (August 29 - December 7, except September 5, November 8 and November 21-25):

There will be office hours in preparation for the exam on these dates/times:

  Open office hours (lab questions might be referred to the open lab times).
  Office hours strictly for small study sessions (need to sign up in order to attend). More information below the table.
Hrs. Monday
except Sep 5, Nov 21
except Nov 8, Nov 22
except Nov 23
except Nov 24
except Nov 25
9-10am       Danny Takikawa
ECEB 3036
Rakibul Islam
ECEB 3036
10-11am Juan Alvarez
ECEB 2036
Andrey Mironov
ECEB 3034
  Danny Takikawa
ECEB 3036
Rakibul Islam
ECEB 3036
11am-12pm Chris Schmitz
ECEB 2036
Yulun Wu
ECEB 3034
  Juan Alvarez
ECEB 3036
Danny Takikawa
ECEB 3036
12-1pm Haofeng Sun
ECEB 2036
Haofeng Sun
ECEB 3034
  Haofeng Sun
ECEB 3036
Yulun Wu
ECEB 3036
1-2pm       Haofeng Sun
ECEB 3036
Shiyi Yang.
ECEB 3036
2-3pm       Chris Schmitz
ECEB 3036
Binghui Wang
ECEB 3036
3-4pm       Andrey Mironov
ECEB 3036
Binghui Wang.
ECEB 3036
4-5pm Yijin Wang
Rakibul Islam
ECEB 3015
Lara Waldrop
Danny Takikawa
ECEB 3015
    Lara Waldrop
ECEB 3036
5-6pm Yijin Wang
Shiyi Yang.
ECEB 3015
Rakibul Islam
Binghui Wang.
ECEB 3015
6-7pm Binghui Wang
Haofeng Sun
ECEB 3015
Danny Takikawa
Rakibul Islam
ECEB 3015

Open office hours

Small study session office hours

HKN late-night office hours

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Communication: It is the student's responsibility to attend lectures and check their email daily, in case there are announcements from course staff. Missing a lecture and/or not checking your email will not excuse complying with course deadlines and policies.

Please post your questions on the discussion board, Campuswire, instead of emailing the instructors or TAs directly because it is very likely that you're not the only one of enrolled in the course that has that same question. This way, others can take advantage of the responses to your questions, and other students might be able to assist you sooner.

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ECE 210 Honors will introduce students to Python programming through modules in Jupyter notebook. As such, prior Python experience would be helpful, but definitely not required. We’ll teach everything from the ground up.

You do not have to be a James Scholar to sign up but you will only get the 'H' in your transcript if you are.

If you are a James Scholar, you must complete the corresponding HCLA form from the College and submit it before September 12.

The sessions will start the week of September 26.

There is more information and a signup form here. Please complete by September 12 if you want to participate.

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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Aug. 22
Introduction & voltage, current power, KVL, KCL 0, 1.1-2
Aug. 23
Elements, sources, solutions of circuit problems, 1.3
Aug. 24
Complex numbers review 1.4, App. A, Resistor combinations 2.1
Aug. 25
Aug. 26
Source combinations, node voltage method 2.1-2
Aug. 29
Node voltage method 2.2
Aug. 30
Loop current method 2.3
Aug. 31
Linearity & superposition 2.4
Sept. 1
Sept. 2
Thevenin & Norton 2.4
Sept. 5

Labor day
Sept. 6
Available power & max power transfer 2.5
Sept. 7
Op-amps & ideal op-amp approximations 3.1

Quiz I
Sept. 8
Sept. 9
Linear op-amp ckts 3.1
Sept. 12
Differentiators & integrators 3.2
Sept. 13
Introduction to LTI systems 3.3
Sept. 14
1st order RC ckt response to constant inputs 3.4.1
Sept. 15
Sept. 16
RC & RL ckts with constant inputs 3.4.1-2
Sept. 19
RC & RL ckts with time-varying inputs 3.4.3

Lab 0
Sept. 20
Transient & steady-state response in LTI systems 3.4.3, 3.5
Sept. 21

Midterm Exam I
Sept. 22
Sept. 23
Phasors & sinusoidal SS solutions of linear ODEs 4.1.1-2
Sept. 26
Impedance & phasors in sinusoidal steady state ckts 4.1.3, 4.2.1

Lab 1
Sept. 27
Post-review of Exam I
Sept. 28
Phasor ckt analysis 4.2.2-3
Sept. 29
Sept. 30
Avg and available power 4.3
Oct. 3
Resonance 4.4
Oct. 4
Frequency response of dissipative LTI systems 5.1-2
Oct. 5
LTI system response to co-sinusoids & multi-frequency inputs 5.3-5

Quiz II
Oct. 6
Oct. 7
Periodic signals 6.1
Oct. 10
Fourier series & its forms 6.2

Lab 2
Oct. 11
Fourier series examples 6.2
Oct. 12
LTI system response to periodic inputs 6.3.1
Oct. 13
Oct. 14
Avg signal power, Parseval's thm, harmonic distortion 6.3.2-3
Last day for ECE 211
Oct. 17
Fourier transform of aperiodic signals 7.1
Oct. 18
Fourier transform pairs and properties of FT 7.1
Oct. 19

Midterm Exam II
Oct. 20
Oct. 21
Signal energy and bandwidth 7.2
Oct. 24
LTI system response using FT 7.3

Lab 3
Oct. 25
Modulation property, AM signal, coherent demodulation 8.1-2
Oct. 26
Post-review of Exam II
Oct. 27
Oct. 28
Envelope detection, superhet AM receiver 8.3-4
Oct. 31
Convolution & FT convolution properties 9.1.1-2
Nov. 1
Graphical convolution 9.1.3
Nov. 2
Convolution examples 9.1.3

Quiz III
Nov. 3
Nov. 4
Impulse & its properties 9.2
Nov. 7
FT of power signals 9.2-3

Lab 4
Nov. 8

Election day
Nov. 9
Sampling & analog signal reconstruction 9.4
Nov. 10
Nov. 11
Impulse response & BIBO stability 10.1-2
Nov. 14
Causality & LTIC systems 10.3-5
Nov. 15
Transfer function & Laplace transform 11.1
Nov. 16

Midterm Exam III
Nov. 17
Nov. 18
Properties of Laplace Transform 11.1
Nov. 21
Thanksgiving break
Nov. 22
Thanksgiving break
Nov. 23
Thanksgiving break
Nov. 24
Thanksgiving break
Nov. 25
Thanksgiving break
Nov. 28
Inverse Laplace transform & PFE 11.2

Lab 5
Nov. 29
Inverse Laplace transform & PFE 11.2
Nov. 30
Post-review of Exam III
Dec. 1
Dec. 2
s-domain ckt analysis, general response of LTIC systems 11.3, 11.4.1
Dec. 5
Zero-input response in LTIC ckts & systems 11.4.1-2
Dec. 6
Ckt initial value problems 11.4.3
Dec. 7
LTIC system combinations 11.5
Dec. 8
Reading Day
Dec. 9

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There will recordings that will be available for students with excused absences. If you have an excused absence or you are feeling sick, please contact Prof. Alvarez at least one hour before the lecture you will miss. If it is due to an excused absence, please also provide the corresponding documentation.

Here are the Univeristy's policies if you test positive for COVID.

Here is the information for quarantine and isolation.

Academic integrity

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Student Code should is very important for you to know.

Students should pay particular attention to Article 1, Part 4: Academic Integrity. Academic dishonesty may result in a failing grade. Every student is expected to review and abide by the Academic Integrity Policy. Ignorance is not an excuse for any academic dishonesty. It is your responsibility to read this policy to avoid any misunderstanding. Do not hesitate to ask the instructor(s) if you are ever in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism, cheating, or any other breach of academic integrity.


The effectiveness of this course is dependent upon the creation of an encouraging and safe classroom environment. Exclusionary, offensive or harmful speech (such as racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.) will not be tolerated and in some cases subject to University harassment procedures. We are all responsible for creating a positive and safe environment that allows all students equal respect and comfort. I expect each of you to help establish and maintain and environment where you and your peers can contribute without fear of ridicule or intolerant or offensive language.

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

Students with documented disabilities must notify the instructor within the first 7 days of classes.

To obtain disability-related academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible.

To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 333-4603, e-mail disability@illinois.edu or go to the DRES website.

If you are concerned you have a disability-related condition that is impacting your academic progress, there are academic screening appointments available on campus that can help diagnosis a previously undiagnosed disability by visiting the DRES website and selecting “Sign-Up for an Academic Screening� at the bottom of the page.


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Sexual misconduct

The University of Illinois is committed to combating sexual misconduct. Faculty and staff members are required to report any instances of sexual misconduct to the University’s Title IX and Disability Office. In turn, an individual with the Title IX and Disability Office will provide information about rights and options, including accommodations, support services, the campus disciplinary process, and law enforcement options. A list of the designated University employees who, as counselors, confidential advisors, and medical professionals, do not have this reporting responsibility and can maintain confidentiality, can be found here. Other information about resources and reporting is available here.

Support Resources and Supporting Fellow Students in Distress

As members of the Illinois community, we each have a responsibility to express care and concern for one another. If you come across a classmate whose behavior concerns you, whether in regards to their well-being or yours, we encourage you to refer this behavior to the Student Assistance Center (1-217-333-0050) or online. Based upon your report, staff in the Student Assistance Center reaches out to students to make sure they have the support they need to be healthy and safe. Further, as a Community of Care, we want to support you in your overall wellness. We know that students sometimes face challenges that can impact academic performance (examples include mental health concerns, food insecurity, homelessness, personal emergencies). Should you find that you are managing such a challenge and that it is interfering with your coursework, you are encouraged to contact the Student Assistance Center (SAC)in the Office of the Dean of Students for support and referrals to campus and/or community resources. The SAC has a Dean on Duty available to see students who walk in, call, or email the office during business hours. For mental health emergencies, you can call 911 or contact the Counseling Center.

Run, hide, fight.

Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. It is important that we take a minute to prepare for a situation in which our safety or even our lives could depend on our ability to react quickly. When we’re faced with almost any kind of emergency – like severe weather or if someone is trying to hurt you – we have three options: Run, hide or fight.

Run, hide, fight video.

Leaving the area quickly is the best option if it is safe to do so.
  • Take time now to learn the different ways to leave your building.
  • Leave personal items behind.
  • Assist those who need help, but consider whether doing so puts yourself at risk.
  • Alert authorities of the emergency when it is safe to do so.
When you can’t or don’t want to run, take shelter indoors.
  • Take time now to learn different ways to seek shelter in your building.
  • If severe weather is imminent, go to the nearest indoor storm refuge area.
  • If someone is trying to hurt you and you can’t evacuate, get to a place where you can’t be seen, lock or barricade your area if possible, silence your phone, don’t make any noise and don’t come out until you receive an Illini-Alert indicating it is safe to do so.
As a last resort, you may need to fight to increase your chances of survival.
  • Think about what kind of common items are in your area which you can use to defend yourself.
  • Team up with others to fight if the situation allows.
  • Mentally prepare yourself – you may be in a fight for your life

Please be aware of people with disabilities who may need additional assistance in emergency situations

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