Linear Circuits 1 - 12 - Dependent Sources, Part 1

What are dependent sources, and how are they used?
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Day 12 of Linear Circuits.  We introduce dependent sources.  While many engineering students are scared of dependent sources, it turns out that they behave exactly like the independent voltage sources and current sources we have seen before.  It just turns out that their supply voltage (or supply current) will vary based on something else in the circuit. 

The material covers all of the lecture material from an twelfth lecture in a traditional, sophomore-level linear circuits class.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner Engineering and Physics Students

Course content

1 section9 lectures38m total length
  • Agenda
  • A Word on Linear Circuits Textbooks....
  • Review
  • Dependent Voltages Sources and Dependent Current Sources - Still Just One Job
  • A Voltage Controlled, Dependent Current Source Example
  • A Current Controlled, Dependent Current Source Example
  • Calculating Power with Dependent Sources
  • Another Current Controlled, Dependent Current Source Example
  • Summary


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Mark Budnik is a nearly 30 year veteran of the electronics industry and academia.  He holds the positions of the Paul H. Brandt Professor at Valparaiso University and the Electrical Engineering Program Director and Irwin Chair of Engineering at Houghton College.  He has won numerous institution, regional, and national teaching awards including the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education Outstanding Teacher Medal.

Brandt Professor of Engineering, Valparaiso University
Mark M. Budnik
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Mark M. Budnik is the Paul H. Brandt Professor of Engineering at Valparaiso University. He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and his master of science and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

Prior to joining the faculty at Valparaiso University in 2006, Mark worked in the semiconductor industry, culminating as a Staff Engineer and the Director of White Goods and Motor Control at Hitachi Semiconductor. In these roles, he had a unique opportunity to work closely with a diverse customer base to identify and establish a number of best practices in embedded systems education.

In his career, he received multiple educational awards from academia and industry including ST Microelectronics, National Semiconductor, Hitachi Semiconductor, Valparaiso University, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Most recently, Mark was an ASEE Section Outstanding Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the 2015 ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Award.

Mark is the author of more than fifty book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings and the recipient of five best paper/presentation awards. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design.