Linear Circuits 1 - 14 - Nodal Analysis, Part 1

A process to solve any linear circuit
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How can I use nodal analysis to solve any linear circuit?


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Day 14 of Linear Circuits.  We introduce nodal analysis as a systematic process that can be used to solve any linear circuit.  While nodal analysis can seem daunting at first, it turns out, that all we are really doing is applying Kirchhoff's Current Law (KCL) and Ohm's Law over-and-over again.  Not too scary!   : )

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

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner Engineering and Physics Students

Course content

1 section12 lectures48m total length
  • Agenda
  • A Word on Linear Circuits Textbooks....
  • Review
  • Setting Up a Nodal Analysis Problem
  • Math = Puppies = Not Scary
  • Finishing Our First Nodal Analysis Problem
  • One Process to Rule Them All
  • A Nodal Analysis Example
  • Solving the Nodal Analysis Example
  • What Would Happen If We Chose a Different Ground?
  • Another Nodal Analysis Example - From Beginning to End
  • Summary


2019 ASEE Engineering Professor of the Year
Mark Budnik
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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
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
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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.