• BME 210
  • Final Exam Instructional Objectives

    Exam Date: Tuesday, May 8, 8:00–11:00 AM in 1011 EB1.

    These instructional objectives provide you with a guide for learning the course material. During the examination you should be able to:

    Chapter 2

    1. Define Ohm’s law.
    2. Use Ohm’s law to calculate current, resistance, or voltage.
    3. Identify independent and dependent sources in circuits.
    4. Identify the direction of current within a circuit.
    5. Identify the polarity of voltage drops across elements.
    6. Calculate the power absorbed or supplied by an element.

    Chapter 3

    1. Identify nodes within a circuit.
    2. Identify loops within a circuit.
    3. Define KCL and KVL.
    4. Use KCL and/or KVL to solve circuits.
    5. Identify and solve single-loop circuits.
    6. Identify and solve single-node-pair circuits.
    7. Identify and simplify series and parallel voltage and current sources.
    8. Identify and simplify resistors in series and parallel.
    9. Use voltage and current division to analyze circuits.

    Chapter 4

    1. Analyze a circuit using nodal analysis.
    2. Identify and use supernodes during nodal analysis.
    3. Analyze a circuit using mesh analysis.
    4. Identify and use supermeshes during mesh analysis.

    Chapter 5

    1. Use superposition to analyze a circuit.
    2. Use a source transformation to analyze a circuit.
    3. Calculate the Thevenin equivalent of a circuit.
    4. Calculate the Norton equivalent of a circuit.

    Chapter 6

    1. List and use the two “golden” rules.
    2. List the 5 characteristics of an ideal op-amp.
    3. Identify saturation.
    4. Design and analyze an inverting amplifier.
    5. Design and analyze a non-inverting amplifier.
    6. Design and analyze a comparator.
    7. Design and analyze a summing amplifier.
    8. Design and analyze a difference amplifier.
    9. Design and analyze a buffer/voltage follower/unity gain amplifier.
    10. Analyze op-amps that are cascaded.

    Chapter 7

    1. Calculate the current through a capacitor.
    2. Calculate the voltage across a capacitor.
    3. Sketch the current through or voltage across a capacitor versus time.
    4. Calculate the voltage across an inductor.
    5. Calculate the current through an inductor.
    6. Sketch the current through or voltage across an inductor versus time.
    7. Calculate the energy stored in an inductor and capacitor.
    8. Combine capacitors and inductors in series and parallel.

    Chapter 8

    1. Analyze source-free RL and RC circuits.
    2. Sketch the transient response of RL and RC circuits.
    3. Calculate the time constant of RL and RC circuits.
    4. Explain the properties of the exponential response.
    5. Define a unit step function.
    6. Analyze a circuit containing a unit step function.
    7. Analyze forced RC and RL circuits.
    8. Sketch the response of forced and source-free RC and RL circuits.

    Chapter 10

    1. Describe and identify the amplitude, frequency, and phase shift of sinusoids.
    2. Perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of complex numbers in rectangular coordinates.
    3. Perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of complex numbers in polar coordinates.
    4. Convert complex numbers from rectangular to polar notation, and vice versa.
    5. Identify leading and lagging sinusoids.
    6. Calculate the phase angle between two sinusoids.
    7. Convert between sine and cosine using phase shifts (i.e., the four identities on page 373).
    8. Convert sources from the time domain to the frequency domain, and vice versa.
    9. Convert impedances from the time domain to the frequency domain, and vice versa.
    10. Add series and parallel impedances in the frequency domain.
    11. Analyze circuits in the frequency domain using nodal analysis, mesh analysis, superposition, source transformations, and Thevenin and Norton equivalents.

    Chapter 16

    1. Define resonance.
    2. Identify the resonant frequency of a circuit.
    3. Calculate the lower half-power frequency, upper half-power frequency, and bandwidth of a circuit.
    4. Sketch the frequency response (Bode plot/magnitude plot) of a circuit.
    5. Calculate the corner frequency(ies) of a passive or active filter.
    6. Calculate a numerical value for magnitude (HdB), given a transfer function, frequency, or component values.
    7. Design and analyze passive low and high-pass filters.
    8. Design and analyze active low, high, band-stop, and band-pass filters.


    1. Draw an I-V curve for diodes.
    2. Sketch the large-signal model of a diode.
    3. Solve simple circuits with diodes.

    Signal acquisition and Nyquist

    1. Convert between binary and decimal.
    2. Define analog and digital.
    3. Calculate and define the Nyquist frequency
    4. Define resolution and sampling rate.
    5. Determine the required sampling rate for a signal, given its frequency spectrum, or vice versa.
    6. Determine the resolution of a sampled signal.
    7. Explain why signals should be low-pass filtered before sampling.
    8. Draw the frequency spectrum of a signal before and after filtering.
    9. Define and identify aliasing.
    10. Determine the resolution of an A/D converter given a number of bits.

    Digital systems

    1. Distinguish between sign-magnitude and two’s complement number systems.
    2. Find the two’s complement of a binary number.
    3. Add and subtract binary numbers.
    4. Perform Boolean algebra operations.
    5. Sketch the basic logic circuit symbols: NOT, AND, OR, NAND, NOR.
    6. Draw the truth table for NOT, AND, OR, NAND, NOR.
    7. Draw the truth table for a Boolean function.
    8. Identify and use DeMorgan’s theorem.
    9. Use Boolean identities to simplify Boolean functions.
    10. Express a Boolean function using minterms and/or sum-of-products.
    11. Express a Boolean function using maxterms and/or product-of-sums.

    Last updated:
    January 6, 2018