EE313 Linear Systems and Signals (Fall 2017)

Instructor: Prof. Brian L. Evans
Lecture Hours: TTH 12:30pm-2:00pm, EER 1.516
Office Hours: W 1:00-2:30pm and TH 2:00-3:30pm
Office: EER 6.882
E-Mail: and Web:
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TA: Ms. Anyesha Ghosh
TA Office Hours: TTH 11:00am-12:30pm and W 9:00am-10:30am, room TBA

This course will build a mathematical foundation for analyzing linear signal processing, communication, and control systems.


(1) EE 411 Circuit Theory, EE 331 Electrical Circuits, or BME 311 Network Analysis, with a grade of at least C-; (2) M 427J Differental Equations with Linear Algebra or M 427K Advanced Calc. for Appl. I, with a grade of at least C-; and (3) Credit with a grade of at least C- or registration for M 340L Matrices & Matrix Comp. Hence, Calc. I, Calc. II, Eng. Physics I, and Eng. Physics II, with a grade of at least C- in each, are also pre-requisites.

Topical Outline

Representation of signals and systems; system properties; sampling; Laplace and z-transforms; transfer functions and frequency response; convolution; stability; Fourier transform; feedback; and control applications. Computer analysis using MATLAB.

Required Text

James H. McClellan, Ronald W. Schafer, and Mark A. Yoder, Signal Processing First, Prentice-Hall, ISBN 978-0130909992, 2003. Errata. On-line Companion with interactive demonstrations, projects and labs. Please bring your laptop and headphones to lecture.

Optional Textbooks

1. B. P. Lathi, Linear Systems and Signals, Oxford, 2nd ed., ISBN 019515833-4, 2004.

2. A. O. Oppenheim and A. W. Willsky, Signals and Systems, 2nd ed., Pearson, 1996.

3. M. J. Roberts, Signals and Systems, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 978-0072930443, 2003.


16% Homework, 8% Mini-Projects, 4% Tune-up Tuesdays, 18% Midterm #1, 18% Midterm #2, 36% Final Exam. Midterm #1 (Thursday, Oct. 5th) and midterm #2 (Thursday, Nov. 16th) will be held during lecture. Final exam will be on Monday, Dec. 18th, 9:00am-12:00pm. The University Q drop deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 7th. Attending lecture helps you more efficiently use your time in learning the material. During lecture, please exclusively focus your use of laptops, smart phones and other electronics on following the lecture content. Plus and minus grades will be assigned. Request for regrading must be made in writing within one (1) week of the graded assignment being available to students in the class. Discussion of homework questions is encouraged. Please be absolutely sure to submit your own independent homework solutions. Late assignments will not be accepted.

Lecture Topics

I. Signal Analysis: Sinusoidal & Complex Exponential Signals - Fourier Series & Periodicity - Time-Frequency Spectrum - Chirp Signals - Sampling & Aliasing - Sampling Theorem.
II. Discrete-Time: Signals & Systems - Finite Impulse Response Filters - System Properties - Convolution - Frequency Response - $Z$-transform - Infinite Impulse Response Filters.
III. Continuous-Time: Signals & Systems - System Properties - Impulse Response - Convolution - Frequency Response - Fourier Transform - Filtering & Modulation - Sampling & Reconstruction - Laplace Transforms - Transfer Functions

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