Course EE 369

Power Systems


Fall 2016

Unique Number 16880

Meeting time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 to 3:30pm, WEL 2.256.

Ross Baldick
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
UT Administration Building UTA 7.234 
The University of Texas at Austin

Tel: (512) 471-5879 

Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30pm to 4:45pm, Anna Hiss, AHG 116.

Please email me if you want to see me outside of these office hours.

Course description:

This course is an introduction to power systems engineering.  Topics include (with chapters of the text in parenthesis):


Upper-division standing, and Electrical Engineering 313 or 331 with a grade of at least C-.     


I expect that you will spend five to seven hours on average per week  outside of class on this course to read the textbook, review the class material, and work on homeworks.

I expect you to have read over the material in the textbook  ahead of class so that class time is used efficiently to explain concepts.

Please come to office hours with prepared questions.

I do not take attendance and you are free to attend or not attend class as you choose.  However, if you come to class, please be prompt.  Please be seated in class by the time the start-of-class bell rings.  If a homework is due, please put it on the desk in the classroom prior to the start-of-class bell.


Additional course resources:

I will be using slides developed by Thomas Overbye (Professor at the University of Illinois and co-author of the textbook) with some additions:

You may also find the following books helpful as an additional resources:

Homework policy:

Homeworks will be assigned approximately once per week, except during the week of the mid-term.  Each student must turn in their own work, but I encourage students to discuss difficult problems with me during office hours or with other students.  You are expected to make an honest, independent attempt to solve and turn in your answers to each homework question.

Making an honest attempt at the homeworks will prepare you for the mid-terms and final, both from the perspective of understanding the material and also from the perspective of being able to solve the mid-term and final questions fully within the limited time available. Copying homeworks or using web resources may get you a good score for the homeworks, but it will be clear when you do the mid-terms and finals that you do not understand the material.

To complete the homeworks and mid-terms, you need a calculator that can handle complex numbers. It needs to be able to calculate hyperbolic trigonometric functions of complex numbers.  

Homeworks will be due in at the beginning of class on the due days assigned.  Homeworks turned in after the due time and date are considered late. 

All homeworks must be turned in by the last day of the semester to pass the course.   Late homeworks will be awarded a grade of zero unless permission for late submission is sought and given in advance of the due date.

Quiz and exam policy, and power plant tour:

There will be three mid-terms during the semester and no final for this class. Each mid-term will be approximately the same length and cover approximately one-third of the semesterís material. There will also be a tour of the campus power plant the week before the first mid-term. The third mid-term will be on the last class day. Date and locations for mid-terms and tour:

No make-up exams will be given.  Excused absence from a mid-term exam must be obtained in advance.  In this case, the average of the student's other mid-term exam grades will be substituted for the missed exam.  Unexcused absences from a mid-term or final will result in a grade of zero for that exam.  Excused absences from exams will be made only in extreme circumstance (serious illness, death in the immediate family, etc).  Requests for excused absences should be made in advance in writing and must be supported by appropriate documentation.

Grading policy:

A final score will be calculated based on:

The final score will be used to establish the ranking for grades. The B to A cutoff will be at approximately 90% or more. The C to B cutoff will be at approximately 80% or more.

Homework 1:

Complete by the beginning of class on Thursday, September 1.

  1. Purchase the textbook and read Chapters 1 and 2, including the Case Studies.  Note that the emphasis at the beginning of Chapter 1 is on states outside of Texas that are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  For a Texas perspective, see recent history of Texas
  2. Turn in solutions to Problems 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.8, 2.11, 2.13, 2.14, 2.16, 2.17, 2.18. (Note that there are both Multiple Choice Questions and Problems at the end of each chapter. The homework involves the Problems.)
  3. Turn in solutions to Case Study Questions a., b. c. d. One or two sentences suffices for each Question.

Homework 2:

Complete by the beginning of class on Thursday, September 8.

  1. Install PowerWorld on your laptop.
  2. Turn in solutions to Problems 2.24, 2.25, 2.26, 2.27, 2.28, 2.29, 2.30, 2.32, 2.34, 2.35, 2.36, 2.38, 2.40, 2.41.

Academic dishonesty and policies on cheating:

Faculty in the ECE Department are committed to detecting and punishing all instances of academic dishonesty and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty in accordance with university policy.  Academic dishonesty, in all its forms, is a blight on our entire academic community.  All parties in our community – professors, staff, and students – are responsible for creating an environment that educates outstanding engineers, and this goal entails excellence in technical skills as well as ethical integrity.  Industry wants engineers who are competent and fully trustworthy, and both qualities must be developed day-by-day throughout an entire lifetime.  

Details about what constitutes academic dishonesty can be found at the following URL: UT Dean of Students Office (

All cheating will be reported directly to the college/university. Unless explicitly indicated in an assignment, you must do your homeworks, projects, and exams individually.  You are welcome and encouraged to discuss material with your colleagues, when and where it is appropriate,  but copying, stealing papers, etc. are considered dishonest and will be prosecuted.

Allegations of Scholastic Dishonesty will be dealt with according to the procedures outlined in Appendix C, Chapter 11, of the General Information Bulletin,

The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4241 TDD, or the College of Engineering Director of Students with Disabilities, 471-4321.

Classroom evacuation for students:

All occupants of university buildings are required to evacuate a building when a fire alarm and/or an official announcement is made indicating a potentially dangerous situation within the building. Familiarize yourself with all exit doors of each classroom and building you may occupy. Remember that the nearest exit door may not be the one you used when entering the building. If you require assistance in evacuation, inform your instructor in writing during the first week of class. For evacuation in your classroom or building:

1. Follow the instructions of faculty and teaching staff.

2. Exit in an orderly fashion and assemble outside.

3. Do not re-enter a building unless given instructions by emergency personnel.