ECE 600 - Analytical Methods for Electrical and Computer Engineering

Instructor

Dr. Albert Wasef
Office: E2 3345
Phone: (519) 888-4567 extention 31155
e-mail: awasef@uwaterloo.ca
Office hours: To be determined, or by appointment.

Lectures

5:30pm - 8:20pm, Mondays, in room EIT 3141

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Course description

With the increased interconnection of research areas within Electrical and Computer engineering, it is becoming more critical that individuals possess an increased breadth of knowledge with a strong background in all facets of Electrical and Computer engineering.

This course will cover the essentials of Linear Systems (Laplace and Z‐transforms, stability, impulse response, transfer functions, and state‐space models, in continuous‐time and discrete‐time); Applied probability and statistics (recap. of elementary concepts, regression, central limit theorem, goodness of fit test); Optimization (unconstrained optimization, constrained optimization with equality and inequality constraints, and linear programming).

Course outline

Part I: Linear Systems

  • Laplace and Z transforms
  • Stability, Impulse response, transfer functions
  • State space models: Continuous and discrete time

Part II: Applied Probability and Statistics

  • Random variables and distribution functions
  • Multivariate random vectors
  • Mean, variance and expectations
  • Central limit theorem
  • Estimating parameters (interval estimation, hypothesis tests, etc)
  • Joint distribution and correlation
  • Regression
  • Goodness of fit tests

Part III: Optimization

  • Methods for Constrained Optimization: Linear programming, Lagrange multipliers, KKT conditions.
  • Methods for Unconstrained Optimization: line search, Steepest Ascent, Newton-Raphson, and DFP.

Grading

The grading scheme is as follows:

  • Midterm Exam: 35%
  • Final Exam: 65%

Recommended background

There is no formal pre‐requisite for this course, but a strong foundation in linear algebra and calculus, as they relate to engineering, is expected.

Text

Course notes.

References

  • G. James, “Advanced Modern Engineering Mathematics,” 4th edition, Prentice Hall, 2011.
  • G. James, “Modern Engineering Mathematics,” 4th edition, Prentice Hall, 2010.

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