ECE 521
Spring 2016
Power Systems Analysis I
MHK 525 TTh

Instructor: Kevin Tomsovic

Office Hours: TBD
email: tomsovic at


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This course will cover analysis of the power system of static or steady-state and quasi steady-state approaches. The recommended background for this course is understanding of steady-state power system analysis. There will be some minor programming required in Matlab, so it will also be desirable to be familiar with Matlab.

Upon completion of this course (and the pre-requisites to this course), every student should have gained:
1. An understanding of: (a) safe, economic and reliable power system operations and planning; and (b) fundamental techniques for analysis of the system under steady-state or near steady-state conditions.
2. A greater appreciation of the engineering requirements of the power system, and in particular, the complexity and tremendous size of the system needed to meet demand reliably and economically.
3. A broad familiarity with the contemporary technological and societal issues of the electric power system, including such issues as: new approaches to the overall system infrastructure, alternative fuel sources, deregulation, social obligation to serve and environmental impact.

Analysis fundamentals

System viability concepts – steady-state analysis

Unbalanced systems

Exam Schedule

Midterm 1 - March 3
Midterm 2 - April 21
Final Exam - May 4 10:15-12:15 


Homework - 20%
Midterm Exams - 50% (25% each)
Final Exam - 30%

A few course policies (IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ)

  1. Homework will be posted on my website and you should check for the latest assignment. This avoids the problem of me forgetting to give out the assignment. While homework is a relatively low percentage of your grade, homework is mandatory for passing this class. There will be approximately 8-10 homework assignments. Not completing or very poor attempts on 3 or more assignments will result in a failure for the homework requirement and thus, failure for the course. This is intended less as a threat and more to help motivate you to make good faith attempts on all the homework. I expect you will find the exams reasonable if you have completed the homework assignments.

  2. The exams will be closed book. I will include a page of various equations on the exam for reference.  

  3. The Department of EECS strongly enforces academic integrity. I allow, actually encourage, you to work together in groups on the homework but each individual must hand in their own work. If the homework includes a programming assignments, the code must be ENTIRELY yours and you should hand in the source code along with the output. Exams, of course, are entirely independent affairs. Any instance of cheating will result in failure for the course for all involved parties.