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Laplace Transforms, Part 2: Basic Series Circuit Analysis

COURSE NO: E03-030
Laplace Transforms, Part 2: Basic Series Circuit Analysis
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course begins the work of applying Laplace Transforms to series circuits.  While a stand-alone module, it is the second in a series of courses designed to develop working expertise in the use of transforms in the design and analysis of circuits modeled using differential/integral equations. Working familiarity with and knowledge of Calculus and basic transforms is assumed.


In general, the purpose of the Laplace Transform is to transform ordinary differential equations (ODEs) into algebraic equations, which makes it easier to solve ODEs. However, the Laplace Transform gives one more than that: it also does provide qualitative information on the solution of the ODEs. The Laplace Transform is a generalized Fourier Transform, since it allows one to obtain transforms of functions that have no Fourier Transforms.


This 3 PDH online course is particularly applicable to electronic/electrical engineering enterprises.  However, any discipline that depends upon differential equations as a model basis for physical systems will benefit from this course.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning how to develop the component transfer functions in series RC networks.
  • Learning how to develop the component transfer functions in series RLC networks
  • Understanding the significance of the impulse and step responses of transfer functions
  • Developing the skills necessary to recognize the form of and resolve the partial fraction expansion of F(s)
  • Extending the short table of useful and common transform pairs from Part 1
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Laplace Transforms, Part 2: Basic Series Circuit Analysis", by Tom Bertenshaw.

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Laplace Transforms, Part 2: Basic Series Circuit Analysis (310 KB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based entirely on the material contained in this course document.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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