• Be able to determine the Laplace transform of signals common to electric circuits

  • Know how to perform an inverse Laplace transform using partial fraction expansion

  • Be introduced to the concept of convolution

  • Be able to apply the initial-value and final-value theorems

  • Know how to use the Laplace transform to analyze transient circuits

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