The aim of this course is to give students a practical introduction to modern electronic circuits. It consists of two weekly lectures where the theory and principles of electronics circuits will be discussed, and a three hour lab where students will get some handson experience with electronic circuits and a variety of instrumentation such as oscilloscopes, pulsers, power supplies and digital multimeters. The topics covered in the course will start with simple DC circuits and end in computer design of programmable logic devices (PLD's). In between we will study AC circuits, filters, diodes, bipolar transistors, FET's, operational amplifiers and a variety of digital circuits. Where possible we will make use of computer programs such as LabView and software from the Xilinx corporation to program fieldprogrammable gate arrays (FPGA's).
Instructors
Curtis
Walkons, TA,
Important Data
Lectures: Tu Th
Labs: Sec 1: Tues
Tessmer office hour: Mondays 10am, 1254/4237
BPS
Walkons office hour:
Wednesdays
Gasseller office hour: Tuesdays 11am,
Week of 
Day 
Topics 
chapter.section 
Homework chapter problem
#s 
Aug 26 
Tu 
introduction, current, voltage, resistance, Ohm's
law 
1.1  1.5 


Th 
power, series and parallel, circuits 
1.6  1.8 
HW#1: Ch1 2 

 
no lab 


Sept 2 
Tu 
dividers, pots, Kirchoffs equations 
1.8  1.10 


Th 
Thevenins theorem, mesh loop method, 
1.11 
HW#2: Ch1
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13 

Lab 1 
6.4 


Sept 9 
Tu 
DC measurements, input impedance 
6.1  6.3 


Th 
capacitance and inductance 
2.1  2.4 
HW#3: Ch1
8, 9, 10, 15, 20, 21, 22 

Lab 2 
6.6  6.7 


Sept 16 
Tu 
RC, LC and RLC circuits 
2.5  2.6 


Th 
AC circuits, complex numbers 
3.1  3.5, handout 
HW#4: Ch2
1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, T1 

Lab 3 



Sept 23 
Tu 
generalized Ohms law 
handout 


Th 
band width, quality factor, Bode plots 
3.4, 3.5, A3 
HW#5: Ch3
1,2,6,7 

Lab 4 



Sept 30 
Tu 
transformers, PN junction 
4.1  4.2 


Th 
diodes, Zener diodes,
diode circuits 
5.1 5.4, 5.7 
HW#6: Ch3
24, 25; T2; Ch4 2; Ch5 3 

Lab 5 



Oct 7 
Tu 
more diode circuits, bipolar transistor 
5.8  5.9, 8.1  8.3 


Th 
bipolar transistor circuits 
8.3  8.6 


Lab 6 



Oct 14 
Tu 
more bipolar transistor circuits 
8.3  8.6 


Th 
field effect transistors 
8.7 
HW#8: Ch8
2, 3; T3 

Lab 7 



Oct 21 
Tu 
JFET amplifier, op amps 
8.8  8.9, 9.1  9.4 


Th 
op amp circuits 
9.5  9.6 


Lab 8 


Oct 28 
Tu 
op amp filters and real world op amps 
9.7  9.12 


Th 
oscillators and timers 
10.15 


Lab 9 
10.4 


Nov 4 
Tu 
digital electronics, logic, IC gates 
11.13 


Th 
Boolean algebra, numbering systems 
11.411.7 


Lab10 
12.2 


Nov 11 
Tu 
digital circuitry  flip flops 
12.112.2 


Th 
counters and registers 
12.3  12.5 
HW#12: Ch11 2, 5b, 6a&c, 9; HH 8.8 

Lab11 


Nov 18 
Tu 
digital to analog conversion, analog to digital
conversion 
14.6, 14.7 


Th 
multiplexer, programmable logic devices 
12.6, Introduction to... 
HW#13: Ch11 7b, 7d, 13; Ch12 5; HH 8.2 

Lab12 


Nov 25 
Tu 
computers, ROM and RAM 
13.3 


Th 
Thanksgiving 

no homework 

 
no lab 


Dec 2 
Tu 
transducers,
lockin amplifiers 
7.1, 7.2,15.4 


Th 
lockin amplifier demo 



Lab13 


Dec
812 

Finals Week 


Textbooks
Required
Text: Diefenderfer and Holton, Principles of
Electronic Instrumentation, 3rd Ed. Saunders, 1994.
Suggested
Reference: Horowitz and Hill, The Art of Electronics, 2nd Ed. Cambridge
Univ. Press, 1995.
This book is an excellent reference and
students planning to continue with electronics in future years should consider
acquiring it. It will be put on reserve in the BPS library.
Homework and Quizzes
There will be weekly homework assignments, due at the beginning of class
on Thursdays. Quizzes will be given during lecture; there will be roughly twelve
quizzes throughout the semester.
Laboratory Procedure and
Notebook
The laboratory part of the course consists of a series of experiments
that students will perform working alone. Students will be provided with a lab
notebook into which all relevant information associated with an experiment will
be recorded. The laboratory exercises will be performed during the 3 hour lab
period, the data entered into the notebook which will be left with the TA for
grading. No formal writeup will be required but
students are cautioned to enter all relevant data and explanations clearly and
succinctly so that the TA can easily follow the work done. No erasures or page
removal is allowed. If an error is made it should be neatly crossed out and the
corrected data reentered.
Grades
Your Total Score will be determined by the scores on the homework assignments, quizzes, and laboratory notebook. The Total Score is weighted as follows: 20%Homework, 30%Quizzes, 50%Laboratory. Grade assignments at the end of the term will be taken from the table below. (It may be shifted slightly in your favor.)
Total Score % and Grades 

Minimum % 
Grade 
85 
4.0 
80 
3.5 
75 
3.0 
70 
2.5 
65 
2.0 
60 
1.5 
50 
1.0 
<50 
0.0 