Physics 440 Electronics Spring 2008
The
aim of this course is to give students a practical introduction to modern
electronic circuits. It consists of three 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, pulesers, 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
Stuart Tessmer, professor,
tessmer@pa.msu.edu, 3559200
x2210
Morewell Gasseller, TA, Curtis Walkons,
TA
Important Data
Lectures: MWF 33:50, Rm 1308 BPS
Labs: Tues
Tessmer
office hour: Mondays 9:30am,
1254/4237 BPS
Hallstein
office hours: Mondays 121pm, Wednesdays 1011am,
1253 BPS
Gasseller
office hour: Thursdays 34pm,
Strosacker BPS
Walkons
office hour: Thursdays 1011am,
Strosacker BPS
Assignment Schedule
Week of 
Day 
Topics 
chapter.section 
Homework chapter problem #s 
Jan 7 
M 
Introduction 



W 
Current,
voltage, resistance, Ohm's law 
1.1  1.5 


F 
Power,
series and parallel, circuits 
1.6  1.8 
HW#1: 1 2 
Jan 14 
M 
Dividers,
pots, loading effects 
1.8 
1.10 


W 
Kirchoff, Mesh loop method, 
1.8 
1.10 


F 
Thevenins theorem 
1.11 
HW#2: 1 3,4,5,6,7,13 
Jan 21 
M 
Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day 



W 
DC measurements 
6.1  6.3 


F 
Capacitance
and inductance 
2.1  2.4 
HW#3: 1 8,9,10,15,20,21,22 

Lab 1 
6.4 


Jan 28 
M 
RC, LC
and RLC Circuits 
2.5  2.6 


W 
AC circuits, complex numbers 
3.1  3.2,
handout 


F 
Impedance,
filters 
3.3  3.4 
HW#4: 2 1,2,3,6,7,8,10,T1 

Lab 2 
6.6  6.7 


Feb 4 
M 
Filters 
3.4 


W 
Band
width, quality factor 
3.5 


F 
Bode
plots 
A3 
HW#5: 3 1,2,6,7 

Lab 3 



Feb 11 
M 
Transformers 
4.1  4.2 


W 
PN junction, diodes, Zener diodes 
5.1 5.3,
5.7 


F 
Diode
circuits  I 
5.4 
HW#6: Ch3 24,25; T2;
Ch4 2; Ch5 3 

Lab 4 



Feb 18 
M 
Diode
circuits  II 
5.8 5.9 


W 
Bipolar
transistor introduction 
8.1  8.3 


F 
Bipolar
transistor circuits  I 
8.3  8.6 


Lab 5 



Feb 25 
M 
Bipolar
transistor circuits  II 
8.3  8.6 


W 

8.5 


F 
Field
effect transistors  introduction 
8.7 
HW#8: Ch8 2,3; T3 

Lab 6 



Mar 3 

Spring Break 


Mar10 
M 
JFET amplifier 
8.8  8.9 


W 
Op amps 
Introduction 
9.1  9.4 


F 
Op amps 
Differential amps, functions 
9.5  9.6 


Lab 7 



Mar 17 
M 
Op amp
filters and real world op amps 
9.7 
9.12 


W 
Op amp
filters and logic 
10.110.2 


F 
Oscillators
and timers 
10.35 


Lab 8 


Mar 24 
M 
IC Gates 
11.13 


W 
Boolean algebra,
numbering systems 
11.411.6 


F 
Open
collector and threestate Logic 
11.611.8 


Lab 9 
10.4 


Mar 31 
M 
Digital
circuitry  flip flops 
12.112.2 


W 
Digital
readouts  counters 
12.312.5 


F 
Counters
and registers 
12.5 
12.6 
HW#12: Ch11 2, 5b, 6a&c, 9;
HH 8.8


Lab10 
12.2 


Apr 7 
M 
One shots
 debouncing 
12.712.9 


W 
Digital
to analog conversion 
14.6 


F 
Analog to
digital conversion 
14.7 
HW#13: Ch11 7b, 7d, 13; Ch12 5;
HH 8.2


Lab11 


Apr 14 
M 
Programmable
logic devices I 



W 
ROM and
RAM, frequency to voltage converters 
13.3,14.9 


F 
FIFO' and
other devices 

HW#14: Ch14 11, 17, 17b (For 11, use buffers and opamps. 17b is same as 17 except for a 1.5000 V signal.)


Lab12 


Apr 21 
M 
State machines 



W 
Lockin amplifiers 
15.4 


F 
Transducers
I 
7.1,2 


Lab13 


Apr 28 

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 Fridays. Each assignment will be given on Monday and
may be amended on Wednesday. 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 are
required to purchase a lab notebook into which all relevant information
associated with an experiment will be recorded. This notebook should have
numbered pages with quadrille ruling. 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: 25%Homework, 25%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 