Schedule for Physics 440 Electronics, Spring 2013
Note: Small schedule adjustments may be introduced as we go along. Please
use the schedule online for up to date assignments and experiment
descriptions.
Problem designations that lack hyperlinks refer to the Plonus textbook. The HH
problems stem from the Horowitz & Hill textbook and are linked from this
page, typically as pdf documents. The linked DH problems stem from the
Diefenderfer&Holton textbook. A few additional problems (P and T) are also
linked from this page. The problems represented in italic are worth 5 pts and
other 10 pts.
There will be unannounced short quizzes every week, typically one per week.
Please read ahead of each lecture and even more so ahead of each lab.
Week of 
Day 
Lect 
Topics 
Reading 
Problems due 
Jan 7 
M 
1 
Introduction, assessment test 

W 
2 
Current, voltage, Ohm's law, resistors in series and in parallel, power 
1.1  1.3 

F 
3 
Kirchoff's equations, voltage and current divider 
1.3.7, 1.5.1 

no lab 

Jan 14 
M 
4 
Batteries, Voltage and current sources 
1.4.41.4.5 

W 
5 
Series and parallel circuits, Norton & Thevenin 
1.5, 1.6 

F 
6 
Mesh loop method 
1.7 

no lab 

Jan 21 
M 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No Classes 

W 
7 
Capacitors and inductors in series and in parallel, AC circuits 
1.4.11.4.3, handout from Cook 

F 
8 
RC, RL, LC, RLC circuits 
1.8 

lab 1 
1.3, 1.4.4, Meters handout 

Jan 28 
M 
9 
AC circuits, complex notation 
2.1, 2.2 

W 
10 
Generalized Ohm's law 
2.2 
HW III: 1.22 (check here), DH2.1, DH2.2, HH1.14, 1.48, 1.51, 1.52, 1.19, 1.21 (check here) 

F 
11 
RC, RL, RLC filters 
2.3, 2.4 

lab 2 
2.1, 2.2 

Feb 4 
M 
12 
Bandwidth, quality factor, Bode plots 
2.4.3 

W 
13 
Transformers 
2.5, 2.6 
HW IV: 1.55, DH2.6, 2.5 (phasors given for t=0), 2.6, 2.10, 2.13, 2.14, 2.18, T2 

F 
14 
Semiconductors, PN junction, diode 
4.14.3 

lab 3 
2.1, 2.2, 2.3 

Feb 11 
M 
15 
Diode circuits, Zener diode 
3.13.4 

W 
16 
Diode circuits, regulators 
3.13.4 

F 
17 
Bipolar Junction Transistor, Configurations 
4.4.1, 4.5.1 

lab 4 
2.4, 2.5 

Feb 18 
M 
18 
Bipolar transistor circuits 
4.5.24.5.4 

W 
19 
More bipolar transistor circuits 
4.5.24.5.4 
HW VI: 4.10, 4.9, HH1.30, HH1.29, HH1.27, DH5.12, DH5.3, P5.22 

F 
20 
Field effect transistors 
4.4.2, 4.4.3, 4.5.6 

lab 5 
3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 

Feb 25 
M 
21 
Junction Field effect transistors 
4.5.64.5.8 

W 
22 
More JFET circuits and other FETs 
4.5.64.5.8, 4.4.4 

F 
23 
TBA 
TBA 

lab 6 
4.4.1, 4.5.14.5.3 (measuring beta ) 

Mar 4 
Spring Break 

Mar 11 
M 
24 
Amplifier 
5.1, 5.2, 5.4 

W 
25 
Operational amplifier 
6.1, 6.2, 6.3 

F 
26 
Opamp difference amplifiers, real world op amps 
6.4, 6.5, 6.5.1 

lab 7 
4.5.34.5.5 

Mar 18 
M 
27 
Opamp integrator and differentiator, filter 
6.6, 6.7 

W 
28 
Opamp comparator and oscillator 
6.8, oscillator handout 

F 
29 
Digital electronics 
7.1, 7.2 

lab 8 

Mar 25 
M 
30 
Logic gates 
7.3 

W 
31 
Boolean algebra and numbering systems 
7.3.5, 7.4.17.4.3 

F 
32 
Encoder, decoder and display 
7.4.47.4.5 

lab 9 
5.4, 5.5, 6.7 

Apr 1 
M 
33 
Flip flops 
7.5.17.5.6 

W 
34 
Counters and registers 
7.5.77.5.11 
HW XI: 7.12 (simplify outputs), 7.13, 7.14, P3.10, 7.15, HH8.2 

F 
35 
Programmable logic devices 

lab 10 
4.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 

Apr 8 
M 
36 
Digital to analog conversion, analog to digital conversion 

W 
37 
Multiplexing 
handout 

F 
38 
Computers 
8.1, 8.2, 8.3 

lab 11 

Apr 15 
M 
39 
ROM and RAM 
8.3.3, 8.3.4 

W 
40 
Transducers 
Handout 
HW XIII: P2.5, P2.6, 7.29 (check the Boolean formula), DH12.3, 7.34, DH12.9 

F 
41 
Lockin amplifiers 
Handout 

lab 12 

Apr 22 
M 
42 
TBA 
TBA 

W 
43 
TBA 
TBA 

F 
44 
Assessment test, Remember SIRS forms 

no lab 

Apr 30 
Finals Week , no labs, no class, no final exam 