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 are from the Horowitz & Hill textbook and are linked as pdf documents from this page. The DH problems are from the Diefenderfer&Holton textbook and are linked as PDF documents. A few additional problems (T) are also linked from this page.
There will be unannounced short quizzes every week, typically one per week.
Please read ahead for each lecture and especially for each lab.
Week of 
Day 
Lect 
Topics 
Reading 
Homework 
Jan 7 
M 
0 
Introduction. Assessment test.  
W 
1 
Units, Current, Voltge, Ohm's law. Resistors in series and parallel, Power.  Ch 1.11.3.6  (HW1) Ch1: 4,5,7,10,15  

F 
2 
Kirchoff's laws, Circuit elements. 
Ch 1.3.71.5  (HW1) Ch1: 17, 22, 26 

no lab 


Jan 14 
M 
3 
Parallel and serial circuits analysis, Equivalence, Superposition. 
Ch 1.6  
W 
4 
Thevenin and Norton theorems, Input/Output impedance.  (HW2) T1; Ch1: 28, 29, 30, 32  

F 
5 
Introduction to the experiments, laboratory basics. 
HW 1 due  

lab 0 
Lab Preparation: Connectivity, Sockets and Switches, Soldering 

Jan 21 
M 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No Classes 

W 
6 
Mesh loop equations.  Ch 1.7  (HW2) Ch1: 34, 36; DH1.  

F 
7 
RC circuit, Time constants. 
Ch 1.8.1, 1.8.2  HW 2 due; (HW3) Ch1: 40, 48, 49, 50, 51; DH2 

lab 1 
Ch 1.3, 1.4.4, Meters handout  
Jan 28 
M 
8 
RL circuits. (Quiz 1) 
Ch 1.8.3  
W 
9 
Introduction to AC circuit.  Ch 2.1, 2.2  

F 
10 
RLC circuit, Complex notation, Phasor analysis. 
Ch 2.2.1  HW3 due; (HW4) Ch2: 5,6,13 

lab 1a 

Feb 4 
M 
11 
Impedance, Generalized Ohm's law. 
Ch 2.2.22.2.3  (HW4) Ch2: 14; T2 
W 
12 
RC, RL, RLC filters; Transfer function.  Ch 2.3  (HW5) Ch2: 18; T3  

F 
13 
Resonances, Q factor, Equivalences. 
Ch 2.4  HW4 due; 

lab 2 
Ch 2.1, 2.2  
Feb 11 
M 
14 
Bandwidth, Bode plots. 
Ch 2.4  (HW5) Ch2: 22, 23 
W 
15 
Power analysis, RF circuit.  Ch 2.5  

F 
16 
Transformers.(Quiz 2) 
Ch 2.6  HW5 due; (HW6) Ch2: 47, 48 

lab 3 
Ch 2.1, 2.2, 2.3  
Feb 18 
M 
17 
Diodes, Diode circuits, Rectifiers. 
Ch 3.1, 3.2  (HW6) Ch3:1, Ch4:10; HH1.27 
W 
18 
Zener diodes, Voltage regulation.  Ch 3.3, 3.4  (HW6) HH1.29, 1.30; DH5  

F 
19 
Semiconductor physics basics, Doping. 
Ch 4.1, 4.2  

lab 4 
Ch 2.4, 2.5  
Feb 25 
M 
20 
PN Junctions, Bias, IV characteristics. 
Ch 4.3  
W 
21 
Bipolar junction transistors (BJT).  Ch 4.4  HW6 due;  

F 
22 
BJT amplifiers, Gain curve. (Quiz 3) 
Ch 4.5.1, 4.5.2  (HW7) Ch4: 12, 21 

lab 5 
Ch 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3  
Mar 4 
Spring break  
Mar 11 
M 
23 
BJT cicuits analysis, Qpoint. 
Ch 4.5.3, 4.5.4  (HW7) Ch4: 22; T5 
W 
24 
Junction field effect transistors (JFET).  Ch 4.4.2, 4.4.3  

F 
25 
JFET transfer characteristics, JFET circuits. 
Ch 4.5.6  4.5.8  HW7 due; 

lab 6 
Ch 4.4.1, 4.5.14.5.3 (measuring beta)  
Mar 18 
M 
26 
JFET circuit examples, Analysis. 
Ch 4.5.9, 4.6  (HW8) Ch4: 23; T6(updated), T7 
W 
27 
More transistor applications. (Quiz 4)  

F 
28 
Introduction to operational amplifiers (OpAmp). 
Ch 6.1, 6.2  HW8 due; (HW9) Ch6: 4,5,8 

lab 7 
Ch 4.5.34.5.5  
Mar 25 
M 
29 
Follower, Summer, Analogtodigital conversion. 
Ch 6.3, 6.4  (HW9) Ch6: 10,11 
W 
30 
Differential circuit, Transfer function and impulse response.  Ch 6.5, 6.6  (HW9) T8, T9, T10  

F 
31 
Active filters, comparators, oscillator. (Quiz5) 
Ch 6.7, 6.8  HW9 due; (HW10) Ch6: 19, 24; P3_13; T11,T12 

lab 8 
Ch 6.1, 6.2 JFET , OpAmps (JFET hint )  
Apr 1 
M 
32 
Digital electronics, Gates, Truth table. 
Ch 7.1, 7.2, 7.3  (HW11) Ch7: 1,8; HH8.8 
W 
33 
Logic, Boolean algebra, Numbering systems.  Ch 7.3.57.4  (HW11) Ch7: 13e  

F 
34 
Flipflops. (Quiz 6) 
Ch 7.5.17.5.6  HW10 due; 

lab 9 
Ch 5.4, 5.5, 6.7  
Apr 8 
M 
35 
Encoders and decoders; display, DAC. 
Ch 7.4.4, 7.4.5  
W 
36 
Counters, Registers, Memory.  Ch 7.5.77.5.11, 7.6  (HW12) T13, T14, T15  

F 
37 
Computer basics (Quiz, bonus run) 
Ch 8  HW11 due; 

lab 10 
Ch 4.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3  
Apr 15 
M 
38 
Introduction to Arduino 
lecture notes  
W 
39 
Modern computer and interfaces.  Ch 8 and lecture notes  

F 
40 
Digital communications 
Ch 8 and lecture notes  HW12 due; 

lab 11 

Apr 22 
M 
41 

W 
42 
Term paper presentation II  

F 
43 
TBD 


no lab 


Apr 29 
Final week. No labs, no classes, no final exam  
May 2 


Research paper on computers or digital communication due. (email a digital copy to the instructor by Due day, please check the digital integrity) 