PHYS E-123a Laboratory Electronics: Analog Circuit Design
This course forms the analog half of a two-semester sequence that provides a lab-intensive survey of electronics (the digital half of this sequence is ENSC E-123). The course introduces analog electronics, with little mathematical or physical analysis and much opportunity to design and build circuits. The treatment moves quickly from fundamentals (for example, passive circuits made with resistors, capacitors) to designs with transistors and then gives most of its attention to the design of circuits using operational amplifiers: circuits such as integrators, amplifiers, oscillators, filters, and a servo loop. Students apply amplitude and frequency modulation in both transmission and reception. Each meeting includes a lab session.
Prerequisites: high school algebra; some knowledge of elementary electrical concepts is helpful but not essential. (4 credits)