Electronics I, with Laboratory
Instructor: F. S. Razavi

News and announcements

Textbook:
it is possible to take a class without a textbook, relying on the internet resources, or with any of the textbooks listed in the References. However, Robert E. Simpson, Introductory Electronics, 3rd ed. Allyn and Bacon, Inc., is highly recommended. It is an example of a "keeper" book, useful as a reference in later years.

Students are encouraged to look for a used copy, or order on-line. Brock Bookstore deals directly with publishers, and may not be able to get prices as low as those of some of the on-line suppliers.

Lab reports:
Begin by reviewing the Preface section in the Lab Manual!

Lab reports are due by 11:59pm six days after the scheduled lab session. For example, all Wednesday labs are due by the end of the following Tuesday.

Further details about submitting the lab reports will be announced here soon.

Lab reports are submitted online to turnitin.com for grading and to generate an originality report. Review your graded lab report for comments inserted there by the lab instructor.

Note that turnitin.com will not accept lab reports after the submission deadline. Late lab reports will receive a zero grade.

Your Phys2P31 class will automatically be added to your Turnitin account. If you are not already registered with Turnitin, one will be created for you using your Brock email address.

Lab tests:
The mid-term and final lab tests will use a 'black box' that contains six voltage-divider circuits. The circuits are some combination of resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and Zener diodes and are derived from the circuits that you used in Labs 1-8.

You are required to determine the type of circuit and evaluate the component values. To support your results, include relevant sketches of the scope waveforms, equations, calculations and a brief summary of the steps taken to analyse each circuit.

The test is open-book and you will have one hour to complete it. The first six students in the lab will do the test right away, the remainder will do the test 90 minutes later. Students who do not attend the lab test at their allotted time will receive a zero grade. No exceptions.

An open black-box will be available in the lab until the day before the test, if you wish to practice the analysis of the given circuits. Be sure to know how to operate the test equipment and how to properly make proto-board connections; these techniques should be very familiar to you by now and a lack of this understanding will cause you to fail the lab test.

You can only use the usual workstation instruments for your circuit analysis; a multimeter, function generator and oscliioscope. No capacitance meters are allowed.

Semester plan

Approximate, and subject to change:

Week of Monday class Wednesday class and lab Friday class
Sept.3 lecture
Sept.10 lecture  1.Introduction to Electronics Workbench lecture
Sept.17 lecture  2.Thévenin equivalents lecture
Sept.24 lecture; A1 due  3.Transient RC-circuits lecture
Oct.1 lecture  4.The Oscilloscope lecture
Oct.8 Thanksgiving and Fall reading break
Oct.15 lecture, A2 due  5.RC filters Lecture
Oct.22 lecture  6.Time and frequency response of RC/RCL circuits lecture
Oct.29 lecture Lab mid-term test Lecture
Nov.5 lecture, A3 due  7.Diodes and their properties lecture
Nov.12 lecture  8.Junction diodes and rectifiers lecture
Nov.19 lecture  9.Transistors and transistor circuits lecture
Nov.26 lecture 12.Operational amplifiers II lecture
Dec.3 lecture Lab end-of-term test

Computer-aided laboratories (CAL)

The marking scheme

Academic integrity