Electronics I, with Laboratory
News and announcements
- 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.
Approximate, and subject to change:
||Wednesday class and lab
|| 1.Introduction to Electronics Workbench
|| 2.Thévenin equivalents
||lecture; A1 due
|| 3.Transient RC-circuits
|| 4.The Oscilloscope
||Thanksgiving and Fall reading break
||lecture, A2 due
|| 5.RC filters
|| 6.Time and frequency response of RC/RCL circuits
||Lab mid-term test
||lecture, A3 due
|| 7.Diodes and their properties
|| 8.Junction diodes and rectifiers
|| 9.Transistors and transistor circuits
||12.Operational amplifiers II
||Lab end-of-term test
Computer-aided laboratories (CAL)
The marking scheme