Course outline
  • Basic physical concepts
    • charge, voltage, current, resistance, power
  • DC circuits
    • circuit reduction
    • Kirchhoff's rules
    • equivalent circuits
  • Transient currents
    • capacitors, inductors
    • generalization of Ohm's Law
    • MATH: simple differential equations
    • resonance phenomena
  • Sinusoidal currents, simple AC circuits
    • MATH: complex numbers
    • phasors
    • time- and frequency-domain descriptions of AC circuits
    • Fourier transform
    • resonant circuits and their analysis, Q factor
    • RC and RL circuits as filters; decibels
    • AC equivalent circuits
    • transformers
  • Non-linear circuit elements
    • elementary physics of semiconductors, pn-junction
    • diodes and rectifiers
    • transistors and their use as switches and amplifiers
    • bipolar transistors and JFETs
  • Operational amplifiers
    • general amplifier theory; feedback
    • op-amp concepts: virtual ground, summing point
    • simple op-amp circuits
    • math operations using op-amps
    • signal modulation and de-modulation
    • lock-in amplifier
  • Noise