Digital Electronics, with Laboratory
Instructor: E. Sternin
  • Problem-based tutorial #1, Thursday, February 14.

    Student feedback (on the process, not on the result) is due by noon, February 15. Plain-text email, no attachments, aim for 200-400 words.

  • Feel free to join PHYS 2P20 labs next week for a Linux/physica/LaTeX orientation session, in B203. Contact Ivana Komljenovic-Metcalf to reserve a seat. If the scheduling does not work out, I would be happy to give a separate session for 2P32 students - get together with other students, find a suitable time slot, and let me know.

  • Textbook: Introductory Electronics by Simpson is recommended. Several copies are available to borrow at the Physics Office, B210.

  • Labs: W 14:00-17:00 in H300.
    Labs begin Jan. 9 (Intro to Electronics Workbench, the digital side).

  • Late assignments are penalized with a 15%/day sinking cap.

  • Lab reports are due by 23:55 six days after the day of the lab (on the eve of the next lab), as described in the page; late lab reports receive a zero grade. If you have a valid medical or compassionate excuse, contact the lab instructor as soon as possible.

    You will be registered automatically into your lab class at, and you will receive a confirmation email message from them to your Brock mailbox. If you already have a account, the message will inform you that our course is now on your list, and you can access it by logging in to If you haven't used before, then go to and enter your Brock email, then click on Forgot your password and follow the instructions to set a new password.

  • All Students should have a working ID on the Linux cluster and on the Windows server boron. Make sure your account is working before showing up in the lab. If you are experiencing login problems, contact your lab instructor in advance of the lab.

  • There is no final exam; instead, the last third of the course is devoted to an individual Term Project. The final presentations of the projects take place in front of a full class on a day in April (date TBA). Project log books must be maintained, in paper or online form, while the final presentations must be in the online form, and you can start working on them right away, see this link for more details. We will stay away from all other methods (no memory sticks, no laptops), as these all incur an unacceptable time overhead. Each presentation will be followed by a quick question period, and all students are expected to actively participate.

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  • Note the marking scheme:
    Component Worth Comments
    assignments 30% Late penalty: 15%/day; some assignments will be in the form of Problem-Based Tutorials (group work)
    midterm 10% Conducted during the regular lecture time slot, date TBA
    term project 25% Marks assigned for the Abstract/initial presentation (5%); quality of the project (10%); final report/presentation (10%)
    laboratories 35% Both attending the lab and submitting a written lab report are required to complete a lab. On the first lab report the students will be given an opportunity to correct and re-submit; a minimum of 75% grade must be achieved on the first lab report. All lab reports will have a 100% late penalty, with only medical excuses considered valid. A passing grade of 50% in the lab component must be achieved to pass the course. At the end of the course there is a final oral lab exam.