Policy and Grading
We will alternate in class between lab assignments and problem sets. There are lecture videos and reading assignments prior to class. It is your reponsibility to keep up with the course reading and lectures so that we can spend class time working on building stuff. Note that each class day will have the in-class assignments as well as any reading/lectures to watch.
Class 1: Lab 1.Introduction to equipment, soldering exercise, and pendulum lab. Today will be the kickoff for the class and we will get you started with the lab equipment.
Class 2: PSet 1.Introduction to resistors. You should come to class prepared by reading and watching the videos. Today we will experiment with some simple resistor circuits and compare the predictions to observations.
Class 3: Lab 2Today we will use a thermistor (temperature sensitive resitor) to measure temperature of a cooling cup of hot water.
Class 4: PSet 2.More resistors. Today we will do more resistor circuit analysis and simple experiments.
Class 5: Lab 3Today you will build a scale using a strain gauge. We will use our first integrated circuit, the instrumentation amplifier.
Class 6: PSet 3.Today we will introduce the capacitor. You should come to class prepared by reading and watching the lectures. Today we will just explore the basic nature of capacitor circuits.
Class 7: Lab 4Humidity. Today we will build a circuit to measure capacitance and use that principle to construct a humidity meter.
Class 8: PSet 4.Introduction to the Bode plot. You should come to class prepared by reading and watching the lecture. Today will be the first time we discuss the Bode plot, a concept we will use for the remainder of the course.
Class 9: Lab 5EKG. Today you will hook yourself up to electrodes and build a working EKG.
Class 10: PSet 5.Mode Bode plots. Today we will look at the Bode plot and analysis fo filters in series.
Class 11: Lab 6Blood pressure. Today you will build a circuit to measure yout blood pressure.
Class 12: PSet 6.Op-amp introduction. You should come to class prepared by reading and watching the lecture. Today we will explore the behavior of the op-amp.
Class 13: Lab 7Source meter. Using op-amps we will build a device which can set the voltage across and measure the current through a device (or vice-versa).
Class 14: PSet 7.More op-amps. Today we will explore more op-amp applications.
Class 15: Lab 8Pulse oximeter. Today we will use light shining through your finger to measure your pulse. This component is the first part of building a working pulse oximeter.
Class 16: PSet 8.Complex numbers. You should come to class prepared by doing the reading and watching the lectures. Today we will introduce the idea of using complex numbers to analyze circuits.
Class 17: Lab 9Ballistocardiograph. This experiment shows how we can pick up your heart rate by standing on a bathroom scale.
Class 18: PSet 9.Complex impedance. Today we will introduce the idea of impedance which dramatically simplifies the analysis of circuits with capacitors in them.
Class 19: Lab 10Ultrasonic range finder. Today you will transmit and receive an ultrasonic pulse. The time delay between transmit and receive provides a measure of the distance to an object.