Engineering 337


What you need to know to get through this class.

Last page update 9/3/12

General Information:
Lecture Room: Berndt Hall 680
Lab Room: Berndt Hall 672
Class Times: TR 11:15-12:35, Thursday 1:25-4:40

Charles L. Hakes
Office : Berndt 630
Office phone: 247-7242 (However, this is not the best way to contact me.)
Probable office hours: MWF 11:30-1:15;3:30-4:30
e-mail: (This is the best way to contact me)

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Class Information:

Catalog Description: Introduction to Electronics.  A survey course of the theory and design of analog circuits with discrete and integrated elements, and devices used in scientific instrumentation.  Includes the study of linear op-amp circuits, comparators and controls, oscillators, active filters, diode applications, transistors, and transducer circuits. (2-2)  Prerequisites: Phys 218.

Course Outcomes with corresponding ABET Criteria/outcomes:
Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics (criterion a1)
Ability to apply knowledge of physical science (criterion a2)
Ability to conduct experiments (criterion b1)
Ability to design experiments (criterion b2)
Ability to analyze data from experiments (criterion b3)
Ability to design a system or process to meet desired needs (criterion c)
Ability to work collaboratively (criterion d)
Ability to continue learning scientific or technical material throughout my life (criterion i)
Ability to use computing technology in technical problems (criterion k)
Ability to think critically (criterion m)
*Ability to communicate effectivley in writing (criterion g1)
*Ability to orally present technical information (criterion g2)

Lab Equipment: You should get some of your own equipment.  I assume that you are taking this class because you are interested in electronics, and the best way to learn is to "tinker" on your own.  Your projects at the end of the semester will be much easier if you have some of these things at home.  I suggest at least the following, but you may decide you want more "stuff".  Most of this is quite inexpensive and should be available locally (e.g. Radio Shack) or you could look on-line.  Suggestions:

Text: Electronic Devices: Conventional Current Version, ninth edition, by Thomas L. Floyd.

Additional texts you might find useful:
Principles of Electronics - Analog and Digital, by Lloyd R. Fortney
Operational Amplifiers and Linear Integrated Circuits, by Robert F. Coughlin and Frederick F. Driscoll
An Introduction to Error Analysis, by John R. Taylor
Physics Laboratory Manual
, by Norton and Gibbons, 3rd edition.  

Math Requirement:  I assume you are comfortable with differential and integral calculus.

Class Folder:  You need a plain manilla folder with a tab.  This will be for three minute papers, turning in assignments, getting returned assignments, etc.  The tab should have your full name, and the front should haved your name in large letters.

Homework Requirement:  This is primarily a hands-on laboratory class.  However, you must know some of the theoretical concepts and how to solve problems to pass the tests.  The only way to become proficient is to practice.  So... there will occationally be homework over material we cover in class.  The homework may or may not be graded, but you might find the tests rather difficult if you have not done the homework.

Withdrawing from Class - The last day to withdraw from this class with a "W" is Friday on the 10th week of class, as shown on the schedule.

Academic (dis)honesty:  Any incidents of cheating on quizzes or exams will result in being reported to the office of academic affairs, and an F for the course.  (I may soften that penalty only if circumstances warrant it, at my discretion.)  I do encourage you to work together to discuss the homework, but your written answer must be in your own wordsDon't Copy!  Unacceptable collaboration on a homework assignment will result in a score of zero for the entire assignment.  Copying or directly paraphrasing answers from the textbook on a homework assignment will result in a zero for that question.  Answer in your own words in order to actually learn something!

Accessibility: Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to fully participate in course activities or meet course requirements must register with  Disability Services, 280 Noble Hall, 247-7459.  If you qualify for services, bring your letter of accommodations to me during office hours as soon as possible.

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