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Transistors and resistors on an old memory board.
Transistors and resistors on an old program memory module (ROM) of a Nixdorf 820 system. (Image courtesy of Hermann Schneider.)

Course Features

  • Lecture notes
  • Assignments (no solutions)
  • Exams (no solutions)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive set of lecture notes and laboratory assignments. Review notes and practice exams are also available in the examssection.

Course Description

The course is designed to provide a practical - hands on - introduction to electronics with a focus on measurement and signals. The prerequisites are courses in differential equations, as well as electricity and magnetism. No prior experience with electronics is necessary. The course will integrate demonstrations and laboratory examples with lectures on the foundations. Throughout the course we will use modern "virtual instruments" as test-beds for understanding electronics. The aim of the course is to provide students with the practical knowledge necessary to work in a modern science or engineering setting.

Lecture Notes

1Introduction; Transducers (PDF)
2Signals and Systems; Time and Frequency Domain (PDF - 1.3 MB)
3Fourier Transform and Fourier Series (PDF - 1.3 MB)
4Sampling and Aliasing; Numbering System (PDF - 1.3 MB)
5KVL and KCL Analysis (PDF)
6KVL and KCL Analysis (cont.); Nodal Mesh Analysis (PDF)
7Superposition Method; Thevenin Circuits; Circuits (PDF)
8Norton Equivalent Circuits (PDF)
9Dependent Sources (PDF)
10Quiz 1
11Dependent Sources (cont.) (PDF)
12Capacitors and Inductors (PDF)
13Impedance Method (PDF)
14Sinusoidal Steady State; Differential Equation Method (PDF)
15Sinusoidal Steady State with Impedance Method (PDF)
16Frequency Response; Filters (PDF)
17Frequency Response (cont.); Filters and Q Factor (PDF)
18Transient Response of Circuits; First Order and RL Circuits (PDF)
19Quiz 2
20Transient Response of First Order Circuits (PDF)
21Transient Response of Second Order Circuits (PDF)
22Circuits with Non-linear Elements; Diode (PDF)
23Design and Analysis of Diode Circuits (PDF)
25BJT (cont.) (PDF)
26BJT (cont.) (PDF)
27Quiz 3
28Op Amp (PDF)
29Op Amp (cont.); Fundamental Amplifier Circuits; Input/Output Impedance (PDF)
30Op Amp (cont.); Active Filters; Superdiode, Log, Antilog Filters (PDF)
31Control Fundamentals
33Op Amp (cont.); Positive Feedback; Schmitt Trigger (PDF)
34-36Design and Build a Heart Rate Monitor
37Digital Circuits (PDF)
38Digital Circuits (cont.) (PDF)

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