PHY240: Practical Electronics

New for Fall 2017: An electronics course for anyone familiar with the basics of circuits!

Previously the department offered a 2-semester sequence, PHY242 and PHY243, where each class was a 2-credit (lab only) class.  PHY240 will be a 4-credit lecture+lab course, with both analog and digital electronics presented in one semester.  This course is open to anyone who has completed the second semester of either the calculus- or algebra-based physics sequence.  Students with a background in physics and/or electronics, but who have not take PHY203 or PHY103, should talk to me to see if this class is for them!

Description:

Electronic devices are all around us, but what is inside and how do they work? This course will build on a basic physics understanding of charge, current, and voltage; covering DC components, frequency response, semiconductors, op-amps, digital signals, and microprocessors. Students will design, build, and measure circuits, utilizing computer simulation and calculations to predict circuit behaviors. The class culminates in designing and building an Arduino-based project to solve a real-world problem.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Design and build circuits to meet specifications, utilizing theory, simulations, and iterative design.
  • Interrogate and troubleshoot circuits using tools such as multimeters, function generators, and oscilloscopes.
  • Communicate information about circuits using videos, circuit diagrams, and graphical representations of data
  • Design and construct a functional device, based on the Arduino microprocessor, to solve a real world problem or complete a useful task