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Physics 309

PHYS 309: Electronics Laboratory

Prerequisites: PHYS 111 or PHYS 222

Credit Hours: (1)

Building dc, ac, op amp, and transistor circuits, and the use of oscilloscopes, function generators and other electronic test equipment.


Detailed Description of Course

This laboratory course is designed to provide students with experience in building, testing and troubleshooting basic electronic circuits. The laboratory topics include the following:

1. Oscilloscopes, multimeters and function generators
2. Characteristics of resistors, capacitors, and inductors
3. Passive signal filters using combinations of resistors, capacitors and inductors
4. dc and ac circuit networks for signal processing
5. Diodes and the junction potential/voltage
6. Operational amplifiers
7. Transistors
8. Basics of amplitude and frequency modulation transmission and reception
9. Use of circuit-design software to analyze circuits


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The students will meet for instruction in the laboratory for two hours per week. Students will be expected to use additional self-directed laboratory time to complete weekly circuit assignments, and will summarize their findings with weekly lab write-ups.


Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will be able to build and analyze circuits.


Assessment Measures

The students are graded on the quality of their completed circuits and the laboratory reports they prepare.


Other Course Information

None


Review and Approval

2013