ECSE 1010

Spring 2017 {Note Changes in the Schedule Due to the Snow Day on 9 February}

piazza | LMS | Schedule | Due Dates | Staff | Class Days | Attendance | Other Courses

Software | Analog Discovery | SPICE | Excel | Matlab | Voltage Divider

Tools | Misc | Quizzes | Vocabulary | Amplitude | Demos | Grading | Syllabus | Parts

Schedule

Daily Schedule
With Links to Resources

Week Monday Thursday
1: 16 January
Holiday
1: Overview & Survey
2: 23 January
2: Instruments & Protoboards
3: Intro to Analog Discovery (AD)
3: 30 January
4: Intro to Ideal vs Real Circuit Models
5: Intro to Energy Storage Elements
4: 6 February
6: Charging Capacitors & PWM
7: Capacitive & Inductive Circuits: Filters & Energy Revisited
5: 13 February
8: Diodes Pt I
9: Diodes Pt II & Review
6: 20 February
(Tues) 10: Catch Up & Review
11: Quiz I
7: 27 February
12: Exponential Function
13: Phase
8: 6 March
14: Phasors
15: Our First Intro to Matlab
13 March
Spring Break
Spring Break
9: 20 March
16: Matlab and Data
17: Projects
10: 27 March
18: Transistors
19: Catch Up & Review
11: 3 April
20: Quiz II
21: Amps & Transformers
12: 10 April
22: Building Transformer
23: Digital Intro
13: 17 April
24: Digital Electronics and Software Pt I
25: Digital Electronics and Software Pt II
14: 24 April
26: Quiz III
27: Project
15: 1 May
28: Project
Study
16: 8 May
Finals
Finals

Due Dates

Experiments are due in one week, i.e. at the beginning of the second class after they are assigned. The assignment class # is included in the title of each experiment. Experiments turned in late will receive the following penalties: 5% for each of the first two days late and 10% per day after that. The same due dates and penalties hold for projects, except for the final project, which is due on the last day of classes (not the last day we meet).

There is a Problem Set associated with most class days (except for quizzes). The Problem Set # (i.e. PS #) corresponds to the Class # for the material addressed. Problem Sets are released during the first week of classes and at least one attempt is to be completed by the beginning of the corresponding class. It is always possible to attempt Problem Sets more than once. Any attempts completed by the beginning the class with the following number will receive full credit. For example, PS#5 is to be completed (for full credit) by the beginning of Class #6. Problem sets completed after the due date receive half credit. The last day for late Problem Sets to be completed is the class day before Quiz 3.

Quizzes will be given during regular class time. They are designed to be finished in about one hour, but do not need to be handed in until the end of the entire 1 hour and 50 minute class. If you require adjustments for learning disabilities, letters from the Dean are to be submitted at the beginning of the semester. Part A for each quiz will be given as an LMS assignment. At least one of five possible attempts at answering all Part A questions must be completed before the scheduled quiz class day. The purpose of this online quiz component is to prepare students for the more difficult in-class questions.

Last Updated: 29 April, 2017 11:02 AM

Staff

Section 1 INSTRUCTOR TA TA
Name K. A. Connor Teddy Ross Jacob Kupernik
Office CII 7023    
Open Shop   JEC 4201 JEC 4201
Office Hours

Wednesday 2-4PM in CII 7128
Tues/Thurs 11:30-12 JEC 4104

Monday 6-8PM Tuesday and Wednesday 5-7PM
Email connor@rpi.edu rosst2@rpi.edu kuperj@rpi.edu

Other Hours: Prof. Connor has a closed door policy for his office. His door is nearly always closed, but you can knock and enter. There is a sign if you forget. If he is not busy, he will see you. If he is busy, he will set up another time to meet. The room where he holds is regular office hours (CII 7128) is large (holds 24 people), so there is lots of room. His office is in CII 7023, which is inside the LESA office suite (enter through CII 7015)

Open shop hours are shared with other courses in the Core Studio classroom, JEC-4201. Specific times for ECSE 1010 TAs are posted in the table below in greenYellow indicates open shop without an assigned ECSE 1010 TA. Please note that TA office hours are held during their open shop sessions. Open shop is automatically cancelled the weekend before a Monday Holiday and after a Friday Holiday. For Sunday open shop, the handicap entrance on the 3rd floor of JEC should be open.

OPEN SHOP HOURS BEGIN after First Week.
Schedule for JEC-4201

 
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
8AM-9AM
EI
EI
9AM-10AM
EI
EI
10AM-11AM
LITEC
LITEC
Circuits
LITEC
LITEC
11AM-12PM
LITEC
LITEC
Circuits
LITEC
LITEC
12PM-1PM
LITEC
LITEC
Circuits
LITEC
LITEC
1PM-2PM
LITEC
LITEC
LITEC
LITEC
2PM-3PM
LITEC
LITEC
Circuits
LITEC
LITEC
3PM-4PM
Open
LITEC
LITEC
Circuits
LITEC
LITEC
4PM-5PM
Open
EI
Circuits
EI
5PM-6PM
Open
EI
Open
Open
EI
6PM-7PM
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
7PM-8PM
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
8PM-9PM
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
9PM-10PM

Grading Responsibilities

Name Experiments (Class #) Projects (Class #) Quizzes
Jacob Kupernik
All
1, 2, 3
Prof. Connor
All
1, 2, 3

Resources by Class Day

Other Intro to EE/ECE Courses

The first course for EE, CpE, CSE ... students is usually taught in the first year but often can be found in the second year. Thus, pay close attention to pre-requisites.

Software Downloads

Software tools play a critical role in this course. The following will give you access to Waveforms, LTspice IV and Matlab.

Analog Discovery Information

This course is based on the use of personal instrumentation. The device of choice is the Analog Discovery from Digilent. It provides all the functionality of a typical electronics laboratory.

SPICE Information

Essentially all numerical circuit simulations done by electrical and computer engineers use some version of SPICE. The particular version we use in this course is LTspice IV.

Matlab Information

Matlab (MATrix LABoratory) is one of the most powerful tools engineers use for numerical analysis.

Excel Information

Misc Materials and Supplies (Not in Parts Kit)

The following materials are needed for one or more experiments or projects. They are not included in your parts kit but will be provided by your instructor or TA.

The Voltage Divider

The Voltage Divider (Investigating the Voltage Divider both as a Practical Circuit and a Gateway to Most Concepts in EI)

  1. Part 1: What is a divider and how does it work if we build one?
  2. Part 1.1: Measuring input and output voltages to fully characterize the operation of a circuit, with and without a load.
  3. Part 2: Deriving the formula for an unloaded and a loaded divider
  4. Part 3: Building and testing a loaded voltage divider. Both noise and loading of the divider by an oscilloscope become significant issues.
  5. Part 4: Studying voltage dividers constructed with combinations of resistors, inductors and capacitors that function as filters. Some additional general properties of dividers are also identified.
  6. Part 5: The use of voltage dividers for measuring internal resistances of sources and loads such as battery resistance and the input resistance of measurement devices like voltmeters and scopes. Also for determining the resistance of resistive sensors like photocells, strain gauges and force sensors.
  7. Part 6: The role of voltage dividers in the operation of transformers.
  8. Part 6.1 Designing circuits by functional blocks.
  9. Part 7: Deriving the transfer functions for inverting and non-inverting op-amp amplifiers using what we know about voltage dividers. Also, voltage dividers where neither end is at zero Volts -- a generalization useful for non-inverting op-amps and Schmitt Triggers.
  10. Part 8: Configuring two voltage dividers into a Wheatstone Bridge circuit. Other uses of dividers as voltage references.
  11. Part 9: How does SPICE work? The material in this video is not required for EI but is useful for anyone who wishes to understand circuit analysis a little more deeply.
  12. Part 10: Transistor and relay switches. The Schmitt Trigger.
  13. Part 11: Digital Logic Circuits & the 555 Timer
  14. Part 12: Diode Rectifiers - Dividing voltage between diodes and resistors.
  15. Part 13: Powering LEDs - Dividing voltage between an LED and a current-limiting resistor.
  16. Part ?: Making high voltage measurements.
  17. Part ?: Oscilloscope Probes
  18. Part ?: Other

Calculators and Other Tools

There is an almost unlimited number of calculators and tools online to make our job easier. However, be sure that you always know how to do the calculations yourself because you will learn less if you rely on them too much. Treat them as great references and as a very easy way to check your results. You will not be able to use them on tests.

Amplitude Information

Demos

Misc. Links Including Tutorials

Quizzes

Vocabulary

Grading

Attendance

Because attendance counts for 10% of the course grade, there is a simple procedure for making up any missed classes during open shop times. Attend one of the TAs' open shop times or the instructors' office hours and complete the work missed during class. Some of the work can also be done at home, but you must attend at least an hour of open shop and obtain any required signatures from the TA or instructor and get the attendance Make-Up Form signed. Follow the instructions on the form below. Note that it requires all work be made up before the experiment or project due date. However, we will be a bit flexible on this requirement because this policy is new this semester. It is important to stay on schedule in this class.

For Website, Contact: connor at rpi dot edu