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Experiment 3 Project 3
Experiment 4 Project 4
Experiment 5 General Info
Experiment 6 Extra Credit
Experiment 7 Textbooks
Experiment 8 Report Info

 

General Information Applying to All Experiments and Projects

Analog Discovery Information

Analog Discovery General Information (Includes info on related products, adaptors, etc.)

Analog Discovery Getting Started Videos

Waveforms Software Information and Download (Note that there are two versions of Waveforms. Waveforms 2015 is the new version, but the older version was used in all of the experiment write ups. You can try both and then decide which one you like better. However, Waveforms 2015 is not fully developed and you will not have access to the same level of functionality.)

Waveforms 2015 vs Waveforms - converting from one to the other and functionality tradeoffs (coming soon)

Analog Discovery Datasheet

Mobile Studio & Analog Discovery Connections
Calibration Procedure (This should be done as soon as possible.)

Using Wave Files in Wavegen (Not all wave files appear to be formatted the same- Examples that work [Right Click to Download]: Batter Churchill Klaatu Kansas Problem)

Breadboard Tips

Mobile Studio Information

Mobile Studio Software Download (Installing Mobile Studio Software on Windows 8)

Mobile Studio Analog and DC Connections How to connect to the Mobile Studio board

Mobile Studio Video Tutorials Video tutorials to help you get started with the Mobile Studio

Video: Using Mobile Studio for Audio (Associated Document) A fairly complete and simple example of using the Mobile Studio ... an example to go through to learn how to use the board.

Mobile Studio - detailed specifications

PSpice Information

PSpice Plots & PSpice Videos

PSpice/Capture Download
Additional PSpice Information (Also includes links to older versions)

Validating PSpice (New document on using results available from PSpice but not from experiments)

General Information

Troubleshooting and Debugging How to handle all of the little problems that can occur when building circuits and running PSpice. This document is continually updated based on new experiences in the classroom. You will find nearly all issues addressed here.

Hardware and Software Used in Each Activity A list of everything you need for each activity to supplement your parts and tool kits.

Electronic Concepts and Troubleshooting 101 Some concepts and troubleshooting issues to think about for each experiment and project.

Concepts for Think-Pair-Share Discussions. Discussion Sheet for TPS. These are the questions addressed at the beginning of each class. The responses are used to check attendance.

Useful Online Information A work in progress collection of generally helpful information found in a wide variety of locations online.

Measuring Wire Length in JEC 4201 Used in Exp 3 to obtain 40ft of enameled wire.

Capturing Data from PSpice in Excel This is a draft. Please send any comments or suggestions to Prof. Connor.

Shopping List Information on additional tools, components, etc. you may want to obtain for EI.
Electronic Switching Concept issues in Exp 6

Oscilloscope Tutorials and Overviews:

How to Use an Oscilloscope from Sparkfun

Introduction to Oscilloscopes Lab Experiment from Tektronix

Virtual Oscilloscope (Shockwave) from Peter Debik

Information on Stand-Alone Instruments (representative set from the Instrumentation Studio - JEC 4107):
How to use the Agilent Software
Agilent Instrument Simulator
(rarely works)
Agilent 54603B Oscilloscope
Agilent 33120A Function Generator
Agilent E3631A Power Supply
Agilent 34401A Digital Multimeter

Textbooks and Lecture Notes

ONLINE: D. M. Gingrich, Electronics (1999)
ONLINE: S. A. Hoenig, How to Build and Use Electronic Devices Without Frustration, Panic, Mountains of Money, or an Engineering Degree (Second Edition, 1980), (Third Edition, 2002)

ONLINE: Real Analog from Digilent

ONLINE: Electronics 101 from Digilent (work in progress)

ONLINE: A. Ganago and J. L. Sleight, Circuits Laboratory Companion from National Instruments

ONLINE: A. Agarwal and J. H. Lang, Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronics (2005)

Paperback or Kindle, iTunes, Goodread, etc: P. Scherz and S. Monk, Practical Electronics for Inventors (3rd ed, 2013) Now the recommended text for this course.

Paperback Only: C. Lunn, The Essence of Analog Electronics (1996) Formerly a Required Text for this Course, Now Optional

Hardcover Only: P. Horowitz and W. Hill, The Art of Electronics (1989) A Wonderful Book

ONLINE: Play-Hookey This is not really an online textbook, but it has all the same useful information

ONLINE: All About Circuits Also contains videos, forums, blogs on circuits and electronics.

ONLINE: Components and Circuits Lab from UCSD, excellent materials on circuit analysis, complex arithmetic, etc.
ONLINE: Lessons in Electric Circuits from Tony Kuphaldt -- this is now organized under Learning Electronics, an open source community you can contribute to.

ONLINE: Analog Circuits Laboratory from Caltech -- excellent course notes that add up to a decent book.

Experiment and Project Report Information

What to include in Experiment Write-ups

Checklist Reflection Tasks (Updated 1-27-16) This document lists all steps necessary to obtain a signature for specific tasks in experiments and projects.
Project Report Guidelines

Introduction -- Course outline, Policies, Materials, Studio and Open Shop

PowerPoint Presentation for Introduction


Experiment 1 -- Signals, Instrumentation, Basic Circuits and Capture/PSpice

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Experiment 1 {for Analog Discovery} (docx) | [Experiment 1 {for Mobile Studio} (docx)]
PowerPoint Presentation for Experiment 1 (pdf) See Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
Audio Spectrum also Speech Banana Check out also information on how our hearing changes with frequency (e.g. Frequency and Loudness Response of Ear) also the concept of Sound Pressure is also relevant.
How to use a breadboard
Video: Identifying Resistors (pdf) General discussion of how to accurately identify the value of resistors. (Addresses a big idea for this course and engineering.)
Additional reading:
Series and Parallel Resistors
Battery Specs and Battery Measurements
Java Applets on Circuits (unit 11)
Lissajous Figures Applet
Optional related information:
Electric Generator Applet
Resistor Identifier
Basic Circuit Information
Identifying Electronic Components (uC Hobby)


Experiment 2 -- Complex Impedance, Steady State Analysis and Filters

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Experiment 2 {for Analog Discovery} (docx) | [Experiment 2 {for Mobile Studio} (docx)]
PowerPoint Presentation for Experiment 2 (pdf) See Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
Steady State Handout (Typos: P3 Line 1 'os' should be 'of' and P12 Equation 11 should be the impedance of an inductor not a capacitor)
Gingrich Notes on AC Circuits
Complex Numbers (Clark)
Complex Numbers (Interactive Math, also has some circuit analysis)

Complex Numbers (Tony Kuphaldt, part of Lessons in Circuits linked above)
Circuit Review (Swarthmore, done as a review for the next course)
Additional reading:
Phasors (Wikipedia)
Phasor Applet (Berkeley)
Simple High Pass Filter Applet
Simple Low Pass Filter Applet
More on Filters
Optional related information:
Analog Filter Design Applet
Dictionary of Electronics Terms


Experiment 3 -- Inductors and Transformers

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Experiment 3 was revised for Fall 2016. Please send any questions or corrections to Prof. Connor.
Experiment 3 {for Analog Discovery} (docx) | Experiment 3 {for Mobile Studio} (docx) The Mobile Studio version of this experiment has not been revised.
PowerPoint Presentation for Experiment 3 (pdf) See Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
Additional reading:

Ferrite Core Specifications: 495-3864-ND; 495-3856-ND; 495-3861-ND (from Digi-key)
Measuring Wire Length in JEC 4201
Using the front wall as a 20ft reference. This is only necessary for the Mobile Studio version of Exp 3.
Transformer Equation Notes
Gingrich on Inductance
Inductor Design Help
Optional related information:
Inductor Simulator from Barry's Coilgun Website
Mutual Inductance from All About Circuits

Inductance Calculations from the MST EMC Lab
Toroid Inductance Calculations and Another Toroid calc
Williamson Labs on Inductance
Single Loop Inductance Applet
Faraday Inductance Experiment 1
Faraday Inductance Experiment 2
Transformer Circuit Applet
Another Transformer Applet
Magnetic Levitation (of assorted objects)
Wire gauge information:
Reade Wire Gauge Chart (use this link for wire diameters under A.W.G. column)
Cirris (Table and Calculator)
MegaConverter

Thevenin Equivalent Circuits:
Class notes on Thevenin Equivalent Circuits
Thevenin Applet
Gingrich on Thevenin Equivalents


Experiment 4 -- Op-Amp Circuits

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Experiment 4 {Analog Discovery} (docx) | Experiment 4 {Mobile Studio} (docx)
Alternate Experiment 4 using 5V supplies (docx)
PowerPoint Presentation for Experiment 4 (pdf) See Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
Differentiators and Integrators Approaching new ideas using multiple engineering tools (Addresses a big idea for this course and engineering.)
Additional reading:
Op-Amp Circuits
Ideal Op Amps from Georgia Tech (Marshall Leach)
Optional related information:
Op-Amp Basics from Oregon Physics 431 (Ray Frey) Very nice summary and discussion of feedback.
Williamson Labs on Op-Amps
Gingrich on Op-Amp Circuits
More on Op-Amp Circuits from All About Circuits
Complex Analysis of a Miller Integrator
Mind Machine Web Museum
Analog Computer Museum
Specifications:
741 Op-Amp
LF351 Op-Amp


Experiment 5 -- Harmonic Oscillation

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Experiment 5 {Analog Discovery} (docx) | Experiment 5 {Mobile Studio} (docx)
Alternate Experiment 5 using 5V supplies (docx)
PowerPoint Presentation for Experiment 5 (docx) See Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
Cantilever Beam Frequency
Damping Constant and Natural Frequency General mathematical analysis of damped harmonic oscillators, including cantilever beam and RLC circuit. (Addresses a big idea for this course and engineering.)
Additional reading:
Theory of Damped Harmonic Motion from Michael Richmond at RIT
Young's Modulus from Wikipedia
Background on Harmonic Motion
Cantilever Beams
Measuring Strain With Strain Gauges from NI
Strain Gauges from All About Circuits (excellent discussion)
Strain Gauges (supplemental slides)
Wheatstone Bridge from Electronics Tutorials
Load Cells from Omega
Optional related information:
Wheatstone Bridge Animation
Strain Gauge Calculators
Strain Gauges
Pendulum Simulation
Oscillating Circuit Applet
Types of Oscillation


Experiment 6 -- Electronic Switches

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Experiment 6 {Analog Discovery} (docx) | Experiment 6{Mobile Studio} (docx)
PowerPoint Presentation for Experiment 6 (pdf) See Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
Electronic Switching Addresses the relay experiment using Mobile Studio, but the concepts are general
Additional reading:
Schmitt Trigger
Carburetor Application
Flow Valve Control
Optional related information:
Gingrich on Transistors
Specifications:
Coto Reed Relay 8L01-05-001
Omron Relay G5LE-1A4
Tyco T7C

Panasonic JS1-5V-F
741 Op-Amp
7414 Schmitt Trigger | CMOS 7414 from NXP
7404 Inverter
2222 Transistor
PN2222 Transistor


Experiment 7 -- Digital Logic Devices and the 555-Timer

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Experiment 7 {Analog Discovery} (docx) | Experiment 7 {Mobile Studio} (docx)
PowerPoint Presentation for Experiment 7 (pdf) See Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
555 Timer Animation
Mushroom Timer Information
Gingrich on Digital Electronics or try this if the link is broken
Additional reading
555 Timer Time Constant

555 Timers
Introductory Digital Electronics
Basic Digital Information
Optional related information
Boolean Algebra
How Boolean Logic Works
How digital gates work
Digital Electronics Links
Gingrich on RC Decay
Specifications
7404 Inverter
7402 2-input NOR
7410 3-input NAND
74107 JK Flip-Flop
74393 Counter
555 Timer
Logic Gate Applets (try out these applets to see if you understand digital logic concepts)
Logic Gate Simulator
Interactive Simulation Framework
Electronic Logic Gates and Circuits


Experiment 8 -- Diodes, Phototransistors and LEDs

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Experiment 8 5V version {Analog Discovery} (docx)

Experiment 8 {Analog Discovery} (docx) | Experiment 8 {Mobile Studio} (docx)
PowerPoint Presentation for Experiment 8 (pdf) See Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
Supplement to experiment 8 handout
Second Supplement on Diode Measurements
Additional reading:
Photosensors
Photodiodes
Gingrich on Diodes
Basic Diode Information
Diodes
Zener Diodes
The Radiometry of Light Emitting Diodes (Labsphere)
Optional related information:
More on Zener Diodes
Diodes and P/N Junctions
Zener voltage ranges
Specifications:
1N4148 Diode Specs
1N750A Zener Diode Specs
LT1893 Phototransistor


Project 1 -- Instrumented Beakman's Motor

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Project 1 handout {Analog Discovery} (docx) | Project 1 handout {Mobile Studio} (docx)
Project 1 PowerPoint Presentation (pdf) also see Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
Extra hints
Additional reading:

Grading Sheet for Project 1 (Use only for guidance. This document is from past semesters and is a list of possible topics you may want to include.)
Permanent Magnet's Flux Density for one type of magnet
FEMM Model for typical Magnets: BeakmanMagnet.FEM and BeakmanMagnet_Plate.FEM
Using the information from the FEMM models above to elucidate the Effect of the Steel Plate on the Magnetic Field
Chris Palmer was one of the first to discuss this on the web.
Science Buddies Building an Electric Motor
Jose Pino's Beakman's Motor instructions (very good with nice pictures)
Hila Science Camp motor project
Science toys you can make with your kids, includes some excellent photos.
SimpleMotor, a site dedicated to simple, inexpensive motors that are easy to build.
Electric Motors fromthe IEEE (this is a ppt presentation)
Motors from the Buffalo State Physics Education site
Beakman Video
YouTube also has at least a couple of videos.
Many, many, many more... just search for 'beakman's motor.'
Principles behind the DC motor
(Development of Electromotive Force)
Optional related information:
Inductance Calculations (or here if MST link is down)
Electric Motor Applet
AC Generator Applet
Stepper Motors
How Batteries Work
Specifications:
Battery Specs


Project 2 -- Cantilever Beam

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Project 2 handout {Analog Discovery} (docx) | Project 2 handout {Mobile Studio} (docx)
Alternate Project 2 handout 5V supplies (docx)
Project 2 PowerPoint Presentation (pdf) See Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
Additional reading:
Data Analysis Example
Extra hints An older document from when the beam also had a coil for obtaining velocity info, but the advice is still very good.
Extra help An older document from when the beam also had a coil for obtaining velocity info, but the advice is still very good.
How Accelerometers Work (More on Accelerometers from Dimension Engineering)
Additional related information:
Spreadsheet in Mathematics -- Fitting Functions
Specifications:
ADXL250
Maxim473
741 Op-Amp


Project 3 -- Switch Debouncer

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Project 3 handout {Analog Discovery} (docx) | Project 3 handout {Mobile Studio} (docx)
See Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
555 Timer Animation (for project 3)
Additional reading:
Binary Counters
Specifications
555 Timer
TTL Logic Components
MAX474 replacement for MAX473 - Data Sheet: note new pinouts
MAX492 replacement for MAX473 - Data Sheet: note new pinouts


Project 4 -- Optical Communications Link

Required (At least one member of each team must read over and be generally acquainted with these materials before beginning the assignment):
Project 4 handout {Analog Discovery} (docx) | Project 4 handout {Mobile Studio} (docx)
Project 4 Extra Credit
Project 4 PowerPoint Presentation (pdf) also see Lectures or YouTube for video lectures on these topics
Grading Sheet for Project 4 (from past semesters, contains a list of possible topics you may want to include, disregard the grading rubric included)
Complete PSpice Model for Project 4 (zip file) (download, unzip and add everything to your PSpice workspace)
Video: Using Mobile Studio for Audio (Associated Document)
Recording of TV-B-Gone Remote
output detected with Project 4 Receiver Circuit. Short excerpt of TV-B-Gone signal (wav files).
Additional reading:
Simulation Information
Handy Dandy Circuit #10
386 Op-Amp Circuit
Audio Circuits
Modulation Applets:
Amplitude Modulation
Frequency Modulation
Pulse Width Modulation
Pulse Position Modulation
Optional related information:
LED Doubles as Emitter and Detector (Electronic Design News)
Background on A/D and D/A Conversion
Pulse Width Modulation
Amplitude Modulation
Frequency Modulation
Specifications:
741 Op-Amp
386 Audio Amplifier
555 Timer
LT1893 Phototransistor
Supplementary pin-outs and circuits


Extra Credit

Extra Credit Guidelines

Extra Credit A -- Chebyshev Filter (the 1st quarter of semester ends on the Friday before Quiz 2)
Extra Credit B -- Butterworth Filter (the 1st quarter of semester ends on the Friday before Quiz 2)
Extra Credit C -- Sine Wave Oscillator (the 2nd quarter of semester ends on the Friday before Quiz 3)
Extra Credit D -- Square Wave Generator (the 2nd quarter of semester ends on the Friday before Quiz 3)

Extra Credit - Standard Instruments {Analog Discovery} | Extra Credit - Standard Instruments {Mobile Studio} (this assignment is done as a team & can be done at any time before the last week of classes). (6 points)

Extra Credit - Light Sensor Circuit Simulation {Capture/PSpice} (due by the last scheduled class meeting)

Extra Credit - Exploring the Use of Voltmeters {Analog Discovery and Multimeters} (due by the last scheduled class meeting) (5 points)

Extra Credit - New Online Resources {no signatures required, submitted electronically} (due by the last scheduled class meeting) (2 points)


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