ECSE 1010

Spring 2019 {First day of classes is Thursday, 10 January}

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
1: Overview & Survey January 10
2
2: Instruments & Protoboards January 14
3: Intro to Analog Discovery (AD) January 17
3
No Class: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21
4: Intro to Ideal vs Real Circuit Models January 24
4
5: Intro to Energy Storage Elements January 28
6: Charging Capacitors & PWM January 31
5
7: Capacitive & Inductive Circuits: Filters & Energy Revisited February 4
8: Diodes Pt I February 7
6
9: Diodes Pt II & Review February 11
10: Catch Up & Review February 14
7
11: (Tues) Quiz I February 19
12: Exponential Function February 21
8
13: Phase February 25
14: Phasors February 28
Spring Break, March 4-8
9
15: Our First Intro to Matlab March 11
16: Matlab and Data March 14
10
17: Projects March 18
18: Transistors March 21
11
19: Catch Up & Review March 25
20: Quiz II March 28
12
21: Amps & Transformers April 1
22: Building Transformer April 4
13
23: Digital Intro April 8
24: Digital Electronics and Software Pt I April 11
14
25: Digital Electronics and Software Pt II April 15
26: Quiz III April 18
15
27: Project April 22
28: Project April 25
17
Finals
Finals

Due Dates

Experiments are due two class days after they are assigned. The assignment class # is included in the title of each experiment. Experiments turned in late will receive the following penalties: 10% per class day late (no penalty over weekends). 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 at 6am of the day indicated on the calendar and is to be completed by 11:59pm of the next class day. It is always possible to attempt Problem Sets more than once. Any attempts completed by the due date & time will receive full credit. For example, PS#5 is to be completed (for full credit) by the 11:59pm on the day of Class #6. Problem sets completed after the due date receive half credit. Late problem sets will be available for two more class days, ie. three class days after the original assignment.

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 attempt at answering all Part A questions must be completed before the scheduled quiz class day. If an attempt is not made, a 5 point penalty on the LMS score will be applied. The purpose of this online quiz component is to prepare students for the more difficult in-class questions.

Laboratory report submission: We will be using Gradescope for lab report submission, grading, and feedback. Tips for gradescope

Staff


Section 1 INSTRUCTOR TA UA
Name J. H. Braunstein Yuan Liu Brian Lee
Office JEC 6020
Open Shop   4201 JEC 4201 JEC
Office Hours Monday/Thursday 10am-Noon Wednesday/Thursday 6pm-8pm Monday/Tuesday 6pm-9pm
Email braunj4@rpi.edu liuy33@rpi.edu leeb10@rpi.edu

Other Hours: Prof. Braunstein has an open office door policy (If his door is open, you can stop in.).

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 green Open. Yellow  Open 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
Yuan Liu
All
All
None
Jeffrey Braunstein
None
None
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 5% 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: braunj4 at rpi dot edu