Credits: 3


Prerequisite: PHYS271 and PHYS270.
Modern instrumentation. Basic circuit design, standard microelectronic circuits. Digital data acquisition and control. Signal conditioning. Instrumentation interfacing. Designing and testing of analog circuits. Laboratory experiments.

Semesters Offered

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024, Spring 2024

Learning Objectives

In this course the student will develop and/or refine the following areas of knowledge:

  • Design and use electronic systems to measure, detect or monitor mechanical systems
  • Assemble off-the-shelf circuits into electronic systems for a specific task
  • Design and build simple electronic circuits to facilitate the use of off-the-shelf instruments
  • Communicate with electronic engineers in the same technical team
  • Mathematical descriptions of electronic systems
  • Analysis in time and frequency domains


Topics Covered

  • Introduction and language of electronics
  • Circuit laws
  • Analysis of resistor circuits
  • First order circuits
  • Second order circuits
  • Sinusoidal sources and phasors
  • Complex impedances
  • Diodes
    • FET and BJT Transistors
    • Operational amplifiers and amplifier circuits
    • Filters, transfer functions, and Bode plots
    • Transformers


Learning Outcomes

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Additional Course Information


Electrical Engineering, Principles and Applications, by Allan R. Hambley, Fifth Edition, 20011. 

Or any previous edition.

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • Two lectures of 50 minutes and one lab of 110 minutes each week