This is a schedule for Spring 2013. I will update it to reflect changes as they occur. It is very accurate for the near future and becomes less reliable as you go further into the future. In particular the computer labs will be modified extensively as I work on incorporating the new computer hardware.
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Pre class work 
In class work 
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Intro to the class. Preliminary ideas and the equipment. L1 The Oscilloscope 
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Basic Electric Theory. Chaps. 1, 2, &3. 
L2Ideas of current, voltage, and resistanceOhm’s law, the voltage divider. Measuring resistance, using power supply, verifying Ohm’s law, using voltage divider. 
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More theory. Chaps 4 & 5. 
L3A multiresistor circuit. Solve problem in class. Build, and see that it all works out. 
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Chap. 6. Time varying voltages and currents, phase, slope resistance. Computer chapter 1Bit patterns, binary numbers, hex representations. 
L4Time varying measurementssignal generator and oscilloscope. The voltage divider and timevarying voltages of different shapes. 
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Chap 7. The capacitor. RC circuits driven by square waves and sine waves. Chap. 8 Filters.

L5The capacitorhigh and low pass filters. 
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Computer chap. 2 Computer chap. 3 
L6Programming the MC9S08 I. Meeting CodeWarrior. A first program. Fixing bugs and improving the program. 
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Chap 9. Nonlinear elements, VI curves, the diode. (Diode theory and construction.) Rectifier circuits. Computer Chap. 4 
L7DiodesVI curve of signal and power diode, voltage divider with a diode, halfwave rectifier, ripple. 
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Chap 10. Power Supplies I

L8TransformersStepdown transformer, RMS and peakpeak voltage, halfwave and fullwave bridge rectifiers, filter capacitors, ripple, and the effects of load current 
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Review PSpice sections in chapters 5, 7 and
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L9Talking to the 9S08.

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Computer Chap. 5 
L10Learning PSpice. Simulating passive circuits in software. 
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Chap 11. The FETconstruction, operation, characteristics. What is an amplifier? What is a switch. Computer Chap. 6. Conditionals & Loops. 
L11The FETCharacteristic curves, simple amplifier, basic switch. 
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Chap 12. FET switchespower switching vs. logic switching. Switching speeds. CMOS switches, current draw of CMOS. Computer Chap. 7 Digital I/O 
L12 Doityourself traffic lights. 
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Chap 13. Digital Logic Theory. 
L13FET SwitchesN&P channel switches, discrete CMOS switches, integrated CMOS switch. 
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Chap 14. Combinatorial functions. Encoders, decoders, multiplexers, demultiplexers, arithmetic etc. 
L14Logic gatesnand, nor, and not gates, simple combinatorial circuits, decoders and LED output. 
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Computer Chap. 9 
L15More Digital IO with the HC9S08 Interfacing 7segment LEDs 
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Chap 15Programmable Logic 
L16 Programmable Logic 
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Chap 16 §§16. Sequential circuits. Feedback, flipflops, memory, latches 
L17 Flipflops & latches 
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Computer chap. 10 
L18serial communicationlooking at serial signals, programming the SCI 
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Chapter 16§§78. Ripple counters and a bestiary of available circuits. 
L19 Ripple counters 
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Chap 17. Counters and synchronous logic. How to design your own synchronous circuits. 
L20 Synchronous Counters I 
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L21Pulse Width Modulation: Steps Towards a Robot. 
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L22 Synchronous Counters II 
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Chap. 19Amplifiers 
L23FET Amplifiers 


Spring Break 

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Chap. 21. Operational Amplifiers I ideal opamps, golden rules, basic circuits 
L25Opamp Iinverting amp, noninverting amp, unity gain buffer 
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Chap 22. OpAmps IIreal op amps. Characteristics of real opamps and what to do about them. 
L26Opamp IIOpamp bandwidth, input bias current, offset voltage 
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L27A SelfContained Robot 1: Roll robots roll! 
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L28OpAmps IIIslewrate limiting, using a faster opamp. 
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L29OpAmps IVopamp w/ power booster, build a simple audio amp 
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L30A SelfContained Robot II: Free the robotsfigure eights and wall detection 
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Chap. 27Power supplies II. Voltage and current regulated power supplies. Multicomponent and 3terminal solutions. 
L31Voltage regulatorsopamp and pass transistor, (add current limit), threeterminal regulators 
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Chapter 23. Positive Feedback: Comparators 
L32Comparators. Opamps with positive feedback, hysteresis, the LM311 comparator. 
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Chapter 25. Oscillators 
L33Oscillators 
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Chap. 28. Digitaltoanalog 
L34digitaltoanalogue  switches & resistors, logic control, R2R ladder, digital ramp generator 
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L35DAC interface to computer, ramp generator, sine generator 
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Chap 29. Analogtodigital 
L36Analoguetodigital—DAC, comparator, and 9S08, linear search 
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Computer Chapter MC9S08 Analog to Digital Converter 
L379S08 ADC block, interfacing 
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L38A SelfContained Robot 3: Seeking the light

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Hope for new chapters on timers and interrupts 
L39A SelfContained Robot 3—Interrupts, Timers, & PWM: How to walk and chew gum at the same time. 
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Projects 
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Projects 

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Projects 
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Projects 
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Projects 
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Final Projects due at 5pm!!! 