This is the schedule for Spring 2016. I will update it to reflect changes as they occur but they will be rare. This is likely to be very reliable. Now updated for after break.

Note that the "Pre class work" column lists the readings that should be completed before starting that lab. Though you will want to re-read the material after the lab, when it will make more sense, to help settle it into your heads.

BEWARE!!! I altered the chapter numbering in book 1 last year. I think that I have the new chapter numbers correct but it is vital to go by the chapter name rather than the number.

 Wk Day Pre class work In class work Wk1 1/20 W - Intro to the class. Preliminary ideas and the equipment. L-1 The Oscilloscope Wk1 1/22 F Basic Electric Theory. Chaps. 1, 2, &3. Charge, current, voltage, power. Simple components and simple circuits, V-I curves. L2-Ideas of current, voltage, and resistance-Ohm’s law, the voltage divider. Measuring resistance, using power supply, verifying Ohm’s law, using voltage divider. Wk2 1/25 M More theory. Chaps 4 & 5. Formal theory, multi-resistor systems. L3-A multi-resistor circuit. Solve problem in class. Build, and see that it all works out. Wk2 1/27 W Chap. 6. Time varying voltages and currents, phase, slope resistance. Computer chapter 1-Bit patterns, binary numbers, hex representations. L4-Time varying measurements--signal generator and oscilloscope. The voltage divider and time-varying voltages of different shapes. Wk2 1/29 F Computer chap. 2- Introduction to microcomputers Computer chap. 3 Introduction to CodeWarrior L5-Programming the TM4C123G I. Meeting Energia. A first program. Pretty lights! Wk3 2/1 M Chap 7. The capacitor. RC circuits driven by square waves and sine waves. Chap. 8 Filters. L6-The capacitor-high and low pass filters. Wk3 2/3 W Chap 9. Non-linear elements, V-I curves, the diode. Rectifier circuits. Computer Chap. 4 Basic C Programming L7-Diodes-V-I curve of signal and power diode, voltage divider with a diode, half-wave rectifier, ripple. Wk3 2/5 F Computer Chap. 5 A new chapter on the new system. Computer Chap. 6. Conditionals & Loops. L8-Programming the TM4C123G II. I am working on it. Definitely will include doing input. Wk4 2/8 M Chap 10. Power Supplies I Transformers, rectifier circuits-half-wave, full-wave, and bridge rectifiers, capacitive filtering. L9-Transformers-Step-down transformer, RMS and peak-peak voltage, half-wave and full-wave bridge rectifiers, filter capacitors, ripple, and the effects of load current Wk4 2/10 W Review PSpice sections in chapters 5, 7 and 8. L10-Learning PSpice. Simulating passive circuits in software. Wk4 2/12 F Computer Chap. 7 Digital I/O Computer Chap. 8 Variables in C L11-Programming the TM4C123G III. Do-it-yourself traffic lights. Wk5 2/15 M Chap 11. The FET-construction, operation, characteristics. What is an amplifier? What is a switch. L12-The FET-Characteristic curves, simple amplifier, basic switch. Wk5 2/17 W Chap 12. FET switches-power switching vs. logic switching. Switching speeds. CMOS switches, current draw of CMOS. L13-FET Switches-N&P channel switches, discrete CMOS switches, integrated CMOS switch. Wk5 2/19 F Computer Chap. 9 Useful subroutines. Chap 13. Digital Logic Theory. Basic logic gates. Combining logic gates to make more complicated functions. Sum-of-products and product-of-sums design. L14-More Digital IO: Interfacing 7-segment LEDs Wk6 2/22 M Chap 14. Combinatorial functions. Encoders, decoders, multiplexers, demultiplexers, arithmetic etc. L15-Logic gates-nand, nor, and not gates, simple combinatorial circuits, decoders and LED output. Wk6 2/24 W Chap 15-Programmable Logic L16- Programmable Logic Wk6 2/26 F Computer chap. 10 Serial communications. L18-serial communication-looking at serial signals, programming the SCI Wk7 2/29 M Chap 16 §§1-6. Sequential circuits. Feedback, flip-flops, memory, latches L17- Flip-flops & latches Wk7 3/2 W Chapter 16§§7-8. Ripple counters and a bestiary of available circuits. L19- Ripple counters Wk7 3/4 F L21-Pulse Width Modulation: Steps Towards a Robot. Wk8 3/7 M Chap 17. Counters and synchronous logic. How to design your own synchronous circuits. L20- Synchronous Counters I Wk8 3/9 W L22- Synchronous Counters II Wk8 3/11 F Chap. 19-Amplifiers A time to catch up Spring Break Wk9 3/28 M Chap. 20. Operational Amplifiers I -ideal op-amps, golden rules, basic circuits L24-Op-amp I-inverting amp, non-inverting amp, unity gain buffer Wk9 3/30 W Chap 21. Op-Amps II-real op amps. Characteristics of real op-amps and what to do about them. L25-Op-amp II-Op-amp bandwidth, input bias current, offset voltage Wk9 4/1 F L26-A Self-Contained Robot 1: Roll robots roll! Wk10 4/4 M L27-Op-Amps III-slew-rate limiting, using a faster op-amp. Wk10 4/6 W L28-Op-Amps IV-op-amp w/ power booster, build a simple audio amp Wk10 4/8 F L29-A Self-Contained Robot II: Free the robots--figure eights and wall detection Wk11 4/11 M Chap. 24-Power supplies II. Voltage and current regulated power supplies. Multi-component and 3-terminal solutions. L30-Voltage regulators-op-amp and pass transistor, (add current limit), three-terminal regulators Wk11 4/13 W Chapter 22. Positive Feedback: Comparators Op-amp comparator, Hysteresis, and commercial comparator chips. L31-Comparators. Op-amps with positive feedback, hysteresis, the LM311 comparator. Wk11 4/15 F Computer Chapter Analog to Digital Converter L32-Oscillators Wk12 4/18 M Chapter 23. Oscillators L33-digital-to-analogue - switches & resistors, logic control, R-2R ladder, digital ramp generator Wk12 4/20 W Chap. 25. Digital-to-analog L34-DAC interface to computer, ramp generator, sine generator Wk12 4/22 F Chap 26. Analog-to-digital L35-Analogue-to-digital—DAC, comparator, and TM4C123G, linear search Wk13 4/25 M L36-ADC block, interfacing Wk13 4/27 W L37-A Self-Contained Robot 3: Seeking the light Wk13 4/29 F Hope for new chapters on PWM and interrupts L38-A Self-Contained Robot 3—Interrupts, Timers, & PWM: How to walk and chew gum at the same time. Wk14 5/2 M Projects Wk14 5/4 W Projects Wk14 5/6 F Projects Wk15 5/9 M Projects Wk15 5/11 2 Projects Wk15 5/13 3 Final Projects due at 5pm!!!