This
course will be offered in Winter Term 2014.
The basics of analog and digital electronics: direct current
circuits, capacitors and inductors, alternating currents, test equipment and
measurement, transducers, diodes and transistors, an introduction to operational
amplifiers, digital basics, digital circuitry, and digital and analog I/O.
This course will be taught in combined lab/lecture
format during two  three hour periods in the Senior Physics Lab, AS
3034.
While not required for the degree, this course is an
excellent elective for a Physics major or minor. It would also be
of interest to anyone who will be using instrumentation in their work.
Prerequisites: Physics 1021 or 1051 and Mathematics 1000
or equivalent.
Instructor:
 Dr. R. Patro,
Assistant
Professor
Office: AS 3011
Phone: 639  2596
EMail: rpatro at grenfell dot
mun dot ca


Text:

Principles of Electronic Instrumentation,
(3rd Ed.), by James Diefenderfer
and Brian Holton

Marking Scheme: Winter 2014
Laboratory work is a crucial component of this course and
all students are required to attend all the labs.
A failure to complete all the laboratory requirements will result in the
inability to pass.
Laboratory work 
30 % 
Test dates: 
Project 
15 % 
Friday, January 31 
Assignments 
10 % 
Friday, February 28 
Tests (3) 
45 % 
Friday, March 28 
Total = 
100 % 
Project due date: 


"Wednesday, April 2 

Course Outline: Winter 2014
 Direct Currents
 Ohm's law, power, types of resistors,
Kirchhoff's equations, voltage dividers, potentiometers and
current dividers, Thevenin's and Norton's equivalent circuit
theorems.
 Capacitors and Inductors
 Capacitance, capacitors in series and
parallel, inductance, RC and RL circuits, signal differentiation
and integration.
 Alternating Current Circuits
 The sine wave and its properties, reactance,
impedance and phasors, AC analysis of RC circuits, transformers,
transmission lines.
 Test Equipment and Measurement
 Analog meters, input impedance, digital
meters, AC measurements, the oscilloscope, signal generator,
Wheatstone bridge, high voltage measurements.
 Diodes and Transistors
 The physical model for semiconductors, the
pn junction, diode action, rectification and single voltage
power supplies, voltage multipliers, Zener diodes, clipper and
clamp diodes, the bipolar junction transistor, the common
emitter amplifier, common collectoremitter follower, the
transistor switch.
 Operational Amplifiers
 Voltage follower, non and inverting
amplifiers, difference amplifiers, mathematical functions:
summation, differentiation and integration, current amplifiers
and filters.
 Transducers
 Types of transducers: temperature, light
intensity, pH and conductivity, force, position, pressure,
vacuum and sound, humidity, magnetic field, particle detectors.
 Digital Basics
 Gates, Boolean algebra, numbering systems and
codes.
 Digital Circuitry
 Flipflops, digital readouts, counters and
registers, mechanical switches and logic circuits.
 Digital and Analog I/O
 Parallel data transmission, peripheral
interface adapter programming examples, serial data
transmission, digitaltoanalog converters (DAC) and
analogtodigital converters (ADC), commercial data acquisition
systems.
