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.
Pre-requisites: Physics 1021 or 1051 and Mathematics 1000
- Dr. R. Patro,
Office: AS 3011
Phone: 639 - 2596
E-Mail: rpatro at grenfell dot
mun dot ca
Principles of Electronic Instrumentation,
(3rd Ed.), by James Diefenderfer
and Brian Holton
Marking Scheme TBA
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 the final examination.
|Lab-based final exam
- 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
- Capacitors and Inductors
- Capacitance, capacitors in series and
parallel, inductance, RC and RL circuits, signal differentiation
- Alternating Current Circuits
- The sine wave and its properties, reactance,
impedance and phasors, AC analysis of RC circuits, transformers,
- 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
p-n 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 collector-emitter follower, the
- Operational Amplifiers
- Voltage follower, non and inverting
amplifiers, difference amplifiers, mathematical functions:
summation, differentiation and integration, current amplifiers
- 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
- Digital Circuitry
- Flip-flops, 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, digital-to-analog converters (DAC) and
analog-to-digital converters (ADC), commercial data acquisition