PC/CP300 Electronics Lab II

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Teaching Evaluation Results
Course: PC300ATerranceSturtevantFall2014
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10students were registered in the course.
Summary of scale results are percentages.
1This course contributed to my learning.
2The content of this course is consistent with the course outline and calendar description.
3The instructor is well prepared for each class meeting.
4The instructor gives clear explanations.
5The instructor stimulates my interest in the subject matter of the course.
6The instructor assists students in dealing with course material and concepts.
7The instructor speaks clearly and audibly.
8The instructor gives a clear idea of the requirements in this course.
9The instructor displays an interest in and concern for students.

This is the Physics/Computing 300 Lab page, prepared by Terry Sturtevant .
Page last updated Friday November 13, 2015
**Items marked this way are not final.**


Evaluation Methods

Course Material

Week of ... Lab / Lecture Reference Material
[white background indicates required reading;
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Sept. 7
  1. About this course [HTML]
  2. Course Introduction: What's the purpose of PC/CP300? [PDF]   [ August 27, 2014 ]
  3. Data Acquisition and Control Systems [GIF]
  4. Operational Amplifier Basics [PDF]   [ September 3, 2014 ]

    Rails of an operational amplifier [video]
    op amp rails
  5. Operational Amplifier Circuits [PDF]   [ September 4, 2014 ]
  6. Neat animations of op amp circuits

Analog computers [video]
analog computers

  Lab bench setup in N2082 [video]
lab bench setup in N2082

Dual DC supplies [video]
dual DC supplies

Four bus breadboards [video]
four bus breadboards
Op Amps for Everyone: Design Reference
[PDF 464pp; Ron Mancini,Texas Instruments, Aug. 2002]
Resistors [from PC200]
Resistor colour code: 4, 5, 6 band
[JPG; T. May, University of Colorado]
Text: Appendix A Op amp Basics

Op amp tutorial [video]
op amp tutorial

Op amps compared (including open collector) [video]
op amps compared (including open collector)

Sept. 14
  1. Operational Amplifier Dynamic Response [PDF]   [ September 4, 2014 ]
  2. Sketching amplifier output [PDF]   [ September 17, 2013 ]
  3. Negative Feedback in Operational Amplifiers [PDF]   [ July 29, 2013 ]
  4. 5 minute quiz [opamp - sample]

Understanding and Interpreting Standard-Logic Data Sheets
[PDF 68pp, S. M. Nolan and J. M. Soltero, Texas Instruments, May 2003]
Low pass filter operation [video]
low pass filter operation

Sept. 21
  1. Go over previous quiz
  2. Inductive Output Transducers [PDF]   [ June 9, 2014 ]

    Induced EMF demo from MIT [video]
    induced EMF demo from MIT

    Induced EMF in a motor [video]
    induced EMF in a motor

    What is a solenoid valve? [video]
    solenoid valve

    How do servos work? [video]
    how servos work

  3. 5 minute quiz [op amps]

Applications: Starter Motor [V. Samarin, 2005]

Text: Ch 6 Solenoids, Relays, and Other Analog Outputs
Text: Ch 7 Motors
Solenoid Catalog [ © 1999, 2000 Magnetic Sensor Systems ]


Stepper, servo, DC motor control [video]
stepper, servo, DC motor control

Sept. 28
  1. Go over previous quiz
  2. Resistive Sensors and Signal Conditioning [PDF]   [ April 23, 2012 ]
  3. Wheatstone bridge animation

  4. 5 minute quiz [opamp and/or inductive transducer - sample ]

electricity humour
Application: Medical Sensor [National Semiconductor, 2005]

  Sensors and Signal Conditioning Overview  [ December 19, 2011 ]
Text: Ch 3 Sensors
- read the resistive sensor sections: (1) Thermistors, (2) RTDs, (3) Strain Gauges; note the use of voltage-dividers, Wheatstone bridges and op-amps

Oct. 5
  1. Go over previous quiz
  2. Controlling Output Transducers [PDF]   [ October 19, 2012 ]
  3. Optical Isolation [PDF]   [ October 9, 2015 ]
  4. 5 minute quiz [resistive sensor and/or zener diode - sample]


Optoisolator simulation [video]
optoisolator simulation

Text: Ch 11 Analog Toolbox - AC Control section (only in 2nd edition)
SSRs Technical Information [PDF 8pp; © Copyright Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.]
Solid State Relays [PDF 5pp; Vishay, 2001]
Text: Ch 3 Sensors - Optical Isolators

Analog Optical Isolators VACTROLS® [©1998-2004. PerkinElmer, Inc.]


Oct. 12 READING WEEK - No labs or lecture

Oct. 19
  1. Go over previous quiz
  2. Signal Conditioning [PDF]   [ October 9, 2012 ]
  3. Review: Reading data sheets   [ October 18, 2011 ]
  4. 5 minute quiz

Application: US Patent 4245309
Microprocessor based control circuit for washing appliances with diagnostic system

Text: Ch 6 Solenoids, Relays, and Other Analog Outputs - relays, optoisolators, analog switches
Text: Ch 3 Sensors - Optical Isolators
Text: Ch 11 Analog Toolbox - MOSFETs

MOSFET tutorial [video]
MOSFET tutorial

Transistor as a switch [video]
transistor as a switch

Oct. 26
Lecture :
  1. Go over previous quiz
  2. Other Sensors [PDF]   [ November 1, 2011 ]
  3. Project Introduction [PDF]   [ October 30, 2014 ]
  4. Project components - voltage regulators

    voltage regulators

Applications: Blood Analyzer, Slot Machine [National Semiconductor, 2005]


A/D converter simulation [video]
A/D converter simulation

Ch 2 Digital-to-Analog Converters, 1st ed
Ch 2 Analog-to-Digital Converters, 2nd ed
- only the title has been changed; content is essentially the same
ADC and DAC Glossary [HTML; PDF] [Dallas Semiconductor, 2000]

Nov. 2
  1. Go over previous quiz
  2. Analog and Digital Grounds and Decoupling Capacitors [PDF]   [ October 25, 2011 ]
  3. Analog to Digital and Digital to Analog Conversion [PDF]   [ October 30, 2012 ]

    A/D converter demonstration [video]
    A/D converter demonstration

  4. Identify decoupling capacitors in circuits
  5. 5 minute quiz



Text: Chapter 3 Sensors - remainder of chapter.
Text: Chapter 4 Time-Based Measurements

Nov. 9
Lecture: - project lab time -
Text: Chapter 8 EMI
Basic Circuits - Bypass Capacitors [K. Ross, Seattle Robotics Society, 1997]
Circuit Integrity - Bypassing [© 2002 Williamson Labs]
Circuit Integrity - Decoupling [© 2001 Williamson Labs]
Friday Nov. 13 by 11:30 a.m. Deliverable: Preliminary version of Design Specification, Block Diagram, and Schedule submitted as hard copy (one per group). Submission should be written up formally; copying rough work from lab notebook not sufficient. Component Inventory
Servo Operation and Calibration
LM7805 Voltage regulator
LM7805 Voltage regulator datasheet (includes TAB package)

Nov. 16
Lecture: - project lab time -
  • Project: Demonstrate one sub-task
  • suggest that you get the motor control working first
Text: Chapter 5 Output Control Methods

Nov. 23
Lecture: - project lab time -
  • Project: Demonstrate two sub-tasks together

Nov. 30
Lecture: - project lab time
Course evaluation

  • Demonstrate all three sub-tasks together

Dec. 7
  project demonstration in lab -- Dec. 8
Deliverable: Demonstrate project prototype
Wednesday Dec. 9 by 4:30pm Deliverable: Project Documentation
(zip and email to course instructor)



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