ECSE 1010

Fall 2021 {First day of classes is Monday August 30th}

Syllabus | Piazza | Gradescope | LMS | Schedule | Due Dates | Staff | Class Days | Attendance | Other Courses

Software | Analog Discovery | SPICE | Excel | Matlab | Voltage Divider

Tools | Misc | Quizzes | Vocabulary | Amplitude | Demos | Grading | Parts

Schedule

Daily Schedule
With Links to Resources

Week Monday Thursday
1
1: Overview and Introduction August 30
2: Circuit Analysis Techniques September 2
2
3: Voltage Divider, Installation Day September 7 (Mon. schedule)
4: DC Measurements using M1K Board and ALICE Voltmeter September 9
3
5: Current-Voltage Characteristics of a Resistor September 13
6: Resistor Combinations and Voltage Dividers September 16
4
7: Analysis Challenge, Real vs. Ideal Characteristics September 20
8: Quiz 1 September 23
5
9: Nodal Voltages, LTspice simulation September 27
10: Nodal Analysis and Matrix Solutions September 30
6
11: Multiple Sources (Superposition) October 4
12: Constrained Design Problem - Linear Circuits October 7
7
Columbus Day. No Classes. October 11
13: Open Design Problem - Linear Circuits October 14
8
14: Quiz 2 October 18
15: Matrix Inverse October 21
9
16: Least Squares - Linear Fit (Voltage Dividers) October 25
17: Rectangular Matrices October 28
10
18: Design Problem November 1
19: RC Circuits November 4
11
20: RLC CircuitsNovember 8
21: Quiz 3 November 11
12
22: Transient Simulations and Voltage Follower Circuits November 15
23: Design of Transient Circuits November 18
13
24: AC Steady State Signals November 22
Thanksgiving Break. No Classes (11/24 to 11/28)
14
25: Power in DC and AC Circuits November 29
26: Diodes December 2
15
27: Course Summary and Quiz 4 Review December 6
28: Quiz 4 December 9

Due Dates

Experiments are due two class days after they are assigned. The assignment class # is included in the title of each experiment. Experiments turned in late will receive the following penalties: 10% per day late (no penalty over weekends).

There is a Problem Set associated with most class days (except for quizzes). The Problem Set # (i.e. PS #) corresponds to the Class # for the material addressed. Problem Sets are released before 12 noon eastern of the day indicated on the calendar and is to be completed by 11:59pm eastern of the next class day. It is always possible to attempt Problem Sets more than once. Any attempts completed by the due date & time will receive full credit. For example, PS#5 is to be completed (for full credit) by the 11:59pm on the day of Class #6. Problem sets completed after the due date receive half credit. Late problem sets will be available for two more class days, ie. three class days after the original assignment.

Quizzes will be given on quiz days (read syllabus) during regular class time. They are designed to be finished in about one hour, but do not need to be uploaded to Gradecsope until the end of the entire 1 hour and 50 minute class. If you require adjustments for learning disabilities, letters from the Dean are to be submitted at the beginning of the semester.

Laboratory report submission: We will be using Gradescope for lab report submission, grading, and feedback. Tips for gradescope

All times mentioned here are based on Eastern Time Zone (local time of Troy, NY)

Staff


Section 1 INSTRUCTOR TA TA UGSA UGSA UGSA
Name Dr. Mahmood A. Hameed Md Ibrahim Ibne Alam (IA) Chenyi Kuang (CK) Qinghua Gu (QG) Boren Ke (BK) Kevin Yang (KY)
Office JEC 7006 or WebEx Room
Open Shop   JEC 4201 JEC 4201   JEC 4201 JEC 4201
Office Hours Wed. 9-11 am Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm Thursday 6:00-8:00pm   Sunday 3:00-7:00pm Monday 6:00-8:00pm
Email hameem2@rpi.edu alamm2@rpi.edu kuangc2@rpi.edu guq3@rpi.edu keb@rpi.edu yangk9@rpi.edu
WebEx Room WebEx Link - MH          

Section 2 INSTRUCTOR TA TA UGSA UGSA UGSA
Name Prof. Shayla Sawyer Md Ibrahim Ibne Alam (IA) Sombuddha Chatterji (SC) David Fuentes Benitez (DB) Boren Ke (BK) Kevin Yang (KY)
Office use WebEx Room
Open Shop   JEC 4201 JEC 4201 JEC 4201 JEC 4201
Office Hours Tue. 12-2 pm Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm Sunday 3:00-7:00pm Monday 6:00-8:00pm
Email sawyes@rpi.edu alamm2@rpi.edu chatts4@rpi.edu fuentd@rpi.edu keb@rpi.edu yangk9@rpi.edu
WebEx Room WebEx Link - SS

Open shop hours are shared with other courses in the Core Studio classroom, JEC-4201. Specific times for ECSE 1010 TAs are posted in the table below in green Open. Yellow  Open indicates open shop without an assigned ECSE 1010 TA. Please note that TA office hours are held during their open shop sessions. Open shop is automatically cancelled the weekend before a Monday Holiday and after a Friday Holiday. For Sunday open shop, the handicap entrance on the 3rd floor of JEC should be open.

OPEN SHOP HOURS BEGIN after First Week.
Schedule for JEC-4201

 
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
8AM-9AM
EI
EI
9AM-10AM
EI
EI
10AM-11AM
LITEC
LITEC
Circuits
LITEC
LITEC
11AM-12PM
LITEC
LITEC
Circuits
LITEC
LITEC
12PM-1PM
LITEC
LITEC
Circuits
LITEC
LITEC
1PM-2PM
LITEC
LITEC
LITEC
LITEC
2PM-3PM
LITEC
LITEC
Circuits
LITEC
LITEC
3PM-4PM
Open (BK)
LITEC
LITEC
Circuits
LITEC
LITEC
4PM-5PM
Open (BK)
EI
Circuits
EI
5PM-6PM
Open (BK)
EI
Open
Open
EI
6PM-7PM
Open (BK)
Open (KY)
Open (SC)
Open (IA)
Open (CK)
7PM-8PM
Open
Open (KY)
Open (SC)
Open (IA)
Open (CK)
8PM-9PM
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
9PM-10PM

Grading Responsibilities

Name Experiments (Class #) Quizzes
Md Ibrahim Ibne Alam
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19
TBD
Chenyi Kuang
2, 6, 10, 14, 18
TBD
Sombuddha Chatterji
4, 8, 12, 16, 20
TBD

Resources by Class Day

  • Class 13: Open Circuit Design
  • Class 14: Quiz 2
  • Class 15:
  • Class 16: Linear Approximations
  • HKN Course Scheduling Workshop
    HKN is holding a course scheduling workshop next week that all the ECSE 1010 students are welcome to attend, details:
  • Date/Time: Monday Nov 1st 7-8 pm
  • Location: Union 3602 (upstairs)
  • RSVP

  • ECSE Honor Society (HKN) + ECSE 1010 Free Tutoring Session (Quiz 3)
    The ECSE Honor Society (Eta Kappa Nu) is holding a free tutoring session for ECSE 1010 Students. Please RSVP as space is limited!
  • Date/Time: Sunday Nov 7th from 2-4pm
  • Location: JEC 3210 (main room)/ JEC 3207 (overflow room)
  • RSVP

  • Lab17-1010_Statistical_Analysis_Sec1
  • Class 17: Statistical Analysis
  • Class 18: Design Experiment
  • Class 19: RC transients
  • Class 20: Introduction to Second Order Circuits
  • Class 21: Quiz 3
  • Class 22: Transient Simulations and Voltage Follower Circuits
  • Class 23: Design of Transient Circuits
  • Class 24: AC Steady State Signals
  • Class 25: Power in DC and AC circuits
  • Class 26: Diodes
  • Class 28: Quiz 4
  • Other Intro to EE/ECE Courses

    The first course for EE, CpE, CSE ... students is usually taught in the first year but often can be found in the second year. Thus, pay close attention to pre-requisites.

    Software Downloads

    Software tools play a critical role in this course. The following will give you access to Waveforms, LTspice IV and Matlab.

    Analog Discovery Information

    This course is based on the use of personal instrumentation. The device of choice is the Analog Discovery from Digilent. It provides all the functionality of a typical electronics laboratory.

    SPICE Information

    Essentially all numerical circuit simulations done by electrical and computer engineers use some version of SPICE. The particular version we use in this course is LTspice IV.

    Matlab Information

    Matlab (MATrix LABoratory) is one of the most powerful tools engineers use for numerical analysis.

    Excel Information

    The Voltage Divider

    The Voltage Divider (Investigating the Voltage Divider both as a Practical Circuit and a Gateway to Most Concepts in EI)

    1. Part 1: What is a divider and how does it work if we build one?
    2. Part 1.1: Measuring input and output voltages to fully characterize the operation of a circuit, with and without a load.
    3. Part 2: Deriving the formula for an unloaded and a loaded divider
    4. Part 3: Building and testing a loaded voltage divider. Both noise and loading of the divider by an oscilloscope become significant issues.
    5. Part 4: Studying voltage dividers constructed with combinations of resistors, inductors and capacitors that function as filters. Some additional general properties of dividers are also identified.
    6. Part 5: The use of voltage dividers for measuring internal resistances of sources and loads such as battery resistance and the input resistance of measurement devices like voltmeters and scopes. Also for determining the resistance of resistive sensors like photocells, strain gauges and force sensors.
    7. Part 6: The role of voltage dividers in the operation of transformers.
    8. Part 6.1 Designing circuits by functional blocks.
    9. Part 7: Deriving the transfer functions for inverting and non-inverting op-amp amplifiers using what we know about voltage dividers. Also, voltage dividers where neither end is at zero Volts -- a generalization useful for non-inverting op-amps and Schmitt Triggers.
    10. Part 8: Configuring two voltage dividers into a Wheatstone Bridge circuit. Other uses of dividers as voltage references.
    11. Part 9: How does SPICE work? The material in this video is not required for EI but is useful for anyone who wishes to understand circuit analysis a little more deeply.
    12. Part 10: Transistor and relay switches. The Schmitt Trigger.
    13. Part 11: Digital Logic Circuits & the 555 Timer
    14. Part 12: Diode Rectifiers - Dividing voltage between diodes and resistors.
    15. Part 13: Powering LEDs - Dividing voltage between an LED and a current-limiting resistor.
    16. Part ?: Making high voltage measurements.
    17. Part ?: Oscilloscope Probes
    18. Part ?: Other

    Calculators and Other Tools

    There is an almost unlimited number of calculators and tools online to make our job easier. However, be sure that you always know how to do the calculations yourself because you will learn less if you rely on them too much. Treat them as great references and as a very easy way to check your results. You will not be able to use them on tests.

    Amplitude Information

    Demos

    Misc. Links Including Tutorials

    Quizzes

    Grading

    Attendance and Participation

  • It is important to stay on schedule in this class. You and your partner work together on experiments.
  • Even though we will not be taking any formal attendance this semester, we will be monitoring if you are coming to class (in-person), or are working with your partner on WebEx and getting help as needed from the teaching staff (remote).

  • Participation grade will depend on your interactions with the professor and teaching staff. It is based on the following criteria:

  • Your instructor will assess your general performance in terms of how much you contributed to the work your group was doing during class time.
  • Your TA's will assess your general performance in terms of how much you contributed to the work your group was doing during class time.
  • Periodically, you will be asked questions by the staff which we use to judge how well you understand what is going on. These questions fall into four categories: circuits (Do you know how to wire and debug a circuit using the diagram?), equipment (Can you correctly hook the circuit to the equipment?), theory (Do you understand the theory that was taught in the lecture?) and software (Can you effectively use the computer tools we use in the experiments?).
  • Examples of contributions to the work your group does include: (1) Preparation for class; (2) Interesting questions raised in class and on piazza; (3) Creative approaches to completing assigned work; (4) Effectively getting help when needed; (5) Clear demonstration of improved understanding of concepts; (6) Feedback on course materials that were particularly helpful; (7) Providing answers to questions on piazza; (8) Identifying errors or points of confusion in course materials, including homework; etc. From this list, you can see that participation is just being engaged in the course, helping your partner and other students learn and the TAs and instructor do their job better.
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