ECSE 1010

Spring 2020 {First day of classes is Monday, January 13}

piazza | LMS | Schedule | Due Dates | Staff | Seminar | Class Days | Attendance | Other Courses

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

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

Schedule

Daily Schedule
With Links to Resources

Week Monday Thursday
1
1: Overview, Breadboards January 13
Guest Speaker: Dr. Shayla Sawyer, Metacognition Journal
2: Intro to Analog Discovery (AD) January 16
2
No Class: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 20
3: Resistors and Voltage Dividers January 23
Guest Speakers: Technical Clubs
3
4: Analysis Challenge, Real vs. Ideal Characteristics January 27
5: Quiz 1 January 30
4
6: Ladder Circuits, Nodes and Ground February 3
7: Matrix Formulation, Matlab Introduction, Nodal Analysis February 6
5
8: Multiple Sources (Superposition) February 10
Guest Speaker: Coop Experience
9: Constrained Design Problem - Linear Circuits February 13
6
10: Open Design Problem - Linear Circuits February 17 (Tuesday)
11: Quiz 2 February 20
7
12: Matrix Inverse February 24
13: Least Squares - Linear Fit (Voltage Dividers) February 27
8
14: Rectangular Matrices March 2
15: Design Problem March 5
Spring Break, March 9-13
9
16: RC Circuits March 16
17: Quiz 3 March 19
10
18: RLC Circuits March 23
19: Constrained Design Problem March 26
11
20: Open Design Problem March 30
21: Quiz 4 April 2
12
22: AC Steady State Circuits April 6
23: Power and Vectors April 9
13
24: Diodes April 13
25: Rectifiers April 16
14
26: Quiz 5 April 20
27: Summary Design Problems April 23
15
28: Blinking Lights April 27
Study Days, Thursday/Friday
16
Final Exam Week, May 4-8 (No Intro to ECSE final)

Metacognition Jouranls

Part of this course involves reflections on your experience with both the guest speakers and the course content. These reflections are described as Metacognition. Dr. Sawyer has provided information about keeping the Journals, posted on Piazza. For each guest speaker, each course unit (the material culminating in a quiz) and at the end of the course, you will submit your reflections to Gradescope. You will have one week following a speaker or end of the Unit (quiz) to submit your Journal. Maintaining your Journal is part of the course grade, as seen in the grade breakdown. You can find Journal examples at link

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 class day late (no penalty over weekends). The same due dates and penalties hold for projects, except for the final project, which is due on the last day of classes (not the last day we meet).

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 at 6am of the day indicated on the calendar and is to be completed by 11:59pm 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 during regular class time. They are designed to be finished in about one hour, but do not need to be handed in 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

Staff


Section 1 INSTRUCTOR TA TA UA UA
Name J. H. Braunstein Md. Ibrahim Alam Nazifa Rumman Gary Zhu Anthony Johnson
Office JEC 6020
Open Shop   4201 JEC 4201 JEC 4201 JEC 4201 JEC
Office Hours Monday/Thursday 10:00am-11:50am Thursday 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm Monday 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm
Email braunj4@rpi.edu alamm2@rpi.edu rumman@rpi.edu

Other Hours: Prof. Braunstein has an open office door policy (If his door is open, you can stop in.).

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
LITEC
LITEC
Circuits
LITEC
LITEC
4PM-5PM
Open
EI
Circuits
EI
5PM-6PM
Open
EI
Open
Open
EI
6PM-7PM
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
7PM-8PM
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
8PM-9PM
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
9PM-10PM

Grading Responsibilities

Name Experiments (Class #) Quizzes
Md. Ibrahim Alam
1,3,6,8,10,13,15,18,20,23,25
TBD
Nazifa Rumman
2,4,7,9,12,14,16,19,22,24,26
TBD
Jeffrey Braunstein
None
TBD

Seminar Speakers

Resources by Class Day

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

Because attendance counts for 5% of the course grade, there is a simple procedure for making up any missed classes during open shop times. Attend one of the TAs' open shop times or the instructors' office hours and complete the work missed during class. Some of the work can also be done at home, but you must attend at least an hour of open shop and obtain any required signatures from the TA or instructor and get the attendance Make-Up Form signed. Follow the instructions on the form below. Note that it requires all work be made up before the experiment or project due date. However, we will be a bit flexible on this requirement because this policy is new this semester. It is important to stay on schedule in this class.

For Website, Contact: braunj4 at rpi dot edu

 

because this policy is new this semester. It is important to stay on schedule in this class.

For Website, Contact: braunj4 at rpi dot edu