PHYS345 Electricity and Electronics


Each Thursday there will a quiz at the end of class. Each quiz will be graded and returned during the following week's laboratory session. Solutions will be posted the weekend following each quiz. The purpose of our quizzes is to encourage you to keep up with the homework assignments and to permit us to evaluate your progress regularly.

Concept Checks will be an important part of each class. Typically two or three physical situations will be compared and a simple question posed regarding their relative behavior. You will be given a minute or so to think quietly about the question, followed by another minute or so to discuss the question with a neighboring student, where you attempt to work out an answer in consensus. I then ask for a show of hands for each possible answer so that I may determine if you understand the concept well enough to continue.

The general topic for consideration in each class is listed along with the recommended pre-class reading and post-class exercises. Ch. 6.1-6.3 means Chapter 6, Sections 1 through 3 from Roadstrum and Wolaver's second edition of Electrical Engineering for All Engineers. 6: P11, P16, E8 means problems P11, P16, and E8 from Chapter 6. Homework assignments for a given class may change up to the time that the class is held. Please check the assignments page for the latest assignment.

9/1   9/3
Introduction   Simple Circuits
Ch. 1   Ch. 2.1-2.7
Website orientation:
PHYS345, PHYS208, SCEN103
  P2.4, P2.7, P2.14, E2.6
9/8   9/10
Multiloop Circuits   Mesh and Nodal Analysis
Ch. 2.8-2.11   Ch. 3.1-3.2
lab prep, E2.7, S2.1, S2.2   D3.1, D3.2, D3.7, D3.8
9/15   9/17
Thevenin and Norton   ac Circuits
Ch. 3.3-3.5, 3.11   Ch. 4.1-4.7
D3.3, D3.4, D3.9, D3.10   P3.2, E3.6, E3.12
9/22   9/24
Phasor Analysis   Capacitors and Inductors
App. B, Ch. 4.8, 4.10   Ch. 6.1-6.3
D4.11a, D4.11b, P4.4, P4.5   P4.8, P4.16
9/29   10/1
Frequency Dependence of ac Circuits   ac Power
Ch. 6.4, 6.5   Ch. 4.11, 5.1-5.2
P6.11, P6.12, P6.13   P5.5
10/6   10/8
Electrical Safety   Midterm Exam
Ch. 21.1-21.8   Ch. 1 - 6
10/13   10/15
Transients in Circuits   Analog Signals and Amplifiers
Ch. 7.1-7.3   Ch. 8.1-8.5
D7.12, P7.6   D8.16, P8.2, P8.3, P8.9
10/20   10/22
Instrumentation and Transmission Lines   Digital Signals
Ch. 8.6-8.9   Ch. 9.1-9.4
P8.17, P8.19, E8.1, E8.2   D9.3, D9.4, D9.5, D9.10, P9.2, P9.3
10/27   10/29
Combinational Logic   Karnaugh Mapping
Ch. 9.5   Ch. 9.5 (contd.)
S9.1, S9.2, D9.15, P9.5, P9.10   S9.3, D9.20, S9.4, P9.18
11/3   11/5
No class   Sequential Logic
Election Day   Ch. 9.6-9.8
    P9.13, P9.15, P9.22
11/10   11/12
State Machines,
Logic Families
  Transistors as Switches
Ch. 13   15.9, 16.11
P9.21   P16.14, P16.15
11/17   11/19
Op Amps   Op Amp Filters
14.1-14.4   14.5-14.8
S14.1, P14.1, P14.2, P14.3   P14.5, P14.6, P14.9, P14.10
11/24   11/26
Midterm Exam   No class
Ch. 7, 8, 9   Thanksgiving
12/1   12/3
Plant Power Systems,
Ch. 17, 18:   Ch. 19:
17:   19:
12/8   12/17
Rotating Machinery   Final Exam
Ch. 20:   1:00-3:00pm

My class approach is modeled after the Peer Instruction and ConcepTest approach developed by Eric Mazur. Additional information can be found at Project Galileo.

Last updated Dec. 17, 1998.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1998.