PHYS345 Electricity and Electronics


[ghw]  George Watson 
Sharp Lab 232
(302) 831-6677

Office Hours:
I will generally try to be available in my office on Monday 1:30-2:30, Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm and Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm; other times are possible by prior arrangement. Please contact me via e-mail to confirm that I will be available (especially for Wednesday evenings). I check my e-mail several times during the day and evening, so often a simple question can be answered without a visit. I am available to discuss course material, issues in science and engineering, and university life in general.

I am offering an informal problem-solving session on Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm in Sharp Lab 100. Please attend when convenient and bring specific questions...

Any questions? My Instructional Philosophy

Course Description:
Fundamentals of electricity and magnetism specific to dc and ac circuit analysis, transient circuit behavior, and rotating machinery. Fundamentals of analog and digital electronics, with emphasis on applications in engineering. Integrated circuits and operational amplifiers.

Course Objectives:
As a result of this course, I hope that you can better
Realize the importance of electricity and electronics in everyday life and value its benefit to society.
Access the fundamental physics available for dealing with engineering problems in the electrical domain.
Apply selected physical concepts important in designing and using electrical and electronic circuits.
Analyze and solve realistic problems, use mathematical techniques effectively in their solution, and reason accurately and objectively about the physical domain.
Translate verbal and graphical descriptions of physical systems into appropriate mathematical models.
Analyze and draw valid conclusions from experimentally obtained data.
Apply spreadsheet or modeling software to organize data, perform calculations, and display results graphically.
Communicate technical ideas effectively, both in writing and orally.

Competency Matrix

Fall'99 text: Principles and Applications of Electrical Engineering, 3rded., Rizzoni (McGraw Hill, 2000; ISBN 0-07-561832-X includes required CD-ROM; text alone 0-256-26116-4).
Textbook Website:

Fall'98 text: Electrical Engineering for All Engineers, 2nded., Roadstrum and Walaver (John Wiley, 1994; ISBN 0-471-51043-2). [Referred to as R&W throughout this website; you may find a copy to be a useful supplement.]

Grading Schedule:
Laboratory 25%
Projects, Quizzes, and Homework 15%
2 Midterm Exams 20% each  Oct. 28, Dec. 2
Final Exam 20% Dec. 10

Other Matters:
Any students with disabilities who seek accommodations in this course are encouraged to speak with the instructor to make appropriate arrangements. UD's Academic Services Center should also be consulted.

Throughout the semester, you are invited to leave anonymous suggestions/comments for the instructor via the online form at our suggestion box. When possible these notes will be posted to a follow-up area along with clarifying comments, as appropriate.

Rules and Responsibilities for students at UD includes good descriptions of what constitutes plagiarism, fabrication, cheating, and academic misconduct. I try to avoid academic improprieties and I encourage you to do the same. You should also adhere to the Policy for Responsible Computing.

Our classroom in Gore Hall
Our beautiful new classroon
in Gore Hall.

The approach of this course has been influenced by the Problem-Based Learning community at UD and the Institute for Tranforming Undergraduate Education, which promotes active learning and effective use of technology in the classroom. I would also like to acknowledge the financial support from the University of Delaware and the National Science Foundation (DUE 96-53663) for development of this course.

Last updated July 12, 2000.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1998.