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Silicon, Circuits, and the Digital Revolution

SCEN103 Science Concepts behind High Technology

Winter 1998 (coming again in Spring 1999!)
George Watson
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy


 

Syllabus:

Classes, Lessons and Slide Shows
Announcements
Assignments and Group Exercises
Groups and Group Projects

Course Description
Hours of instruction; Exams and Grading
Online Resources
 

 

Online Classes:

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1/5 Introduction to Course
Simple Electrical Circuits
Ohm's Law
1/7 Parallel and Series Circuits
Tell me more about Batteries!
Simple Circuit Analysis
1/12 Resistivity and Play-Doh
Battery Testers
ac and Household Wiring
1/14 Electrical Safety
Intro. to Atomic Physics
Being Digital: Counting
1/21 Excited States and Quantum Leaps
Intro. to Electronic Structure
Intro. to Electonic Band Structure
1/26 Midterm Exam
1/28 Intro. to Semiconductor Physics
More Semiconductor Physics - Doping
Building a Transistor
2/2 Intro. to MOS Transistors
Intro. to CMOS
Intro. to Digital Logic
2/4 Sound and its Digitization
The Compact Disk
2/5 Final Exam 3:30-5:00pm

 

Online Lessons:

How does a photocopier work?
How does a compact disk work?
What can you tell me about microwave ovens?
How does my telephone work?
 
 

Slide Shows:

House Wiring, progression of circuit loading
Xerography, photoconductivity and photocopying
Lithography, stages of diffusion doping
 
 

Online Resources:  

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HTML Help Page
Scientific Reference Tables
Science and Technology Quotations
Online Newspapers
Electric Power Companies
Find It! -- addresses, homepages, and phone numbers

Internet Search Tools:
Excite - Alta Vista - HotBot - Magellan - WebCrawler
Yahoo! - OpenText - Lycos - Infoseek (ultra) - W3
Search UD's central web server
SCEN103 Site Search Engine
 

Assignments: 

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Archive of previous assignments

Visit some diversions and distractions related to technology when time permits.

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Comments, suggestions, or requests to ghw@udel.edu.

"http://www.physics.udel.edu/~watson/scen103/"
Last updated January 14, 1999.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1998.