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



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

Course Description
Hours of instruction; Exams and Grading
Online Resources


Online Classes:

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:  

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


Archive of previous assignments

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

[UD stripe]
[DPA stripe]

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

Last updated January 14, 1999.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1998.