Physics  327         Electronics          Spring Semester 2006            Syllabus

Instructor:  Dr. Brian M. Davies
Instructor's office:  Currens 532 (top floor, NW corner)
Phone:  309-298-1307             Office Hours:  MWF 11:00 a.m.noon and MW 2:003:00 p.m. 

Instructor's e-mail address:  BM-Davies at

Instructor’s web site:

Required textbook:  "Principles of Electronic Instrumentation", by Diefenderfer and Holton, 3rd edition. 

Class Schedule: 
Lecture:  Mon. and Wed. 1:00 – 1:50 p.m., Room:  Currens 336
Laboratory:  Fri. 1:00 – 2:50 p.m., Room:  Currens 506

Course Objective:  To introduce the student to basic principles in electronics.  Topics mentioned in the catalog description include:  electronic measurement fundamentals, passive circuit elements, analog electronics (op amps, transducers, noise reduction), digital electronics (logic gates, flip flops, counters, combinational and sequential circuitry), D/A and A/D conversion, data acquisition techniques.  The laboratory will consist of experiments that complement these topics. 

ADA policy:  “In accordance with University policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), academic accommodations may be made for any student who notifies the instructor of the need for an accommodation.  It is imperative that you take the initiative to bring such needs to the instructor’s attention, as he/she is not legally permitted to inquire about such particular needs of students.  Students who may require special assistance in emergency evacuations (i.e. fire, tornado, etc.) should contact the instructor as to the most appropriate procedures to follow in such an emergency.  Contact Disability Support Services at 298-2512 for additional services.” 

Homework       20 % (due every Monday in class)
Laboratory       40 % (reports due at the beginning of the next lab session)
Exam #1           20 % (analog circuits)
Exam #2           20 % (digital circuits and data acquisition) (given during final exam period) 


LAB                                                                            CHAPTERS               WEEK

DC circuits                                                                   1, 5, 6                          2nd

AC circuits                                                                   2, 3, 6                          3rd

RC filters                                                                      3, 4                              4th

Transducers and Op Amps                                           7, 9                              5th

Op Amps II                                                                  9                                  6th

Op Amps III                                                                9                                  7th

Analog Projects                                                                                                two weeks

            Exam # 1                                 Mon., March 20 in class

Digital Logic Gates                                                       11                                10th

Digital Gate Circuits                                                      11, 12                          11th

Flip flops                                                                      12                                12th

Counters and pulse generation                           12                                13th

Digital Projects                                                                                                 two weeks

            Exam # 2 (Final)                     Wed., May 10 at 1 - 2:50 p.m.