Physics 427          Advanced Electronics   Fall Semester 2018       Syllabus


Instructor:  Dr. Brian M. Davies
Instructor's office:  Currens 532 (top floor, NW corner)
Phone:  309-298-1307            

Office Hours:  MWF 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. and Tues 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor's e-mail address:  BM-Davies (at)
Instructor’s web page:


Required textbook:  “Practical Electronics for Inventors”, 4th Ed., by Paul Scherz and Simon Monk. This book is available in the Union Bookstore and from online vendors like Amazon. Laboratory instructions and worksheets will be handed out in class one week before each lab (free of charge).


Class Schedule: 
Lecture:      MW 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. in Currens 336
Laboratory:     F 2:00 – 3:50 p.m. in 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. 

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Homework       20 % (due in class)
Laboratory       50 % (reports due at the beginning of the next lab session)
Exam #1           15 % (analog circuits)
Exam #2           15 % (digital circuits and data acquisition) (given during final exam period) 

 Physics 427 Fall 2018 Lab Schedule


This list may change as I adapt some of the previously-written labs to the new textbook.  Lab handouts will be given out in class during the week before the lab.
Instead of a lab during the first week, we will have a standard 50 minute class on Friday, Aug. 25, in room 336, after which all physics majors are expected to attend a Physics department meeting in Currens 205.


LAB                                                                            WEEK


DC circuits                                                                   2nd

AC circuits                                                                   3rd

RC filters                                                                      4th

Transducers and Op Amps                                           5th

Op Amps II                                                                  6th

Op Amps III                                                                7th

Analog Projects                                                            two weeks


            Exam # 1         mid-semester, date to be determined


Digital Logic Gates                                                       10th

Digital Gate Circuits                                                      11th

Flip flops                                                                      12th

Counters and pulse generation                                       13th

Digital Projects                                                             two weeks


            Exam # 2         Final exam period, 3:00 – 4:50 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10