Physics 5620

Electronics and Electrical Measurement

Fall 2014

Introduction to electronics and electrical measurement techniques. The goal of this course is to teach you basic electrical skills from measuring voltage to observing the waveform of a signal. You will learn about basic analog and digital circuits, and the language used to describe them. This is a 5 credit course.

Instructor:Prof. Robert HarrOffice:262 Physics
Office Hours: 10:30 - 11:30 Monday and Wednesday, or by appointment.
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Textbook: Basic Electronics: An Introduction to Electronics for Science Students second edition, by Curtis Meyers. This text is available for purchase online.

The course will follow the text, and appropriate sections for reading will be given at the start of lecture.


MW 4:05pm to 5:30pm, Physics Research Building, room 177.

You are encouraged to ask questions; if something isn't clear to you, it likely isn't clear to others in the class as well.


The practice of Physics requires problem solving skills. In this course you will learn and practice problem solving skills with weekly homework assignments. You may discuss and collaborate with classmates on the problems, but the final solution must be your own. Copying of solutions will result in failure for all parties involved. Your solutions will be collected, graded, and contribute to your final grade. Homework must include explanatory text and be neatly written or it will be given zero credit. The 2 lowest homework scores will be dropped in calculating your grade.

Lab Reports: Lab reports will be due one week after each lab session. It may be possible to turn in some lab reports at the end of the lab session, and this is highly encouraged. All reports are due by the final day of classes, Monday, December 8, 2014. Late reports will NOT be accepted.
Exams: We will have two midterm exams and a final.
Grading: Homework 10% weekly
Midterm Exams 10% each TBD
Final Exam 20% December 10
Labs 50%  
TOTAL 100%  
The grade scale is as follows:
  A+ 95 -- 100%
  A 90 -- 95%
  A- 85 -- 90%
  B+ 80 -- 85%
  B 75 -- 80%
  B- 70 -- 75%
  C+ 65 -- 70%
  C 60 -- 65%
  C- 55 -- 60%
  D+ 50 -- 55%
  D 45 -- 50%
  F < 45%

Late work is not accepted. The 2 lowest homework scores will be dropped. You are allowed and encouraged to discuss problems together, but what you turn in must be your own work -- do not copy problem solutions and turn them in as your own work. As a general rule, your classmates should not see the solutions you will turn in, and you should not see their solutions. Follow this link to view the Dean of Student's page on Academic Integrity.

This is a zero-tolerance policy.

Useful Resources

Interactive lessons in Electronic Circuit Theory from the University of Texas, Austin.

Robert Harr

August 22, 2014