Course Code :1001WETELE
Study domain:Physics
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Sequentiality:Credit for Mathematical methods for physics I, II & III, Gen. physics I & II, Exp. physics I, Computer practicum, Intro. to analytical mechanics and Intro. to chemistry.
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Nick Van Remortel

3. Course contents *

The following topics are treated in the oral lectures, for which an English textbook, supplemented with summaries and worked out examples on slides, is used:

Lecture 1:

  • Refreshing of basic principles of electronics (laws and passive linear components)

Lecture 2:

  • Circuits with passive components: 1st and 2nd order Transients, RL, RC and RLC circuit

Lecture 3:

  • The concept of alternating currents, use of complex notation and complex impedance model
  • Passive frequency filters: bode plot, phase shifts

Lecture 4:

  • The working principles of the semiconductor diode (bipolar junction)
  • The bahavior of diodes in circuits,: load line, working point, half and full rectifier
  • Special diodes: Zener, Schottky, LED, ...

Lecture 5:

  • The working principles of the semiconductor transistor, in particular the MOSFET
  • The MOSFET characteristics: transconductance and transresistance, linear model

Lecture 6:

  • The use of the MOSFET in practical circuits: amplifiers and switches, active loads
  • Frequency analysis of amplifying networks
  • Use of MOSFETs in the construction of elementary logic gates

Lecture 7:

  • The working principle of an operational amplifier (op-amp) and its equivalent circuit
  • Analysis of the inverting and non-inverting op-amp circuit
  • The use of op-amps in differential and instrumental amplifiers

The practical labs are obligatory for all course participants. They complement the theory lectures in bi-weekly sessions of 3 hours, in which one or two circuits are studied and measured in detail. One week prior to each lab,  students get a few short questions which they should personally  prepare before coming to the lab. The answers will be checked during the lab session that follows.

Each lab assignment is carried out in teams of two students and will result in a written report per team. In case of mutual disagreement, students can make a completely personal report and get a personal quote. Reports will be corrected and handed back to the students during the following lab session in order to provide feedback. The quotes of the reports will contribute to half the final examination grade.