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harvard physics 123
spring 2002
professors paul horowitz and tom hayes
official course webpage
personal course webpage
course description
this course was my introduction to electronics and circuit design. like the text on which it is based (the art of electronics, horowitz and hill, see below), it achieved very broad coverage of standard circuits needed to do useful design work in a laboratory. the course was split between lecture/discussion and breadboarding and circuit building. topics covered included:

dc circuits: ohms law, voltage divider, thevenin model, oscilliscopes
capacitors: rc circuits, filter capacitor circuits
diodes: fourier series, wave rectifiers, clamps, limiters
transistors: emitter follower, current gain, common emitter amplifier, transistor switches, differential amplifiers, ground emitter amplifiers, current mirror, ebers moll, biasing, push-pull, bootstrapping, miller effect, darlington, superbeta
field effect transistors: fet current sources, source follower, voltage controlled resistance, amplitude modulation, the 723 regulator, voltage reference, three terminal adjustable regulator, crowbar
op amps: open loop gain, (non) inverting amplifier, follower, current source, summing amp, current to voltage converter, push-pull buffer, ac amplifier, integrator, differentiator, active rectifier, active clamp
oscillators: comparator; Schmitt trigger; ic relaxation, sawtooth wave, voltage controlled, wien bridge sine, and unwanted oscillations
gates: ic gates (CMOS, TLL), gate innards, cmos: not, nand, 3-state
flip flops: latch, d flop, j-k flop, ripple counter, synchronous counter, shift register, digitally timed one shot
counters: 8-bit, cascading, period meter, capacitance meters
memory and state machines: ram, memory-based state machines, single loop, with control
analog to digital/digital to analog conversion
phase locked loop
digital feedback
assignments
readings and texts
P. Horowitz and W. Hill, The Art of Electronics


coursework consisted of lab exercises and written problem sets that tested your understanding of the circuits in the above mentioned topics.