ECSE 1010
Spring 2022 {First day of classes is Monday January 10th, Online on WebEx}
Schedule
Daily Schedule
With Links to Resources
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 Reading Days: No Class April 28 
Due Dates
Experiments are due two class days after they are assigned. The assignment class # is included in the title of each experiment.
Experiments turned in late will receive the following penalties: 10% per day late (no penalty over weekends).
There is a Problem Set associated with most class days (except for quizzes). The Problem Set # (i.e. PS #) corresponds to the Class # for the
material addressed. Problem Sets are released before 12 noon eastern of the day indicated on the calendar and is to be completed by 11:59pm eastern of the next class day.
It is always possible to attempt Problem Sets more than once. Any attempts completed by the due date & time will receive full credit.
For example, PS#5 is to be completed (for full credit) by the 11:59pm on the day of Class #6. Problem sets completed after the due date
receive half credit. Late problem sets will be available for two more class days, ie. three class days after the original assignment.
Quizzes will be given on quiz days (read syllabus) during regular class time. They are designed to be finished in about one hour, but do not need to be uploaded to Gradecsope
until the end of the entire 1 hour and 50 minute class. If you require adjustments for learning disabilities, letters from the Dean are to be submitted at the beginning of the semester.
Laboratory report submission: We will be using Gradescope for lab report submission, grading, and feedback. Tips for gradescope
All times mentioned here are based on Eastern Time Zone (local time of Troy, NY)
Staff
Open shop hours are shared with other courses in the Core Studio classroom, JEC4201. Specific times for ECSE 1010 TAs are posted in the table below in green Open. Yellow Open indicates open shop without an assigned ECSE 1010 TA. Please note that TA office hours are held during their open shop sessions. Open shop is automatically cancelled the weekend before a Monday Holiday and after a Friday Holiday. For Sunday open shop, the handicap entrance on the 3rd floor of JEC should be open.
OPEN SHOP HOURS BEGIN after First Week.
Schedule for JEC4201

Sunday 
Monday 
Tuesday 
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EI 


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9AM10AM 

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10AM11AM 

LITEC 
LITEC 
Circuits 
LITEC 
LITEC 

11AM12PM 

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LITEC 
Circuits 
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12PM1PM 

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Circuits 
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2PM3PM 

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LITEC 
Circuits 
LITEC 
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3PM4PM 
Open 
LITEC 
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4PM5PM 
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EI 

Circuits 
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5PM6PM 
Open 
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6PM7PM 
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Grading Responsibilities
Name 
Experiments (Class #) 
Quizzes 
Chenyi Kuang 
124 
TBD 
Resources by Class Day
 Class 1 Course Overview and Introduction
 Class 2 Circuit Analysis Techniques
 Class 3 Voltage Divider, Installation Day (Alice 1.3 and Pixel Pulse 2)
 Class 4 DC Measurements using M1K Board and ALICE Voltmeter
 Class 5 CurrentVoltage Characteristics of a Resistor
 Class 6 Resistor Combinations and Voltage Dividers
 Class 7 Analysis Challenge, Real vs. Ideal Characteristics
 Class 8 Quiz I (10% of course grade)
 Class 9 Nodal Voltages, LTspice simulation
 Class 10: Nodal Analysis and Matrix Solutions
 Class 11: Superposition in linear systems
 Class 12: Constrained Circuit Design
 Class 13: Open Circuit Design
 Class 14: Quiz 2
 Quiz 2 Material: Review Quiz 1 material, Ladder Circuits, KCL, Nodal Analysis, Matrix Mathematics, Multiple Sources (Superposition)
 When: February 28th, 1:50 hour timed quiz during class
 Where: JEC 4104
 Quizzes are open book, open notes, noncommunicating calculators are allowed.
 Students are not allowed to discuss/interact with anyone during the time they take the quiz.
 Fall 2021 Fall 2021 Solutions
 Fall 2020 Fall 2020 Solutions
 Fall 2019 Fall 2019 Solutions
 Class 15: Matrix Inversion
 Class 16: Linear Approximations
 Class 17: Statistical Analysis
 Class 18: Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
 Class 19: Principal Components Analysis
 Class 20: Nearest Neighbor Classification
 Class 21: Quiz 3
 Quiz 3 Material: Class 15 to Class 20, Review quiz 1 and 2 material, Row reduction problem
 Previous Quizzes:
Fall 2021 Solutions
Fall 2020 Quiz 3
Fall 2019 Quiz 3
Fall 2019 Quiz 4
 These Quizes contain some concepts regarding capacitors and inductances which we will start working with after the Quiz.
 The Quiz this semester will include Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors and norms.
 Class 22: RC transients
 Class 23: Introduction to Second Order Circuits
 Class 24: Transient Simulations and Voltage Follower Circuits
 Class 25: Design of Transient Circuits
 Class 26: AC Steady State Signals
 Class 27: State Space
 Class 28: Quiz 4
Other Intro to EE/ECE Courses
The first course for EE, CpE, CSE ... students is usually taught in the first year but often can be found in the second year. Thus, pay close attention to prerequisites.
Software Downloads
Software tools play a critical role in this course. The following will give you access to Waveforms, LTspice IV and Matlab.
Analog Discovery Information
This course is based on the use of personal instrumentation. The device of choice is the Analog Discovery from Digilent. It provides all the functionality of a typical electronics laboratory.
 Video: Intro to Analog Discovery
 Waveforms Software Information and Download (Note that there are two versions of Waveforms. Waveforms 2015 is the new version, but the older version was used in all of the experiment write ups. It is recommended that you download and install both and then decide which one you like better.)
 Waveforms 2015 vs Waveforms  converting from one to the other (coming soon)
 http://www.ecse.rpi.edu/courses/F16/ENGR2300/EILinks.html#Info Go to the section called ‘Analog Discovery Information.’
 One link of major importance provides information on how to calibrate the board, which should remove any offset issues you may be experiencing.
 Videos: http://www.ecse.rpi.edu/courses/F16/ENGR2300/EILectures.html#Tools Go to section 2 called ‘Analog Discovery.’ Start with video #3 even though it deals with a topic that you have not seen – Lissajou patterns. The basic setup is a good exercise even if you do not quite understand what is going on when the Lissajou patterns are generated.
 Analog Discovery Parts Kit from Digilent
 Videos & Other Info from Digilent
 ADAP  Written primarily in Python, ADAP provides three functionalities without using Digilent Waveforms. Included are a Data Logger (to record measurements for a longterm experiment lasting minutes or hours), Threshold (which allows control of outputs using the levels of analog inputs to create, for example, a thermostat or similar device), PWM (which provides a simple interface to study pulse width modulation). The link allows the setup executable to download.
 Digilent Analog Discovery Support Package from MATLAB (Download button at upper right)
 Check out Getting Started Resources at the right
 Do the Examples to see how it works
 Check Out Resources from Jeff Rodriguez, Physics Teacher, Anderson H.S. Cincinnati, Ohio Including Lab 8  Automatic Night Light
SPICE Information
Essentially all numerical circuit simulations done by electrical and computer engineers use some version of SPICE. The particular version we use in this course is LTspice IV.
Matlab Information
Matlab (MATrix LABoratory) is one of the most powerful tools engineers use for numerical analysis.
Excel Information
The Voltage Divider
The Voltage Divider (Investigating the Voltage Divider both as a Practical Circuit and a Gateway to Most Concepts in EI)
 Part 1: What is a divider and how does it work if we build one?
 Part 1.1: Measuring input and output voltages to fully characterize the operation of a circuit, with and without a load.
 Part 2: Deriving the formula for an unloaded and a loaded divider
 Part 3: Building and testing a loaded voltage divider. Both noise and loading of the divider by an oscilloscope become significant issues.
 Part 4: Studying voltage dividers constructed with combinations of resistors, inductors and capacitors that function as filters. Some additional general properties of dividers are also identified.
 Part 5: The use of voltage dividers for measuring internal resistances of sources and loads such as battery resistance and the input resistance of measurement devices like voltmeters and scopes. Also for determining the resistance of resistive sensors like photocells, strain gauges and force sensors.
 Part 6: The role of voltage dividers in the operation of transformers.
 Part 6.1 Designing circuits by functional blocks.
 Part 7: Deriving the transfer functions for inverting and noninverting opamp amplifiers using what we know about voltage dividers. Also, voltage dividers where neither end is at zero Volts  a generalization useful for noninverting opamps and Schmitt Triggers.
 Part 8: Configuring two voltage dividers into a Wheatstone Bridge circuit. Other uses of dividers as voltage references.
 Part 9: How does SPICE work? The material in this video is not required for EI but is useful for anyone who wishes to understand circuit analysis a little more deeply.
 Part 10: Transistor and relay switches. The Schmitt Trigger.
 Part 11: Digital Logic Circuits & the 555 Timer
 Part 12: Diode Rectifiers  Dividing voltage between diodes and resistors.
 Part 13: Powering LEDs  Dividing voltage between an LED and a currentlimiting resistor.
 Part ?: Making high voltage measurements.
 Part ?: Oscilloscope Probes
 Part ?: Other
Calculators and Other Tools
There is an almost unlimited number of calculators and tools online to make our job easier. However, be sure that you always know how to do the calculations yourself because you will learn less if you rely on them too much. Treat them as great references and as a very easy way to check your results. You will not be able to use them on tests.
 Electronic Toolbox  An amazing tool with lots of calculators, component specification, etc. Available as an App for both IOS (iPhone, iPad, iTouch) or Windows (8 or 10) Cost is $7.
 Decibel Calculators  One of many avaiable.
Amplitude Information
 Voltage Amplitudes
 Amplitude  The maximum or peak value measured with respect to the average
 RMS Amplitude (Electronics Tutorials)
 PeaktoPeak Amplitude (Learning About Electronics)
 Amplitude Based on Log or Ln
 dB Decibel (Wikipedia)
 dBm (Wikipedia)
 Other dB units  see the Decibel article (Wikipedia)
Demos
Misc. Links Including Tutorials
Quizzes
 Past Quizzes
 Quiz 1
 Quiz 2
 Quiz 3
 Quiz 4
 Quiz 5
Grading
 Quizzes 40%
 Experiments 30%
 Problem Sets 20%
 Attendance and Participation 10%
Attendance and Participation
It is important to stay on schedule in this class. You and your partner work together on experiments.
Even though we will not be taking any formal attendance this semester, we will be monitoring if you are coming to class (inperson), or are working with your partner on WebEx and getting help as needed from the teaching staff (remote).
Participation grade will depend on your interactions with the professor and teaching staff. It is based on the following criteria:
Your instructor will assess your general performance in terms of how much you contributed to the work your group was doing during class time.
Your TA's will assess your general performance in terms of how much you contributed to the work your group was doing during class time.
Periodically, you will be asked questions by the staff which we use to judge how well you understand what is going on. These questions fall into four categories: circuits (Do you know how to wire and debug a circuit using the diagram?), equipment (Can you correctly hook the circuit to the equipment?), theory (Do you understand the theory that was taught in the lecture?) and software (Can you effectively use the computer tools we use in the experiments?).
Examples of contributions to the work your group does include: (1) Preparation for class; (2) Interesting questions raised in class and on piazza; (3) Creative approaches to completing assigned work; (4) Effectively getting help when needed; (5) Clear demonstration of improved understanding of concepts; (6) Feedback on course materials that were particularly helpful; (7) Providing answers to questions on piazza; (8) Identifying errors or points of confusion in course materials, including homework; etc. From this list, you can see that participation is just being engaged in the course, helping your partner and other students learn and the TAs and instructor do their job better.