ECSE 1010

Spring 2023

Syllabus | Proof of Skills Rubric | Portfolio Instructions | Metacognition Journal | Alpha Experiments - Omega Lab Explorations | Proof of Concepts | Exploration Map | Presentation Video Guidelines |

Example Course Documents: Proof of Skills Experimental Measurement | Proof of Skills Circuit Simulation | Proof of Concepts | Exploration Map | Presentation Video |

Gradescope | LMS | Schedule | Due Dates | Staff | Class Days | Attendance | Other Courses

 

Software | Instrumentation Boards (M1K, Analog Discovery 2, M2K) | LTSPICE | Excel | Matlab |

Tools | Voltage Divider | Misc | Quizzes | Vocabulary | Amplitude | Best of Intro to ECSE Demos (coming soon!) | Grading | Parts

Schedule

Daily Schedule
With Links to Resources
Highlighted Design Days for the Best Porfolio Content!
Week Tuesday Friday
1
2: Outcomes, Goals, and Personal Goals Proof of Skills Day 1 January 13
2
3: Ethics Conversations Proof of Skills Day 2 January 17
4: Good Failure: Is this Right? Proof of Skills Day 3 January 20
3
5: Questions for the Profs Proof of Skills Day 4 January 24
6: Alpha/Omega Lab Design Ideation and Planning Proof of Skills Day 5 January 27
4
7: Lab01 Part A: Basic Analysis and Engineering Practices - Math as a Tool: Overview of Lab 01, Electric Circuit Concepts, Resistors in Series & Parallel, Voltage Dividers, Circuit Analysis Technique: Circuit Reduction
Proof of Skills and Problem Set 1 Due January 31
8: Lab01 Part B: Basic Analysis and Engineering Practices - Math as a Component (Design): Circuit Analysis Technique: KVL/KCL/Ohm's Law, Linear Independence, Matrix Multiplication, Matrix Equations, Block Diagrams
Problem Set 2 Due February 3
5
9: Quiz 1 February 7
10: Lab02 Part A: Defining Linear and Non-linear Devices with I-V Characteristics: Overview of Lab02, IV Characteristics (Linear vs. Diode), Current-Limiting Resistors
Lab01 Due February 10
6
11: Lab02 Part A: Defining Linear and Non-Linear Devices with I-V Characteristics February 14
12: Lab02 Part B: Linear Resistive Network using Nodal Analysis and Linear Algebra (Design): Circuit Analysis Technique: Nodal Analysis February 17
7
Presidents' Day! No Classes! February 21
13: Lab 02 Part B: Linear Resistive Network using Nodal Analysis and Linear Algebra (Design): Nodal Analysis Example Problems
Proof of Skills Optimization #1 Due February 24
8
14: Lab 02 Part C: Operational Amplifiers: Operational Amplifiers (Op-Amps) and Op-Amp Circuits February 28
15: Lab 02 Part C: Operational Amplifiers
Lab02 Parts A & B Due (Proof of Concepts Only) March 3
Spring Break
Spring Break! No Classes! March 7
Spring Break! No Classes! March 10
9
16: Lab02 Part D: Applications - Transfer Functions, Sensor Decisions, Control, Imaging (Design): Properties of Linearity and Linear Systems, Circuit Analysis Technique: Superposition, Transfer Functions
Lab01 Optimization Due March 14
17: Lab02 Part D: Applications - Transfer Functions, Sensor Decisions, Control, Imaging(Design): Cascading Op-Amps March 17
10
19:Lab02 Part D: Applications - Transfer Functions, Sensor Decisions, Control, Imaging (Design): Op-Amp Example Problems
Proof of Skills Optimization #2 Due March 24
11
20: Quiz 2 March 28
21: Lab03 Part A: The Signals and The Noise - Adding Signals: Overview of Lab03, Applications of Signals and Systems
Lab02 Parts C & D Due March 31
12
22: Lab03 Part B: The Signals and The Noise - Making Noise or Making Music?: Time Domain and Frequency Domain, Impedance, Capacitors and Inductors
Lab02 Parts A & B Optimization Due April 4
23: Lab03 Part B: The Signals and The Noise - Making Noise or Making Music?: Why and how is the Frequency Domain Useful? April 7
13
24: Lab03 Part C: The Signals and the Noise - Filters Frequency Response, Filters, Complex Numbers, Complex Transfer Functions April 11
25: Lab03 Part C: The Signals and the Noise - Filters: Bode Plots, Corner Frequency, Decibels
Proof of Skills Optimization #3 Due April 14
14
26: Lab03 Part C: The Signals and The Noise - Filters: Filters Example Problems April 18
27: Lab03 Part D: The Signals and The Noise (Design)
Lab03 Due
Lab02 Parts C & D Optimization Due
April 21
15

28: Quiz 3 April 25

Reading Day April 28
16 Final Quiz: Wednesday, May 3rd: 3pm - 6pm in Academy Auditorium

Due Dates

It is important to remain on time for every assignment on every class day. Each assignment has a deadline and a late deadline. The early deadline ensures that you are following the class as intended and on schedule. The late deadline will allow you to submit after the deadline without penalty but should be used ONLY in case of emergencies. Use time outside of class to catch up to work. You can use your online WebEx Teams space to collaborate with partners! Be sure to attend open shops as well to keep of with the class. WARNING: DO NOT FALL BEHIND!!!

The Problem Sets on LMS (or Gradescope) are created to help you prepare for Quizzes and to ensure you have the ability to calculate solutions to problems around ECSE concepts.

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 Lab documents will be using the Proof of Concepts template.

All times mentioned here are based on Eastern Time Zone (local time of Troy, NY)

Staff

 

INSTRUCTOR TA TA UGSA
Name Prof. Alex Patterson

Chenyi Kuang

Nazifa Rumman

Noah Kader

Meeting Scheduler
https://calendly.com/pattea5/20min

Open Shop

JEC 4201

  Monday 6pm-9pm Tuesday 4pm-6pm Tuesday 6pm-8pm
Friday 1pm-2pm
Office Hours Wednesdays 3pm - 5pm on Webex or in JEC 6020      
Email pattea5@rpi.edu kuangc2@rpi.edu rumman@rpi.edu   kadern@rpi.edu
WebEx Room Prof. Patterson's Personal Room

 

Name

Email

Hours

Chenyi Kuang

kuangc2@rpi.edu

20

Nazifa Rumman

rumman@rpi.edu

10

Noah Kader

kadern@rpi.edu

UNDERGRAD

4

 

Open shop hours are shared with other courses in the Core Studio classroom, JEC-4201. 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 JEC 4201

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8am-9am

9am-10am

10am-11am

11am-12pm

12pm-1pm

1pm-2pm

Intro to ECSE

Prof. Patterson
Chenyi Kuang
Nazifa Rumman
Noah Kader

Open Shop

Noah Kader

Intro to ECSE

Prof. Patterson
Chenyi Kuang
Nazifa Rumman
Noah Kader

2pm-3pm

Intro to ECSE

Prof. Patterson
Chenyi Kuang
Nazifa Rumman
Noah Kader

Intro to ECSE

Prof. Patterson
Chenyi Kuang
Nazifa Rumman
Noah Kader

3pm-4pm

4pm-5pm

Open Shop

Nazifa Rumman

5pm-6pm

Open Shop

Nazifa Rumman

6pm-7pm

Open Shop

Chenyi Kuang

Open Shop

Noah Kader

7pm-8pm

Open Shop

Chenyi Kuang

Open Shop

Noah Kader

Open Shop

Open Shop

8pm-9pm

Open Shop

Chenyi Kuang

Open Shop

Open Shop

Open Shop

 

Grading Responsibilities

Name Labs (Class #) Quizzes
TBD
1-24
TBD

Resources by Class Day

Class 11: Linear Systems and Beyond: Part A - Defining Linear and Non-linear Devices with Current Voltage Characteristics

 

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 pre-requisites.

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.

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)

  1. Part 1: What is a divider and how does it work if we build one?
  2. Part 1.1: Measuring input and output voltages to fully characterize the operation of a circuit, with and without a load.
  3. Part 2: Deriving the formula for an unloaded and a loaded divider
  4. Part 3: Building and testing a loaded voltage divider. Both noise and loading of the divider by an oscilloscope become significant issues.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Part 6: The role of voltage dividers in the operation of transformers.
  8. Part 6.1 Designing circuits by functional blocks.
  9. Part 7: Deriving the transfer functions for inverting and non-inverting op-amp amplifiers using what we know about voltage dividers. Also, voltage dividers where neither end is at zero Volts -- a generalization useful for non-inverting op-amps and Schmitt Triggers.
  10. Part 8: Configuring two voltage dividers into a Wheatstone Bridge circuit. Other uses of dividers as voltage references.
  11. 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.
  12. Part 10: Transistor and relay switches. The Schmitt Trigger.
  13. Part 11: Digital Logic Circuits & the 555 Timer
  14. Part 12: Diode Rectifiers - Dividing voltage between diodes and resistors.
  15. Part 13: Powering LEDs - Dividing voltage between an LED and a current-limiting resistor.
  16. Part ?: Making high voltage measurements.
  17. Part ?: Oscilloscope Probes
  18. 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.

Amplitude Information

Best of Intro to ECSE Demos (coming soon!)

Misc. Links Including Tutorials

Quizzes

Grading

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 (in-person), 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) Adding helpful content to the Skills Development document; (3) Well documented good failures and success highlighted in your portfolio; (4) Effectively getting help when needed; (5) Consistent and insightful writing in your metacognition journal; (6) Feedback on course materials that were particularly helpful; (7) Providing answers to questions on WebEx Teams; (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.
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