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Physics 48 - Basic Electronics for Physicists

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College Summer 2001 and 2002

Physics 48 is an introduction to electronics for students who have had Physics 14 (or 16); in particular, second-year physics majors who are enrolled in Physics 41 are encouraged to take this course. The course is designed for students who wish to learn about analog and digital electronics.

The course begins with the fundamentals of linear lumped circuits using passive components, including node and loop analysis, Thevenin's theorem, and impulse and frequency response of AC circuits. Diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers are introduced, and active circuits involving feedback are discussed. The basic components of digital electronics are introduced. Other topics to be addressed include: tranmission lines, noise, stability, and analog-to-digital conversion. A laboratory accompanies the course which allows the student to gain practical experience in building and testing the circuits discussed in lecture. An independent project is required in which the student will become acquainted with computer-aided layout of a printed circuit board and soldering.

Prerequisites: Physics 14 or 16, and Mathematics 23.

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