EE120: Computer Tools in ECE

Computer Tools is a first semester introduction to designing, building, and analyzing electrical circuits with the aid of Matlab and Spice circuit simulation. Matlab will be used for basic scalar and matrix computations involving circuit behavior, graphical display of circuit variables, and as a programming language. Spice will be used to analyze both static DC operating points and time-varying circuit behavior. Concepts will be reinforced with physical circuits students will design, build, and analyze using lab equipment, Matlab and Spice. (1 lecture, 2 lab, 2 credits)


Lecture Schedule

In the following table, the lab problems are due at Taps, outside the door of my office in NEB620.

Lab partners, that change for every lab, are listed here.

# Date Readings Handouts /Problems Due
1 28 Aug Introduction Syllabus, VMI-specific textbook additions Chapter 1
2 30 Chapter 1 to Pro Tip Chapter 1
3,4 4,6 Sep Chapter 1 remaining printed solutions due Fri 7 Sep taps
5,6 11,13 Chapter 2 to Pro Tip Chapter 2
7,8 18,20 Chapter 2 remaining printed solutions due Fri 21 Sep taps
9,10 26,27 Chapter 3 to Pro Tip Chapter 3
11,12 2,4 Oct Chapter 3 remaining printed solutions due Fri 5 Oct taps
13,14 9,11 Chapter 4 to Pro Tip Chapter 4
15,16 16,18 Chapter 4 remaining emailed solutions due Fri 19 Oct taps
Optional format checker for your lab 4 solutions here (right-click to save; instructions for use in the Instructions for lab pdf below)
Instructions for lab 4,5 submission
17,18 23,25 Chapter 5 to Pro Tip Chapter 5
19,20 30, 1 Nov Chapter 5 remaining emailed solutions due Fri 2 Nov taps
Optional for checker for your lab 5 solutions here (right-click to save); instructions for use in the Instructions for lab pdf below)
Instructions for lab4,5 submission
21,22 6, 8 Chapter 4/5 review Review lab
23,24 13,15 Chapter 6 to Pro Tip Chapter 6
25 29 Chapter 6 Q&A  
26,27 4,6 Dec Chapter 6 remaining printed solutions due Fri 7 Dec taps
28 11 Dec Administration  
    Final exam - Section 01: 19 Dec, 0830-1130
Final exam - Section 02: 14 Dec, 1400-1700