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)


Schedule

The textbook, Programming for Electrical Engineers, can be purchased from the bookstore or directly here.

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, will be listed here.  See syllabus for policies if lab parner is no longer enrolled, for not using assigned lab partner, and for not obtaining HR signatures on lab reports.

# Date Readings Handouts /Problems Due
1a, 1b 31Aug
2 Sep
Introduction, Chapter 1 to Pro Tip
read i-4, problems 1-2
read 5-12, problems 3-12
Syllabus, VMI-specific textbook additions Chapter 1-5, lab partners
1c, 1d 7,9 Chapter 1 remaining
read 13-17, problems 13-17
read 17-end of chapter, problems none
Lab 1 printed solutions to 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 16, 20, 21, 29, 30 due Fri 10 Sep taps
2a, 2b 14,16 Chapter 2 to Pro Tip
read 37-48, problems 1-12
read 49-55, problems 13-18
 
2c, 2d 21,23 Chapter 2 remaining
read 56-62, problems 19-29
read 63-68, problems 30-32
printed solutions to 1, 2, 8, 11, 17, 20, 27, 29, 31 due Fri 24 Sep taps
3a, 3b 28,30 Chapter 3 to Pro Tip
read 79-89, problems 1-4
read 89-99, problems 5-8
 
3c, 3d 5,7 Oct Chapter 3 remaining
read 100-108, problems 9-13
read 108-118, problems 14-17
printed solutions to 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19 due Fri 8 Oct taps
4a, 4b 12,14 Chapter 4 to Pro Tip
read 127-136, problems 1-3
read 136-148, problems 4-9
 
4c, 4d 19,21 Chapter 4 remaining
read 149-158, problems 10-15
read 158-167, problems 16-18
emailed program solutions to 2, 3, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 due Fri 22 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
5a, 5b 26,28 Chapter 5 to Pro Tip
read 177-183, problems 1-4
read 184-191, problems 5-8
 
5c, 5d 2,4 Nov Chapter 5 remaining
read 191-196, problems 9-11
read 196-209, problems 12-14
emailed program solutions to 1, 2, 5, 6, 29, 30, 32, 33 due Fri 5 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
Review 9 Matlab review Review lab
6a, 6b 16,18 Chapter 6 to Pro Tip
read 227-237, problems 1-2
read 237-244, problems 3-5
 
6c, 6d 30, 2 Dec Chapter 6 remaining
read 245-249, problems 6-7
read 249-258, problems 8-9
printed solutions to 1, 2, 5, 7, 10 due Fri 3 Dec taps
Admin 7 Administration  
Review 9,14 Final review  
    Section 01 (usually meets 0800): Final 17 Dec 1400-1700
Section 02 (usually meets 0925): Final 16 Dec 1400-1700