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D.Wilcher, posted 8/19/06

Hi Class, well we made it to the Final Exam. It was a pleasure to be able to spend these 10 weeks sharing AC Electronics Tech info with you. I hope you found the Lectures to be informative and somewhat entertaining. If extra time was allowed, I could really get into some interesting stuff on Advancements being made in wireless technology which fundamentally is based on AC Electronics.  Well here are a 3 items of interest that will help prepare you for the Final Exam.

Lecture Notes: Here are the notes for Chapters 17 & 18 as discussed in last night's lecture.

Lecture Notes

Final Exam Study Guide: Here's the Study Guide for the Final Exam. Remember, the exam is comprehensive and will cover Chapters 11 thru 18.

Study Guide

Final Laboratory Exam: Here's a couple of things to prepare for in taking the Final Lab Exam.

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Know the circuit diagrams for a Low, High, and Bandpass filter circuits (Series configuration for the Bandpass circuit

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Know where to measure the output signal of each of the above filter circuits

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Know how to use an ohmmeter to measure resistance

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Know how to use a Function Generator and Oscilloscope

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Know how to calculate the low frequency (fL) and high frequency (fH) of a Bandpass filter circuit

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Know how to calculate Bandwidth (BW)

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Know how to draw a Phasor Diagram for a Bandpass Circuit

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Know how to construct circuits using a solderless breadboard

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know how to read a circuit schematic diagram

Again, it was a pleasure teaching each one of you and I hope to see in another CEET course at ITT Tech!

D.Wilcher, posted 8/13/06:

 Hi class, here's the latest events for the week.

Chapter 17 - Mutual Inductance and Transformers: the lecture notes can be found here.

    Lecture Notes

Homework Assignments:

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Read all of Chapter 17

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Do the following problems in the textbook: pgs 950 (Practice Problems 1-3)

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Page 953 (Practice Problems 1-3)

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Page 963 (Practice Problems 1-3)

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Page 966 (Practice Problems 1-3)

Quiz 6:

Review the following pages in the text for Quiz 6.

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Know the circuit schematic symbol for basic transformer and rheostat

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Know how to calculate LT for series opposing and series aiding coils

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Know how to calculate the Turns Ratio of transformer

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Know how to calculate LM for an Inductor

What's Due on 8/18:

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Assigned Homework Problems

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Lab Reports (Make Up and Lab 38)

 

D.Wilcher, posted 8/07/06:

 Hi Class, here's the new class events for the week.

Chapter 16 Lecture Notes:

Here's the Lecture Notes for Chapter 16 presented by Mr. Weaver during my absence.

     Lecture Notes

Exam 2:

Exam 2 will be given at the beginning of class on 8/11. Here is a Study Guide for the Exam 2.

     Exam 2 Study Guide

Homework Assignment:

Read Chapter 16 completely!

 

D.Wilcher, posted 7/31/06:

 Hi Class, here's the class events for the week.

Lecture Notes:

Friday's Lecture (7/28) we discussed two Chapters 14 &15. The key points are found in these class notes.

        Lecture Notes

Homework Assignments:

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Page 783  Practice Problems 1-3

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Page 786 Example/Solution

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Page 821 Practice Problems 1-2

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Page 837 Practice Problem 1

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Read Chapters 14 & 15

Show your work for all Assigned Problems!!!!

Quiz 5:

Since Quiz 5 wasn't administered last Friday (7/28), it will be given on 8/4. Here's what to study:

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Understand the RL Circuit applications discussed on pages 734-735.

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Understand how to convert Polar to Rectangular Format (See Lecture Notes Slides 2-5).

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Know the definition and equation for Power Factor Correction (See Lecture Notes Slides 6&7).

Quiz 5 is based on Chapter 13 FINAL NOTES material and will be given 10 minutes before lecture on 8/4.

What's Due on 8/4:

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Homework Assignments

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Lab Reports from past labs.

D.Wilcher, posted 7/23/06:

 HI Class, here's what is happening for the week.

Lecture Notes:

We finally completed Chapter 13 (RL Circuit Analysis) and here are the final notes from the unit.

      Lecture Notes

Homework Assignments:

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Page 713 - Figure 13-70. Without looking at the solution, see if you can simplify the circuit on your own. And as usual, Show Your Work!!!

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Page 716 -717: Work the  Example/Solution Problems without looking at the answers. Show Your Work!!!

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Page 733: Work the Example/Solution Problems without looking at the answers. Show Your Work!!!

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Read Pages 734 -738 completely.

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Prepare Lab Reports for Experiments 43 and 44.

Quiz 5:

Study the following items for Quiz 5 given 10 minutes before lecture on 7/28/06.

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Understand the RL Circuit applications discussed on pages 734-735.

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Understand how to convert Polar to Rectangular Format (See Lecture Notes Slides 2-5).

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Know the definition and equation for Power Factor Correction (See Lecture Notes Slides 6&7).

D.Wilcher, posted 7/20/06:

Hi class, a little late with Multisim Assignment but its here! Please read the instructions carefully.

                    Multisim Assignment

 

D.Wilcher, posted 7/15/06:

 Hi Class, this week of exciting class events consist of the following:

Lecture Notes:

Here's the lecture notes discussed in yesterdays (7/14/06) classroom.

            Chapter 13 Part 2

Homework Assignments:

Here's the Homework Assignments for next week.

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Read Chapter 13 pgs 665-736

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Practice Problems page 677 (1-3), page 684 (1-3), pgs 686-687 (1-3). Show Your Work!!!

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Lab Reports for Experiments 39-41

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Multisim Simulation Assignment ( To Be Posted by 7/19)

Quiz 4:

For next Friday's (7/21) Quiz, study the following items from the lecture notes.

Slide 16 Know how to perform the following conversions:

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Find the total "Z" in Rectangular Coordinate form

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Find the equivalent total "Z" in Polar Coordinate form

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Draw the "Z" Phasor Diagram

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Draw the IPO "Z" Calculator Block Diagram (slide 19)

Please bring your calculator to class for next's week Quiz and lecture.

Assignments Due:

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All Practice Problems assigned in the Homework Assignments Section

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Lab Reports for Experiments 39-41

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Multisim Simulation Assignment

 

D.Wilcher, posted 7/8/06:

 Hi Class, here's what's happening for next week's class.  First, here's Jeff's  Lab Report which you may use as a guideline along with the Report Template.

                  Jeff's Lab Report

 Suggestion: Print the Laboratory Report Template first. Next, use the template as a checklist and based on the information you have available, check them off the list. Next, use Jeff's report as an outline for writing the report. Its' as easy as ABC!

The Homework Problems for next week are as follows:

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Page 669 - Practice Problems 1, 2, and 3

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Page 671 - Practice Problems  1 and 2

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Page 672 - Practice Problem 3

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IPO Method Problem

Lecture Notes:

Here's the lecture notes discussed in Friday's class (7/7)

           Lecture Notes

Assignments Due:

Here's the following Assignments due next Friday (7/14)

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Practice Problems

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IPO Method Problem

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Lab Reports for Experiments 38 & 39.

Also there will be Quiz 3 given before class. Here's what to study for the Quiz:

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Know the Key Electrical Attributes of a RL Circuit

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Know how to simplify a RL Circuit

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Know How to Create an IPO Vrms Calculator Block Diagram

D.Wilcher, posted 7/5/06:

 Hi Class, I hoped everyone had a great 4th ofJuly Holiday and are well rested and Mentally Ready to Go! A couple of announcements for the week.

1. Lab Reports for last weeks (6/30) are due (7/7).

2. Exam 1 will be given this week (7/7). A 1hr time is allotted for the Exam.

3. Advisory Session will be conducted to provide feedback of Student's Performance within the first 3 weeks of class. Will be conducted during 2nd Break Period (Before Lab).

4. There will be a lecture on RL Circuit Analysis following the Exam.

5. A Pre Lab for Experiment 38 is available for download. Please perform this Pre-Lab prior to attending Lab this week. It's a virtual preview of what will be built in the lab using real electronic components and Measurement Equipment.

     Pre-Lab RL Circuit Investigation

 

D.Wilcher, posted 6/29/06:

 Hi Class, here's what's coming down the pike for this week's classroom events.

Chapter 12 Lecture Notes are available for downloading:

                Lecture Notes

Next Friday will be the first Exam of the course. Please review the Study Guide to help prepare for this Exam.

                 Study Guide 1

The Exam will be administered the first hour of class follow by an hour of lecture then Lab. There will be no homework assignment but I encourage you to review what problems you need to know how to solve for this exam. Select problems in the book that will help prepare you for the exam.

I'll be posted additional Tech Resources on this webpage before next week's class (7/7) so check this site periodically for updates.

Last, Homework assignments and Lab Reports are due tomorrow. There is also a small Quiz that will be given before the lecture by the substitute Instructor. Check 6/25/06 post for what to study in preparation of the Quiz.

 

D.Wilcher, posted 6/28/06:

 Here's the Laboratory Report Template as mentioned in the 6/25/06.

                 Laboratory Report Template

The information explained on each page should help you to write the report for last week's  and upcoming laboratory experiments. Please follow the instructions of the template and don't make it harder than what it is. As an Electronics Technician or Engineering Technologist you must be able to write Laboratory or Test Reports clearly. Therefore, here's the opportunity to gain some real world experience by writing technical documents in a classroom learning environment. Note: On page 3 of the template a 5 point summary is required for each experiment conducted in the lab.

 

D.Wilcher, posted 6/25/06:

Hello Class, As stated I'll will not be teaching the 6/30 session but that doesn't stop the show. The substitute Instructor will conduct the class, therefore the group will meet for Lecture and Lab as regularly scheduled. The Lecture notes for Friday's class can be downloaded from here:

           Lecture Notes 2

Also, the solution for Figure 29.1 of the Lab Manual can be downloaded from here:

           Figure 29.1 Solution

Homework Assignments:

Here's a list of Homework Assignments due 6/30:

bulletRead section 11.5 Applied Technology: Alternating Voltage Application
bulletDo Practice Problems 1-5(pages 581-82) and Problem 11.4 (page 587) Show Your Work!
bulletLab Report for Experiments 30-32 (The Lab Report Format will be posted by 6/28/06)

Additional Resources:

As an Electronics Technician and Engineering Technologist data sheets are important arsenal to have in your Technology Toolbox. The 2 data sheets discussed in Friday's lecture are available and we will review specific information regarding these design-analysis documents throughout the remainder of the course. I've also included the Multisim Squarewave circuit model for your personal CEET evaluation.

bullet PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Tutorial
bullet Testing a Phase Detector
bullet Square Wave Generator Circuit Model

Quizzes:

Know the following items for this weeks Quiz (6/30):

bulletKnow how to calculate the Period (p) and Frequency (f) of a given waveform (Non Sinusoidal and Sinusoidal)
bulletKnow how to calculate the instantaneous current (i) and voltage (v) of a sinewave.
bulletOn page 584, know how to calculate the AC voltage and current parameters shown in Table 11-2 when analyzing a Alternating Current Resistive Circuit.

I will return on 7/7. Enjoy!!!

D.Wilcher, posted 6/21/06:

 In last week's lab there was a question regarding the "Polarity Switch" ,which is on page 172, of the lab manual. Basically, the polarity switch allows the signal to be inverted thus allowing a Subtraction operation to be perform when analyzing 2 waveforms on the Oscilloscope's Cathode Ray Tube (CRT). This switch is generally located within the area of Channel 2's (Channel B) volts/div selector switch. Here are 2 additional resources on the Oscilloscopes and how they work.

bulletAn online tutorial
bullet The Oscilloscope: Operation and Applications

Start reading both documents paying close attention to circuit and or Block diagrams, terminology, and applications. These documents will be discussed periodically during the remainder of this course.

 To continue with discussion of Non-Sinusoidal and Sinusoidal Waveforms, here's a Reference Design sketch using a small embedded robotics controller known as the Handy Cricket. This Friday's(6/23/06) session I will do a demo on how to generate a squarewave with an adjustable output (Amplitude) control using this embedded controller.

D. Wilcher, posted 6/18/06:

Hello Class, glad you  made to the link for AC Electronics. This web page is where you will find all lectures notes, Lab and Homework assignments. You should check this website constantly for updates will be added. In addition, other items of importance will posted on this site as well. So, let's get started!

Documents to Download:

Here are the course documents discussed in the first session of this course.

bullet Class Syllabus
bullet Lecture Notes

Please review both syllabi (my and ITT Tech's documents). As discussed in the first class session, points will be deducted for late turn-in Homework assignments.

Homework Assignments:

Here's a list of Homework Assignments due 6/23/06.

bulletRead pages 552 - 592 in the book Fundamentals of Electronics - AC Circuits.
bulletDo Exercise Problems 11.1, Practice Problems pages 558 (1 & 2), 560(1-4), 562(1-4), 563(1-4)
bulletLab Report for Lab Experiments 27-29
bulletReview Lecture Notes (pages 1-23)

Lab Reports:

Lab Reports are required and will provide the student with the following skills:

bulletTechnical Writing
bulletDocumenting Laboratory Procedures
bulletBasic Research of Practical Applications of Circuits Experimented in the Lab
bulletCapturing Electrical Behavior Analysis via Manual and Circuit Model Simulations calculations and results.

The Electronics Laboratory Requirements document is critical to the success in this class and your future as an Electronics Technician or Electrical Engineering Technologist. Please download and read this document carefully. If there are any questions, please contact me via the communication mechanisms presented in the Class Syllabus.

Lab Report Requirements

Quizzes:

At the beginning of each class, there will be a Quiz to test your comprehension of material presented in the previous lecture as well as to prepare you for the 3 Exams. For Quiz 1(6/23/06) review the following items:

  1. Know output waveforms for both Nonsinusoidal and Sinusoidal signals.
  2. Know the difference between a Bipolar (Split) and Single DC power supplies (know electronic symbols for both voltage sources).
  3. Know how to draw the Block Diagram for the Electronic Counter circuit discussed in last weeks lecture.