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Circuits & Electronics

Author(s): Doug Mercer
Hardware: M1K and M2K

ADI University Engineering Program Home Page
This is the link to the Analog Devices University program Teaching Materials & Lab Exercises landing page.

How to convert between M1K and M2K
Lab activity materials targeted at a specific hardware platform often need to be translated to other platforms. This document provides guidance on retargeting activities.

What is a Source-Measurement-Unit
Source Measure Units (SMU) integrate the capabilities of a power supply or function generator, a digital multimeter (DMM) or oscilloscope, a current source, and an electronic load into a single, tightly synchronized instrument. This How-To guide answers the question; What is a Source Measurement Unit anyway?

Measuring Current with a SMU
An SMU can simultaneously measure both voltage and current. In this How-To guide we demonstrate how to use the SMU current measurement capability vs the way users normally think about measuring current with say a bench-top Oscilloscope.

Making XY plots (Lissajous patterns)
How-To guide on using X-Y plotting to display and analyze Lissajous patterns. Old timers who started out their careers using an analog oscilloscope probably remember using the Lissajous pattern to measure the phase difference of two sine waves.

Impedance Analyzer
Personal instruments are multi-purpose and incredibly useful tools for working on electronics projects and experiments. But the multitude of capabilities can be a little intimidating to get comfortable using. In this How-To guide we go over one of those many features (The Impedence Analyzer) so that you can get the most out of the hardware and software.

Curve tracing and analog signature analysis
This How-To guide answers the question; What is a Curve Tracer vs an Analog Signature Analyzer vs a Source Measure Unit anyway? All three are very useful in testing and debugging electronics projects and experiments.





Author(s)/Contact: Greg Landry, Holger Wech
Hardware: PSoC 5LP-based CY8CKIT-059 programmed as a CyScope

Project ScopeFree
Support Materials: Create a two-channel oscilloscope and 100 KHz waveform generator for under $20.00. The PSoC 5LP-based CY8CKIT-059 is a Programmable System on Chip featuring programmable digital, configurable analog, and a Cortex 3 MCU all on a single chip. The CyScope project is completely open-source and can be found on Github. When programmed as a CyScope, this kit becomes a 100 KHz waveform generator and a dual-channel oscilloscope. It is currently being used as part of the take-home test equipment and in projects at Arizona State University in EGR 304 "Embedded Systems Design Project", at MIT in 6.115 "Microcomputer Project Laboratory", and is under evaluation for use at several other universities in the USA and EU. The kit is re-programmable so it has a multitude of uses in digital, analog, and MCU-based courses and projects.




Hardware: Analog Discovery 2

Lab: How to make basic measurements
From the Digilent Website:

Using the Oscilloscope
Using the Waveform Generator
Using the Power Supplies
Using the Voltmeter
Using the Data Logger
Using the Logic Analyzer
Using the Pattern Generator
Using the Static I/O
Using the Spectrum Analyzer




Author(s): Kaitlyn Franz
Hardware: Analog Discovery 2

A full introduction to analog circuits course which is online and free for anyone to use:

There's a textbook section which is all theory and some examples for each topic, and then a lab section which is using the AD2. It has slides, worksheets, videos, and lots of other resources.

Real Analog

The textbook can also be obtained in printed form from Amazon.




Author(s): Keith Townsend and Cecilia Townsend
Hardware: Analog Discovery 2

Lab 1: Multimeter measurements
Basic instructions on how to measure resistance, voltage, and current with a multimeter. Also includes a simple LED circuit for illustration.

Lab 2: Time domain signals--the Oscilloscope and Waveform generator
Introduces the basic concepts of waveforms in time, and illustrates the concepts with music. Also included are illustrations for half-wave rectifier wave forms, and the effect of applying a square wave to an RC circuit. The RC time constant concepts are further illustrated using a RC-controlled 555 IC timer circuit.
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Lab 3: Frequency domain signals--the Spectrum Analyzer
Introduces the concept of power spectrum and how to measure it with a spectrum analyzer. The concepts are illustrated with sinusoids, square waves, and music wave forms. The RC circuit from Lab 2 is used as a low-pass filter.

Lab 4: Op Amps
The basic op amp circuit is introduced. Concepts explored include voltage gain, power gain in the frequency domain, and distortion.




Author(s): Leda Lunardi and Ginger Yu
Hardware: Analog Discovery 2

Lab 1: Intro to Analog Discovery 2

Lab 2: Diode Curve Tracer

Lab 3: BJT Curve Tracer

Lab 4: NP Transistor Amplifier

Lab 5: MOSFET Curve Tracer

Lab 6: MOSFET Amplifier

Lab 7: 2-Stage MOSET-BJT Amplifier

Lab 8: NMOS and CMOS Inverters




Author(s): Shayla Sawyer
Hardware: Analog Discovery 2

Course: Electric Circuits  

Circuits Videos by Topic

General course information, written materials, etc



Author(s): Hooman Rashtian & Weijan Yang
Hardware: Analog Devices ADALM2000

Course: Circuits II  Lab instructions for sophomore level circuits class with a focus on AC circuits, operational amplifiers, passive and active filters and applications of Fourier series and Laplace transform.

Circuits Lab Instructions

Circuits Lab Video Tutorials



Author(s): Cynthia Furse, Neil Cotter, Angela Rasmussen
Hardware: Analog Discovery 2

Course/Activity: Introduction to Circuit Design, an Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE 1240-001 Spring 2019 Intro to Circuit Design




Author(s): Angela Rasmussen
Hardware: Analog Discovery 2

Course: Fundamentals of Engineering Electronics, a Canvas course that contains videos, handouts, quizzes, assessments, labs, etc.

Fundamentals of Engineering Electronics




Activities That Can Be Included in Courses

Author(s): Daniel Kirschen, Nina Vincent, Yuanyuan Shi, Chanaka Keerthisinghe
Hardware: Runs on a PC using the PLECS simulation software

Course/Activity: An experiment simulating the operation of different types of power electronics converters using the PLECS software. 

Used in EE351 "Electrical Energy Systems" at the University of Washington. This experiment simulates the operation of a PV panel and its power electronics. converter. 

Introduction to PLECS

Lab 1 - Power Electronics Converters

ACAC (PLECS Software)

ACDC (PLECS Software)

DCAC (PLECS Software)

DCDC (PLECS Software)




General Topics – Other ECE Courses, Online Instruction in General

Author(s): Hooman Rashtian
Hardware: TI-RSLK, NI MyDAQ

Course: Lab instructions for a sophomore-level hands-on course which prepares students step-by-step for a final project in which they design a music-following robot. An important feature of this project is that it includes various components (sensors, analog amplifiers, digital systems and microcontroller programing, working with DC motors, etc.) which cover a broad range of topics in electrical engineering curriculum and their interrelation.

Lab Instructions



Author(s): Cynthia Furse
Hardware: VNA, dielectric measurement probe

Course: Introduction to Electromagnetics (ECE3300 University of Utah). Starts with transmission lines. Continues to electro and magnetostatics, fields and waves, antennas. Includes a lab that builds an FSK wireless communication system for a "cardiac pacemaker".  Video lectures included.

ECE 3300-001 Fall 2019 Fund EM & Trans Lines


Author(s)/Contact: Rania Hussein
Hardware: None specified


Resources on Online Instruction
Course/Activity: Collective wisdom and resources on remote instruction from the ECE faculty at the University of Washington, Seattle. 

This is a living document that gets updated frequently and acts as a reference for the ECE faculty on remote instruction. It has been also shared with the college of engineering and possibly across the University of Washington.