In this course, you will learn how to build and analyze basic circuits.  Topics include passive DC and AC circuits including filters, resonance, complex impedance and Fourier analysis, operational amplifiers, semiconductor diodes, and transistors.

Class times and Location:

T and Th 9:00 - 11:50
Weniger 300/302 (lab) and Weniger 328 (Classroom)

Course Credits

PH 411: Electronics meets up to 6 hours per week (Tu and Th for 3 hours) for 10 weeks for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites, Co-requisites and Enforced Prerequisites

Strongly Recommended: PH 213

Office Hours

    Office Hours Office


Matt W. Graham   MW 2-3

Wngr 375

Mans Mattson (TA)        

 Learning Resources (on Course Reserve at Valley Library):

  • Practical Electronics for Inventors, Paul Scherz and Simon Monk, 4th Ed. McGraw Hill, 2016 (PEI on syllabus) [see crs website for link]
  • Learning the Art of Electronics: A Hands-On Lab Course, Thomas C. Hayes, Cambridge University Press, 2016 (LAE on syllabus)  [see crs website for link]
  • Similar free online electronics textbooks : Instructor recommended:  Electronics Wikibook,  https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Electronics
    OthersAll About Circuits, Learning Electronics, Ultimate Electronics

Course Work:

  • Daily lab work and lecture notes are posted on the course website: http://physics.oregonstate.edu/~grahamat/COURSES/ph411/
  • Each assignment is a laboratory activity to be completed over several class sessions.
  • A brief report for each assignment is required.  Each required report must be submitted to Canvas as a single PDF file according to the due dates listed on Canvas.
  • Each report will be graded out of 20 points possible.  Important aspects are completeness, documentation of procedure and results, and experimental skill.
  • For some activities, you will work in pairs, but each student must submit a separate report.
  • Attendance will be recorded and included in the course evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

Participants shall be able to:

  • Use lab equipment such as multimeters, power supplies, and oscilloscopes.
  • Build and test a circuit based on a description of that circuit.
  • Analyze the behavior of a circuit involving linear elements, transistors, diodes, and op amps.
  • Analyze circuit response to fixed-frequency input, including complex impedance, and qualitatively reason about the effect of high- and low-pass filters on other signals.
  • Troubleshoot problems in circuits that they build.

Graduate (PH 511) shall in addition to the above be able to:  Develop a new experiment that either measures additional properties of a circuit, or designs and tests a new circuit.

Course Performance Evaluation

Attendance (2%), Preliminary data (5%), and On-time submissions (3%): 10%,

Problem Sets: 10%,

Lab reports: 80%.

Statement of Expectations for Conduct

Students are expected to abide by all university rules regarding student conduct and academic honesty: http://studentlife.oregonstate.edu/code

Statement Regarding Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for students with disabilities are determined and approved by Disability Access Services (DAS). If you, as a student, believe you are eligible for accommodations but have not obtained approval please contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098 or at http://ds.oregonstate.edu. DAS notifies students and faculty members of approved academic accommodations and coordinates implementation of those accommodations.  While not required, students and faculty members are encouraged to discuss details of the implementation of individual accommodations.

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