Instructor: Dr. J.C. Daly Office: ACAD Adjunct Suite
Tel: 401-742-5759(cell) 239-867-4072(home)
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Lectures: MWF 4:40-5:40Room: ACAD 2060
Text: Jimmie J. Cathey, Electronic Devices and Circuits 2nd ed., Schaum's Outline Series, McGraw-Hill ISBN 0-07-136270-3

Office Hours: MWF 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Other times by appointment (Send email)

Prerequisite: PHY 323

Course Description and Objectives:
This is an electronic circuit design course. The objective of is to understand the operation of semiconductor diodes and transistors and how they are used to design electronic circuits.
Topics include: Circuit elements, network theorems, SPICE, bipolar transistors. MOS transistors, biasing, small signal analysis, operational amplifiers.

After taking this course you will be able to;

Assessment and Evaluation:
Your final grade will be determined by your performance on exams (40%), the final (30%), lab reports (20%) and homework (10%). We will have 6 exams. The lowest will be dropped. Each exam is worth 10%.
The conversion to letter grades will be approximately of the form:

over 90 —> A     80 - 90 —> B     70 - 80 —> C     50 - 60 —> D     below 50 —> F    
subject to discretionary adjustments.
It is possible (and highly desirable) that everyone in the class will be rewarded an "A". Mutual assistance is to everyone's advantage.
Please note: NOT writing the final will result in an automatic "F".

Each exam will consist of one or two questions similar to examples and homework discussed in class. In solving a problem, the steps that lead to your answer must be shown to receive proper credit. Without intermediate steps, an otherwise correct answer may receive no credit. You may bring an equation sheet of your own devising (hand written) to the exams and final. Prior permission is required to take an exam late. Notification after an exam will generally not be accepted (but may allow that particular test to be dropped in the computing of your final grade). To compensate for the advantage gained by taking an exam late, make-up exams may be more difficult than regularly scheduled exams.

We will have 6 labs, each taking 2 weeks. Students work in teams of 3. Your lab grade is based on reports and attendance. Report responsibility rotates. The first lab is written up by one team member, who receives the grade for the first lab. The second lab is written up by another team member who receives the grade for the second lab. Each student is responsible for writing up 2 labs. Lab meets from 4:40 to 5:40 pm Fridays.


  1. Network theorems
  2. diode characteristics
  3. modeling bipolar transistors
  4. modeling MOS transistors
  5. bipolar amplifiers
  6. operational amplifiers

            Homework and Solutions
Homework problems will be assigned and solutions will be made available. Your classmates or professors may assist you in mastering these exercises.


No. Topic Due   Homework
(about 4 -5 problems each week)
1. AC Circuits - Phasors 1/20
2. Network thorems     1/27
3. Semiconductor pn junctions 2/1 Quiz 1
4. Rectifiers     2/9
5. Clipping and clamping 2/16 Quiz 2
6. Zener diode circuits 2/23
7. Bipolar transistors 3/2 Quiz 3
Spring Break 3/8 - 3/15
8. Biasing bipolar transistors 3/16
9. Biploar amplifiers 3/23 Quiz 4
10. Small signal models 3/30  
11. Field effect transistors 4/6 Quiz 5  
  Easter Break 4/9 - 4/13  
12. Biasing MOS transistors 4/20  
13. Operational amplifiers 4/27 Quiz 6  

Quizes (best 5 of 6)   40%   Quizzes based on lecture examples and homework.
Lab 20%
Homework 10%

We are happy to accommodate students with disabilities.

Everyone's behavior is expected to exemplary and, at a minimum, in conformity with the Honor Code.