edited 4/27/11

Description of the Practical Electronics class:

A non-credit lab course to introduce electronic circuits to Physics (non-engineering) graduate students.

Emphasis will be on reading data sheets, design, modeling and construction of useful analog and digital circuits. There will be an introduction to programmable logic with hands-on experience compiling and configuring devices.


Commencing May 24 2011 through July 8, Tuesday through Friday 1pm - 4pm


Physics classroom in room 221 Old Le Conte Hall

Course Text:

The Art of Electronics, Horowitz and Hill, 2nd edition, approx. (~$90. new)
This book is required for the course and also serves as an excellent reference.
New copies at ASUC, used copies at Ned's Books, or the internet.
LT Spice IV (free from http://Linear.com/designtools/software)

Lab fee:

Includes kit of components, and also FPGA development software for the student to keep.

Physics students: $250 (charged to your group with P.I. approval),
Non-physics students: $450 (must supply chart string to charge your research group).


LeVern Garner, Associate Engineer; Gerald Przybylski, Senior Engineer,


Sign up in the Electronics Shop, Room 175S Le Conte Hall.

If you have any questions about the class, call 642-3834, or contact LeVern Garner (lgarner@berkeley.edu) or Gerald Przybylski


Safety considerations:
Test equipment do's, don’ts
Oscilloscopes, Digital Multimeters uses
Measurement of resistance; DC, AC, RMS, average voltage or current; duty cycle; conductance; diode junction measurements, etc
Signal Generators: function, pulse, sine wave, arbitrary
Power: battery, power supply, AC line

Bread boarding, layout, debugging
Printed circuit boards, soldering
Grounding and ground loops
Documentation, schematics
Introduction to electronics shop and storeroom

Passive Circuit Elements and Applications and modeling:
Resistance, voltage, current, power
DC circuits
Capacitance, inductance, tuned circuits
AC circuits, input and output impedance
Transducers, bridges, LVDTs

Grounding and shielding
Coaxial cables; twisted pairs; inductive coupling; capacitive coupling; common impedance

Switches and relays

Diode, rectifier, zener, Si, Ge, Schottky, photo diodes
Transistors, SCRs, TRIACs, FETs, VMOS, ohm meter testing
Transistor circuits, voltage & current amplifiers, regulators, switches, pulsers, oscillators

Analog Integrated Circuits and modeling:
Operational amplifiers
AC, DC amplifiers
Instrumentation amplifiers
Integrators, differentiators
Nonlinear circuits
Voltage and current references and regulators
I to V, V to I converters
Analog switches and multiplexers
Sample and hold amplifiers

Digital Electronics and simulating:
Logic families - TTL, HC, CMOS, ECL, and programmable devices, etc.
Gates, flip-flops, counters and timers
Multiplexers and demultiplexers
Encoders and decoders
Transducers- linear and rotary encoders, etc.

Interface Electronics:
Analog to digital converters (A/D)
Digital to analog converters (D/A)
Optical couplers
Line drivers and receivers

Transducers and sensors:
Photo - diode, transistor, PMT, Cds, LED, lamps
Acoustic - microphones, capacitive, PZT, voice coil, magnetic
Displacement - resistive, LVDT, encoders, capacitive, hall effect, PZT
Rotation - resistive, RVDT, encoders, tachometers, motors
Force - strain gauge bridge, piezo
Pressure - solid state, resistive bridge
Temperature - thermistor, solid state, RTD, thermocouple, thermoelectric

I/O standards:
Inputs and outputs, RS-232C, IEEE-488, analog and digital interface boards