EECS 314: Electrical Circuits, Systems, and Applications

InstructorProfessor Alexander Ganago

EECS 314 Electric circuits, Systems, and Applications covers topics in electric circuits, electronics, and control systems for non-EE majors.

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Soldered Filter Circuit

In EECS 314 you will:

  • Learn the concepts and principles of Electrical Engineering (EE), which are at the heart of today’s analog and digital electronic devices
  • Understand, build, and analyze electronic circuits such as amplifiers, filters, temperature controller, etc.
  • Learn the language of EE colleagues, which will enable you to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.

Engineering is a practical profession; new learning becomes valuable when you apply it to building things: this is what you do in the lab. EECS 314 Labs include computer-controlled experiments based on LabVIEW – software very popular in industry; experience in using it may be advantageous for your job search. The new Temperature Controller Lab introduces you to Analog/Digital, and Programmable circuits – examples of Embedded Systems widely used in industry as well as consumer electronic devices.

Contents of EECS 314 Labs:
1) DC Lab

  • Measure voltages, currents, and resistances; learn to avoid blunders
  • Prove that a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) does not obey Ohm’s law
  • Learn that a MOSFET transistor act as an electronic switch

2) AC Lab

  • Measure the Rise and Fall Time of standard signals; compare with theory
  • Measure FFT spectra of standard signals; build various waveforms of sine waves
  • Measure Telephone tone dialer signals – waveforms and FFT spectra

3) Transients Lab

  • Study exponential responses of RC circuits to square wave input signals
  • How many pulses does you system receive when 2 pulses are sent?
  • Measure 3 types of responses of RLC circuits to square wave input signals

4) Filters Lab

  • Solder your own circuit, which acts as any of the 4 types of filters
  • Measure the transfer functions of each type of filter, using your circuits
  • Observe and study resonance in your circuit

5) Operational Amplifier (Op Amp) Lab

  • Build several amplifiers with fixed and variable gain; study their responses
  • Build and study an active filter that can amplify and suppress signals
  • Turn your circuit into a comparator key block of a control circuit

6) Analog/Digital, and Programmable Temperature Controller Lab

  • Verify the functionality of two temperature controllers
  • Measure the voltages and determine the logic states in A/D controller
  • Change the functionality of Programmable controller by altering the C code

Additional Information
Screencasts (audio/video recordings) posted on CTools web site for registered students provide a wide variety of resources for learning: mini-lectures and problem-solving strategieslab demonstrations of key concepts, review of lab procedures and hands-on skills, etc.

1) Ganago, Alexander. /Making Sense of Electrical Engineering in the Lab: a New Lab Book for Non-EE Majors/ . 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Custom Services, 2007.

2) Ganago, Alexander. /Making Sense of Electrical Engineering 2nd Edition with EE Supplement for UMICH Set/ . 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Custom Services, 2009.

3) Hambley, Allan R. /Electrical Engineering: Principles and Applications/. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.

Key topics:

  • Basic laws of electric circuits
  • Voltage and current division
  • Maximal transfer of power from the source to the load
  • Semiconductor diodes, Operational Amplifiers (Op Amps), MOSFET transistors
  • Capacitors and inductors store electromagnetic energy
  • Responses of circuits with capacitors and inductors to time-dependent voltages
  • Filter circuits and their transfer functions; resonance
  • DC and AC power distribution circuits; transformers
  • Safety in handling electric circuits; Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter
  • Rectifiers and power supplies
  • Analog and digital electronics
  • Memory needed for data storage
  • Logic gates and a Set-Reset latch (simplest memory cell)
  • Microprocessors in computers and embedded systems
  • Sensors; analog and digital control circuits
Various OP Amp Circuits
Analog/Digital Temperature Controller
Programmable Temperature Controller Based on PSoC