ET104 – AC Electronics – Ground

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Course Syllabus

  • Course Number: ET104
  • Course Title: AC Electronics
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Effective Contact Hours: 50
  • Quarter Credit Hours: 4.0
  • Date Syllabus Last Reviewed: 1/1/11

Course Description

This course will apply the analysis techniques presented in AC Fundamentals to complex circuits driven by AC and pulsed sources. The responses of AC circuits with reactance and impedance, series and parallel resonance, and transient circuits with time constant concepts will be analyzed. Other topics include transformers and electrical filters. These concepts and circuits are analyzed in the laboratory.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the process of doping a semiconductor for both a-type and p-type material.
  2. Describe the basic construction of a diode.
  3. Draw schematic symbols for a diode identifying the anode and cathode.
  4. Describe how to forward and reverse bias a diode.
  5. Test a diode with a VOM or DMM.
  6. List the characteristics of a light-emitting diode (LED).
  7. List the forward and reverse bias characteristics of a zener diode.
  8. Explain the operation of half-wave and full-wave rectifiers.
  9. Calculate the output voltage of half-wave and full wave rectifiers.
  10. Explain the effect of a capacitor filer on the operation of half-wave and full- wave rectifiers.
  11. Calculate the voltage and current values in a loaded zener voltage regulator.
  12. Define soldering, type of soldering, and troubleshooting pointers on soldering.
  13. Power supply components such as transformer, filters, and regulators review.

Textbook(s)

Grob's Basic Electronics
Mitchel E. Schultz, Western Wisconsin Tech. Clg.
©2011, ISBN13: 9780077410094

Grob's Basic Electronics, Experiments Manual
Frank Pugh, Santa Rosa Junior College
Wes Ponick, Agilent Technologies
©2011, ISBN13: 9780077427108


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Instructional Methods

This course will combine lecture, classroom discussion, audiovisuals, hands-on experiences, online assignments and in class student assignments to facilitate students’ achievement of course objectives. The outline below is a detailed week by week outline of required readings, activities, assignments, exams and assignments for the class.

Instructional Method: G = Ground, OL = Online

Content Outline From:

Grob's Basic Electronics, 11th Edition; Mitchel E. Schultz; McGraw-Hill; ISBN-12: 9780073250859

Week 1

Lecture Objectives: After completing this week, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the process of doping a semiconductor to produce both a and p-type material.
  • Describe the basic construction of a diode.
  • Draw schematic symbols for a diode identifying the anode and cathode.
  • Describe how to forward and reverse bias a diode.
  • Test a diode with a VOM or DMM.
  • List the characteristics of a light-emitting diode (LED).
  • List the forward and reverse bias characteristics of a zener diode.
Instructional Method
Assignment/Activity G OL EQUIP
Grob: Chapter 27 Sections 1through 5 and 7 X
Lab Manual: Experiment 27-1 X 4-in-1 Trainer DMM, Scope

Week 2

Lecture Objectives: After completing this week, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the operation of half-wave and full-wave rectifiers.
  • Calculate the output voltage of half-wave and full wave rectifiers.
  • Explain the effect of a capacitor filer on the operation of half-wave and full- wave rectifiers.
  • Calculate the voltage and current values in a loaded zener voltage regulator.
Instructional Method
Assignment/Activity G OL EQUIP
Grob: Chapter 27 – section 6 X
Lab Manual: Experiment 27-3 X 4-in-1 Trainer DMM, Scope
TEST 1 (MIDTERM) X

Week 3

Lecture Objectives: After completing this week, the student will be able to:

  • Define soldering.
  • Identify the type of solder appropriate for electronic work.
  • Describe how heat transfer is accomplished.
  • Describe the physical appearance of a good solder joint.
  • List safety precautions to be followed when soldering.
  • Give two ways de-soldering is accomplished with a brief description of each.
Instructional Method
Assignment/Activity G OL EQUIP
Grob: Appendix B X
Lab Work on soldering kit projects X Power supply project

Week 4

Lecture Objectives: After completing this week, the student will be able to:

  • Predict the output voltage of the transformer section in VP of the power supply.
  • Predict the output voltage of the rectifier section of the power supply including Vripple.
  • Predict output voltage of the capacitive filter section of the power supply.
  • Predict output voltage of the regulator section.
  • Determine the percent of regulation of a regulated power supply.
  • Review for final.
Instructional Method
Assignment/Activity G OL EQUIP
Grob: Chapter 27 – complete any unfinished material X
Lab complete power supply project X Power supply project
TEST 2 (FINAL) X