Brandeis University Physics 29a
Fall 2018 Kevan Hashemi

Physics 29A, Electronics Laboratory, Syllabus


An introduction to analog and digital electronic circuits. Six scheduled hours a week, including one lecture and one quiz. Most scheduled time is spent in the electronics laboratory assembling and testing electronic circuits. Students should expect to spend another six hours outside class studying the material, preparing for the quiz, and consulting the instructors with their questions. Office hours and additional laboratory time will be available.


Voltage, Current, and Resistors Capactitors, Inductors, and Impedance
Frequency Response and Step Response Diodes and Rectification
Transformers and Power Supplies Transistors and Audio Amplifiers
Amplitude-Modulated Radio Reception Operational Amplifiers
Combinatorial Logic Oscillators and Clocks
Registers and Counters Analog to Digital Conversion


Notes: Lecture notes to accompany the course will be available on Latte a few days before each lecture, along with previous quiz questions for practice.

This course has no required text book. We recommend The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill (any edition) as an electronics reference book that will prove valuable in the long term. We recommend Basic Electronics: An Introduction to Electronics for Science Students by Curtis Meyer (2nd Edition, from, search for Curtis Meyer) as a reference text for the derivations required by the first half of the course.

For Laboratory Work: electronic components, wires, wire cutters, oscilloscope, voltmeter, breadboard, function generator, and power supply.

For Analysis: calculators and spreadsheets.

Note from the Dean: "Success in this 4 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend a minimum of 6 hours of study time per week in preparation for class (readings, papers, discussion sections, preparation for exams, etc.)."