ENG 10 – Fundamentals of engineering applications
ECE 5 – Introduction to Electrical Engineering: Making, Breaking, and Hacking Stuff
A laboratory-lecture-project course featuring creation of an experimental apparatus in teams of about two. Emphasis is on electronic sensing of the physical environment and actuating physical responses. The course will use a computer interface such as the Arduino. Physics 124 was formerly numbered Physics 120B. Program or material fee may apply. Prerequisites: Physics 120. (W)
The first five weeks of the course will familiarize students with the Arduino microcontroller package (indeed, as if we were still in the late 90’s), as well as various sensors and actuators. The second half of the quarter will focus on a creative project using many of these pieces. Weekly lab assignments in the first half will ensure that students are on track, and will account for a third of the grade. Midway through the quarter, a project proposal will be evaluated considering feasibility, appropriate level, and available resources. Discipline and steady progress (tortoise preferred over hare) will be important to seeing the project through, as well as good communication/coordination with partner. During the time scheduled for the final, a demonstration of all projects will take place, open to others in the department. Performance on the project will account for the remainder of the grade, with some consideration toward noted presence in lecture and lab.
Grading scheme Fall 2017, tentative:
4% participation/attendance of lecture/piazza
36% four structured labs (9% each)
10% midterm to demonstrate simple coding
50% creative project: proposal 10%, implementation 12%, successful demo 10%, live and video presentation (individually graded) 5%, final report 10%, workbench/Arduino box cleanup 3%, 5% extra credit for best project prices (2 prices)
Late labs (even by an hour) incur grade-point penalty.
The box should contain: Arduino, LCD shield, motor shield, keypad, USB cable, small breadboard(s), wire jumpers, 6+ LEDs in three colors, two tricolor LEDs, two photocells, a button switch, resistors, a servo motor, servo horns, a DC motor, a stepper motor. Quad-comparator chip (LM339 or two LM311), two phototransistors, proximity sensor!, all neatly fit in the provided two plastic boxes (leave open if neat means leaving it so).