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PHSX   322

Xiaobing Zhou, Associate Professor of Geophysicis

GEOP 302

Electronics  for  Scientists

Lecture: (PHSX 322 - 01): Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 - 11:50 am at ELC1066

Lab: (PHSX 322 - 11): Tuesday 3:00 pm-5:50 pm at ELC 327

Instructor: Dr. Xiaobing Zhou, Email:, Tel: 496-4350

Teaching Assistant: Echo Brown, Email:

Office Hours: M/W/F 4:00 -5:00 pm, ELC 304

Textbook (required):
Electronic Principles, A. Malvino, and D. J. Bates, 7th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2007. (text resource: see

References (recommended):

Course Description:

This course will introduce you the basic concepts, physical principles of electronic elements and elementary circuits, and circuits design in electronics. Emphasis is on analog circuit analysis; semiconductors; diode theory, diodes, and diode circuits; transistor fundamentals, transistors, BJTs, FFETs, MOSFETs; amplifiers, op-amps; logic gates; and integrated circuits. The objectives are to understand how electronic elements and circuits work and to develop capability and skills in analyzing circuits and designing functional circuits from integrated circuit building blocks..

  • 1) To understand the theory and principles of basic elements, devices, and circuits in electronics: resistor, inductance, capacitance, op-amp, logic gate, flip-flop, diodes, transistors, amplifiers;
  • 2) To be able to apply Ohm's law, KVL, KCL, Thevenin's and Norton's theorems and equivalent circuits in circuit analysis, design, and test;
  • 3) To develop the skills and capability to design, build, and test elementary analog and digital circuits using the components list in 1).

Course outcomings (complying with ABET A-K):
After this course, you should have
A. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
B. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. G. an ability to communicate effectively

Grade Policy:

Your final grade for the course will depend on your active participation in both lectures and labs, ability to understand and apply electronic theory and principles in circuit analysis, functional circuit design, presentation in the form of wring homework, lab check out, and lab reports. The final grade of the course will be determined approximately as follows:

  • Homework:                           20%
  • Lab check out and report:     15%
  • 4-5 Tests:                              65%

Grading scale observes: A=(92,100], A-=[90, 92], B+=(87, 90), B=[83, 87], B-=[80, 83), C+=(77, 80), C=[73, 77], C-=[70, 73), D+=(67, 70), D=[63, 67], D-=[60, 63), F=[0, 60). [ or ] means inclusive, ( or ) means exclusive. Also: A= 4.0, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3.0, B-=2.7, C+=2.3, C=2.0, C-=1.7, D+=1.3, D=1.0, D-=0.7, F=0.

Tentative schedule:

Date   Day   Lecture No.   Topic   Lab  
HW given  
HW Due  
Lecture 1
Lecture 2
Ohm's and Kirchhoffer's laws
Thevenin's and Norton's theorems
CH 1
Lecture 3
Lecture 4
Circuit analysis
pre Ch 2
Ch 3
HW#2 HW#1