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PX140 - Electronics Workshop

  • Module code: PX140
  • Module name: Electronics Workshop
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 6

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To cover the design and operation of some basic electronic circuits and to familiarise students with the electronic instrumentation used to investigate and monitor circuit performance.

Principal learning outcomes

On completion of the module you should be able to:; Describe how simple circuits involving resistors, capacitors and diodes respond to applied steady and alternating voltages. Describe the behaviour of voltage dividers, capacitor charging, high and low pass filters and a rectifying circuit; Describe n and p-type semiconductors, their application in diodes and bipolar transistors and current flow in these devices when steady voltages are applied; Describe how the bipolar transistor can be used in constant current, common emitter amplifier and switching circuits and provide some design input to this circuitry; Describe the principal characteristics of the operational amplifier (op-amp) and how it can be used in basic electronic circuits such as non-inverting/inverting/summing/differential amplifiers, buffer circuits and integrating/differentiating circuits; Give an account of the principal gates used in Boolean digital operations and their combination in logic circuits together with the determination and analysis of the switching function of some logic circuits using appropriate Boolean algebra, truth tables and Karnaugh maps;You should also be able to use oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal generators, digital voltmeters and determine resistor values from colour coding.

Timetabled teaching activities

Four workshops each of 5 hours duration.

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Other essential notes

Electronic instrumentation is widely used in virtually all areas of experimental physics. Whilst it is not essential for all experimental physicists to know, for example, how to make a low noise amplifier, it is extremely useful for them to have some knowledge of electronics. This workshop (and the one next year) introduce some of the basic electronics which is used regularly by physicists.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
6 CATS (Module code: PX140-6)
A (Assessed work only) Electronics workshop 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Physics (MPhys) (F303) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Physics and Business Studies (F3N1) - Year 1
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