Circuits and Electronics : Hands-on Learning with Analog Discovery book cover
1st Edition

Circuits and Electronics
Hands-on Learning with Analog Discovery

ISBN 9781138297326
Published November 10, 2017 by CRC Press
187 Pages

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Book Description

The book provides instructions on building circuits on breadboards, connecting the Analog Discovery wires to the circuit under test, and making electrical measurements. Various measurement techniques are described and used in this book, including: impedance measurements, complex power measurements, frequency response measurements, power spectrum measurements, current versus voltage characteristic measurements of diodes, bipolar junction transistors, and Mosfets. The book includes end-of-chapter problems for additional exercises geared towards hands-on learning, experimentation, comparisons between measured results and those obtained from theoretical calculations.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Virtual Instruments of the Analog Discovery Board

1.1 Analog Discovery Board

1.2 WaveForms Software

1.3 Power Supplies

1.4 Voltmeters

1.5 Arbitrary Waveform Generators

1.6 Oscilloscope

1.7 Network Analyzer

1.8 Spectrum Analyzer


Chapter 2: Basic Circuit Laws

2.1 Ohm’s Law

2.2 Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law

2.3 Kirchhoff’s Current Law

2.4 Linearity Property

2.5 Thevenin and Norton Theorems


Chapter 3: Transient Analysis

3.1 RC Circuits

3.2 RL Circuits

3.3 RLC Circuits


Chapter 4: Impedance, Power Calculation and Frequency Response

4.1 Impedance Measurements

4.2 RMS Values

4.3 Complex Power

4.4 Frequency Response


Chapter 5: Operational Amplifiers

5.1 Properties of the Op Amp

5.2 Inverting Amplifier

5.3 Non-inverting Amplifier

5.4 Weighted Summer

5.5 Integrator and Differentiator

5.6 Active Filter Circuit


Chapter 6: Diodes

6.1 Diode Characteristics

6.2 Half-Wave Rectification

6.3 Peak Detector

6.4 Full-Wave Rectification

6.5 Full-Wave Rectification with Smoothing Filter


Chapter 7: Transistors

7.1 Bipolar Junction Transistors

7.2 Mosfet Characteristics

7.3 Biasing of BJT Amplifiers

7.4 Biasing of MOSFET Amplifiers

7.5 Frequency Response of BJT Amplifiers

7.6 Frequency Response of MOSFET Amplifiers





Example 1.1 Use of the Analog Discovery Power Supply and Voltmeter

Example 1.2 Resistor-LED Circuits

Example 1.3 Arbitrary Waveform Generator Signal Displayed on ADB Scope

Example 1.4 Magnitude and Phase Characteristics of a RLC Circuit

Example 1.5 Frequency Response of a Square Wave

Example 2.1 Ohm’s Law

Example 2.2 Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law

Example 2.3 Kirchhoff’s Current Law

Example 2.4 Homogeneity Property of Linear Circuit

Example 2.5 Thevenin’s and Norton’s Equivalent Circuit

Example 3.1 Charging and Discharging of a Capacitor

Example 3.2 Charging and Discharging of an Inductor

Example 3.3 Transient Response of RLC Circuit

Example 4.1 Determining the Impedance of a Circuit

Example 4.2 RMS Values of Two Periodic Signals

Example 4.3 Determining the Complex Power of a Circuit

Example 4.4 Frequency Response of a RLC Resonant Circuit

Example 5.1 Inverting Amplifier

Example 5.2 Non-inverting Amplifier

Example 5.3 Summer Amplifier

Example 5.4 Converting Square Wave to Triangular Waveform

Example 5.5 Frequency Response of a Notched Filter

Example 6.1 Diode Characteristics

Example 6.2 Half-Wave Rectification

Example 6.3 Battery Charging Circuit

Example 6.4 Ripple Voltage of Half-wave Rectifier

Example 6.5 Full-wave Bridge Rectifier

Example 6.6 Full-wave Rectification with Smoothing Filter

Example 7.1 BJT Output Characteristics

Example 7.2 BJT Input Characteristics

Example 7.3 Output Characteristics of N-channel MOSFET

Example 7.4 Input Characteristics of N-channel MOSFET

Example 7.5 Bias Point of BJT Amplifier Circuit

Example 7.6 Bias Point of MOSFET Amplifier Circuit

Example 7.7 Frequency Response of Common Emitter Amplifier

Example 7.8 Characteristics of Emitter Follower Circuit

Example 7.9 Frequency Response of Common Source Amplifier

Example 7.10 Frequency Response of Common Drain Amplifier

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Dr. John Okyere Attia is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. He was the Department Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from 1997 to 2013. Dr. Attia earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston, an M.S. from University of Toronto and a B.S. from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Attia teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the field of Electronics, Circuit Analysis, Instrumentation Systems, Digital Signal Processing and VLSI Design. His research interests include hands-on learning, power electronics for microgrid, innovative electronic circuit designs for radiation environment, and radiation testing methodologies of electronic devices, and circuits.

Dr. Attia has worked on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Dr. Attia has more than 80 technical publications. He has published in refereed journal papers and refereed conference papers. In addition, he is the author of five books published by the CRC Press. His most recent books are Electronics and Circuit Analysis Using MATLAB, 2nd Edition, and "PSPICE and MATLAB for Electronics: An Integrated Approach," 2nd Edition.

Dr. Attia has received several honors. Amongst them are the Most Outstanding Senior in the Graduating Class, the Outstanding Teacher Award, Exemplary University Achiever, and the University Leader Award. Dr. Attia is a member of the following honor societies: Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Kappa Alpha Kappa, and Eta Kappa Nu. In addition, Dr. Attia is an ABET program evaluator for Electrical and Computer Engineering programs. Furthermore, he is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.


"The Analog Discovery book is a very excellent learning kit for the novice in analog circuits. This book is definitely an indispensable textbook and reference for this kit."
Ming-Bo Lin, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

"An excellent introduction to the Analog Discovery board. An excellent combination of basic circuit theory and experimental lab exercises, with a good introductory theory for each experimental setup. The ideal companion to a theoretical textbook. Accessible for students at a very early stage in their studies."
Erik Bruun, Technical University of Denmark

"Circuits and Electronics: Hands-on Learning with Analog Discovery can be used in a one or two-semester Introductory circuit analysis or circuit theory course taught in Electrical or Computer Engineering Programs. It covers Analog Discovery. This hands-on-learning design approach gives students and professors the freedom and creativity to expand the scope of course materials and explore real-time design scenarios right in the classroom. In this way, the relationship between conceptual understanding and problem solving approaches is emphasized. The book then provides students with a strong foundation of engineering practices."
Tertulien Ndjountche, P.ENG, Ottawa, Canada