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Engineering Physics & Physics
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An Engineering Physics Introduction to Electronics for ECE Sophomores Electronic devices and circuits are fundamental parts of undergraduate curricula inelectrical engineering and computer engineering. Courses that introduce these topics typicallyemphasize either the semiconductor physics of such devices with little attention to the circuitanalysis or the circuit analysis of such devices with little attention to the device physics. A goodunderstanding of the basic operating point behavior is needed to understand more complexbehavior such as high-frequency analysis and optoelectronic systems. A good understanding ofbasic semiconductor structures and processes is needed to understand VLSI layout and design.A lower-level course that serves curricula needs of both electrical engineering and computerengineering can provide an early introduction to these important topics and can improve thelinkage between device physics and circuit behavior. Follow-on courses can then give morecomprehensive coverage of advanced concepts. A required, sophomore-level course that gives a balanced treatment of semiconductordevice physics and electronic circuit analysis is described. The course has been implemented forthe past four-years. The course topics are semiconductor physics, diodes, transistors, operationalamplifiers, and optoelectronics. The course is a prerequisite for upper-level courses inelectronics, semiconductor physics, and semiconductor circuit layout. A stronger link betweenphysical principles and device behavior and an improved sequence in electronics instruction areoutcomes. The selected topics are discussed in relation to desired curricula benchmarks and tothe alignment of core curricula for electrical and computer engineering. Also, studentperformance in a required electronics sequence is assessed before and after the implementationof this introductory course.
Watkins, S. E. (2013, June), An Engineering Physics Introduction to Electronics for ECE Sophomores Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19176
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