Introduction to analog electronics

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Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba

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Want to learn about electronics? Want to read the circuits behind sensors and actuators? This course is directed people curious about the electronic world, in special students from the 2nd or 3rd years of engineering and physics undergraduate courses. The aim is to provide to students the base tools and the skills needed to analyze and to project primary electronic circuits. The course’s scope embraces circuit analysis techniques, the principles of semi-conductive materials and the working mechanisms related to electronic components, such as regular diodes, Zener diodes, LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) and BJTs (Bipolar Junction Transistors). Beyond their working mechanisms, the course also addresses the application of these components for both Direct Current (e.g., logic gate, voltage limiter) and Alternating Current (e.g., rectifier, signal switch, amplifier) applications.
The course will be based on synchronous online lectures and asynchronous activities, such as questionnaires, circuit simulations and a final project. At the beginning of the course, students will be grouped in teams of 3-4 people to start working at the final project, that will account for 50% of the final grade. The course is divided in 4 different topics: Circuit Analysis, Semi-conductive Materials, Diodes and Bipolar Junction Transistors. During each topic, the students are required to answer some online questionnaires, as well as to perform some circuit simulations using the free online tool PartSim ( In addition, at the end of each topic, the teams will deliver partials reports related to the progress on the final project.
0. What is Electronics? 1. Introduction to circuit analysis. Ohm law. Power Laws. Kirchhoff's circuit laws 2. Semi-conductive materials. Type-n and Type-p material. Semi-conductive junction. 3. Diode: Ideal x Real. Zener, LED and other special diodes. Rectifiers, voltage limitation and other applications 4. Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJTs). BJT NPN-type and PNP-type. Applications and project specifications.
Indicative reading: 
Boylestad, R. L.; Nashelsky, L. 2015. Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory. 11th Edition. Pearson: London; Sedra, A. S.; Smith, K. C. 2010. Microelectronic Circuits. Oxford University Press: Oxford; PartSim. 2015. PartSim Help. Available at:
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