In this lecture course you will learn the fundamentals of electronics beginning with simple electrical theory. You’ll explore the role of different components and devices, learn the laws governing their behaviours and should develop an understanding of basic circuitry. You will learn about Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s laws, resistances, voltages, DC and AC currents, capacitors, inductors, diodes, junctions, transistors and MOSFETS. You’ll also cover the basics of digital electronics (logic gates and Boolean algebra). We will look at how combinations of discrete devices can be used to build up more complex circuitry and you will have the opportunity to see how electronics can be used to build up the technology which we are most familiar today from flat-screen TVs and smartphones to mars rovers. Nearly everything we use in this day and age relies on electronics. We hope that throughout this course you learn to appreciate how the technology around you functions and we hope to pull apart some electronic devices to explore their inner workings.
• To acquaint the student with the basics of analogue and digital electronics, and their differences. • To understand how components in various direct and alternating current circuits behave. • To introduce semiconductor physics, particularly diode and transistor characteristics and their applications (although further detail can be found in PHY3003 Solid State Physics). • To provide an introduction to digital logic, its operations, principles and applications. • To describe the theoretical background required to successfully build and test circuits in the co-skill PRA2006. • To give an overview of how some everyday electronic devices and technologies function.