NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program

“Basic Analog Circuits”    Spring 2017

Instructor: Eric Rosenthal

Tues 12:10pm to 3:05pm in 406 ITPG-GT.2728.1 Room 20

“Basic Analog Circuits” course description:

Todays mostly digital world also requires a basic knowledge of circuits that do not require computer processing.  Analog circuits are simpler, lower cost, smaller and require less power and still perform many of the functions of digital circuits.  In this course students will learn about the basic principles of electricity, components such as resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, audio amplifiers, power supplies and timers and circuits that interface to digital devices.  The course includes circuits design and fabrication through lectures and hands on labs.  Students will also learn the operation of electronic test equipment such as the digital multimeter, oscilloscope and function generator.

Required text:      

  1. 1Series: ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications

  2. 2Paperback: 1280 pages

  3. 3Publisher: American Radio Relay League; 2016 - 93rd edition (October 7, 2015)

  4. 4Language: English

  5. 5ISBN-10: 1625950411

  6. 6ISBN-13: 978-1625950413

  7. 7Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.1 x 1.6 inches

  8. 8Shipping Weight: 5 pounds


Additional Reading: The Students will be provided with url’s to web sites containing information pertinent to the syllabus to read outside of class.


Classes will be instructional lectures based on the topics identified in the syllabus and hands on workshops using student owned equipment, the equipment the instructor may bring to the class for demonstration purposes or equipment that may be available from the ITP Lab. 

Grading :

Grading will be based on:

50%           Demonstration of understanding of concepts explained in the class lectures, workshops and text.

30%           Participation in class and workshops.

20%           On Time Attendance. Attendance is taken each class and is an integral part of your grade. (two absences are grounds for a Failing grade).  More than 10 minutes late counts as an absence.  If you are unable to attend class you must notify the professor before the class.

The instructor will lecture and demonstrate basic analog concepts that will form a basic rule of thumb understanding of analog circuits, concepts and components.  In the lab, students build and test analog circuits and integrate analog solutions into their project work.  

Class 1 - Lecture - Basic analog circuits concepts and Ohm’s law.  Building elements

               of analog circuits; resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors and diodes.

               Test instruments; multi-meter, oscilloscope, function generator. 


Class 2 - Lecture - Power supplies and batteries

Class 3 - LAB - Variable voltage regulated power supply

Class 4 - Lecture - Transistors, oscillators and timers

               Lab Build 3904 LED flasher

Class 5 - Lecture - 555

                Lab - Build 555 LED Flasher/555 LED Breather

Class 6 – Lecture -Analog amplifiers and operational amplifiers  

                Lab - Build LM358 electret microphone preamplifier, LM386 speaker amplifier,         

                LM358 Headphone amplifier

Class 7 -  Lecture - Radio, EM spectrum, antennas and modulation techniques,

                frequency and wavelength, shielding and coaxial cable

                Lab -  433 mhz. transceivers

Class 8 - Lecture - Filters RLC and resonance

                Lab - Demonstration of LC resonance

Class 9 - Lecture - Sensors and transducers;  speakers, microphones, temperature,

                  photo,  proximity

                  LAB - Students build circuit of their choice using sensor of their choice

                  attached to transistor/LM358 or Arduino to perform some sort of function

Class 10 - Lecture - Diode and transistor logic to eliminate or replace IC Logic

                 LAB - Build a Transistor and Diode Logic combination lock

Class 11 – Lecture - Stepper motors and PWM control of non stepper motor speed

                  and lamp dimming Pages 809-821.

                  Lab - PWM driving of motors using LM555 and TIP120 including lamp


Class 12  -  Evals

                    Lecture - Shift registers, RS232/485/Midi/DMX512

                    Lab - Build an ultrasonic bug repeller

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