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Abstract Title: Contents or Discontents? Optimizing What Goes Into the Undergraduate Electronics Course
Abstract: The two-semester electronics sequence at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota explores mostly digital and microcontrollers electronics, but is this a suitable suite?  What can students handle? What do they need today (for graduate school, for the job market)?  The prerequisites are minimal (general physics II, which does basic Ohm's Law/Kirchhoff's Rules DC circuit analysis, and a tiny bit of RC); what more do they need from analog electronics (to ground future work and forestall a "black-box" mentality?)  Finally, how can this sequence be better integrated into a coherent undergraduate physics program?
Abstract Type: Contributed Presentation
Session: Session XVI - Teaching the Electronics Course

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Paul Nienaber
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #32
Department of Physics
WINONA, MN 55987
Phone: 507.457.1532