Looking for collaboration.

Blog Post created by dmercer Employee on May 23, 2012

I've been working on a number of lab experiments around the new Analog Discovery Lab Hardware kit. These are mostly targeted at introductory EE courses like Electronics I and Electronics II. Many of them are re-adaptations of activities I'd developed earlier for use with the Rensselaer Mobile Studio Lab I/O board (the so called RED2).

I'd like to solicit interest from the greater community out there in helping further develop these lab experiments though collaboration with potential faculty users at Universities considering the deployment of the Analog Discovery lab hardware in their classes. I’ve included an outline of the materials in development so far. There are more than 20 modules so far. Some modules are just about fully fleshed out but others are not as complete and in need of further development work. All the circuits have been built and tested with the Discovery hardware (or the older RED2 hardware).

While the activities outlined here are aligned with the traditional typical introductory electronics course syllabus, I’ve also been thinking about developing lab activities that student experimenters might relate to centered around every day electronic items that generate and use signals that could be studied using the instruments in the Analog Discovery kit. With everything going digital these days it is becoming harder and harder to come up with common electronic gadgets that produce analog signals. A couple that I’ve thought of are: the plain old touch-tone phone and the analog video outputs from DVD players and camcorders. Both of these produce interesting and complex analog waveforms. The infra-red remote control might be another example. I’d be interested in hearing about any other ideas that you all might think of.

I’ve also been spending some time in developing an eBook text to go along with these lab experiments. The idea is to have one or more lab exercises to go along with each chapter in the text again targeted at undergraduate courses like Electronics I and II. The emphasis leans more toward transistor level analog and mixed-signal topics rather than transistor level digital circuits. This material could of course be expanded down the road to cover more of these digital circuits and topics or offered as a separate standalone eText with its own labs.


So let's get the discussion going. I would like to ask community members who are interested to comment on the blog post.