Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Electronic circuits
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Physical Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Bardella Paolo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-INF/01 62 0 18 0 6
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
B - Caratterizzanti
Ingegneria elettronica
Ingegneria elettronica
Subject fundamentals
The Electronic Circuit Course introduces students to the basic concepts of analog circuit electronics that will be used in subsequent courses. The Course focuses on circuit models of active devices and their use in elementary circuits. The combination of several fundamental stages leads to the study of more complex feedback loops whose properties are analyzed in the Course. A considerable amount of time is dedicated to introduce the fundamentals of electronic measurements, with both systematic aspects (such as uncertainty issues) and practical aspects of laboratory instrumentation; laboratory experiments are carried out on circuits studied in the course.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will have a knowledge of the models of active devices, elementary amplifier configurations, and the effect of feedback on the circuits. After this Course, the student will be able to analyze simple discrete transistor amplifier circuits, calculating their operating point, their transfer functions and their impedances, using a wide range of calculation methods, both based on simulations (Spice) and manual calculations.
The student will also be able to use the principal laboratory measure instruments and to evaluate the measurements uncertainties.
In detail, the student will be able to:
- Calculate the polarization conditions of an amplifier with bipolar and mos transistors
- Find the equivalent circuit of the active elements
- Determine the type of feedback and evaluate its effects
- Calculate transfer functions and impedances
- Assess which calculation methods best fit the circuit being analysed
- Know the fundamental aspects of laboratory measurements and the rules for the uncertainty propagation according to the deterministic model
- Predict the uncertainty of an indirect measurement according to the deterministic model
- Know the use of basic laboratory equipment
- Use basic laboratory instrumentation
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Mathematics: Derivatives, integrals, Taylor and Fourier series. Solution of linear and non-equation systems.
Electrotechnics: methods of linear network solutions (time and frequency), Bode diagrams, symbolic calculus.
Devices: Descriptive Equations of Electronic Components.
• Mathematical model and diode circuits, BJT and MOS in large and small signal. (15%)
• Amplifiers at BJT and MOS (10%)
• Multi-stage amplifiers (10%)
• Feedback (10%)
• High-frequency performance of active devices (5%)
• Methods for calculating transfer functions and impedances (Miller, Driving Point Impedance, generalized time constants) (10%)
• Fundamentals of measurement (10%)
• Instrumentation and methods (20%)
• Sensors (10%)
Delivery modes
In addition to classroom lessons and exercises, laboratory exercises and simulation of electronic circuits are planned:
• Laboratory: exercises for the use of basic instrumentation and calculation of uncertainties in typical laboratory measurements. Mounting and measurement of simple transistor circuits.
o Use of voltmeters and numeric ammeters (characteristic of an electronic device)
o Reliability of frequency response of an amplifier by digital oscilloscope
o Use of sensors
• Simulation: use of the circuit simulator LTSpice.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
C. Beccari: Circuiti Elettronici, CLUT Torino
Jaeger-Blalock: Microelectronic Circuit Design, McGraw-Hill
Sedra–Smith: Microelectronic Circuits, 6th Ed. Oxford University Press (in italian: Sedra–Smith: Circuiti per la Microelettronica, 4 ed. EdiSES)
A.Carullo, U. Pisani, A. Vallan: Fondamenti di misure e strumentazione elettronica, CLUT Torino
Notes from the course, and examples of exercises on the teaching portal
Assessment and grading criteria
The exam aims to ensure the knowledge of the topics listed in the Program and the ability to apply theory and methods to the solution of exercises. The examination consists of a written part and a subsequent compulsory oral part. The final vote is determined taking into account both written and oral tests.
The 2-hour written test is divided into two parts, one focused on measurements (theory and exercises) and one related to circuit theory (theory and solution of problems). During the test, students are not allowed to consult any teaching material. Both parts must be sufficient to pass the written test.
The oral exam, reserved for students who passed the written test, provides theoretical and practical questions on electronic circuits, laboratory exercises and circuit simulation. Generally, the written and oral parts must be taken in the same exam session.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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