An introduction to network analysis, the physics of semiconductors, p-n junctions, transistors and integrated circuits. Other topics include linear and digital signal processing, signal enhancement, interdomain conversion and microprocessors.


This course provides physics students with the fundamental electronic principles needed for advanced study in physics laboratories and graduate school. Upon successful completion of the course material, students will be able to: Qualitatively and quantitatively describe the operation of operational amplifiers in a variety of signal processing applications. Demonstrate the ability to use and to analyze circuits containing digital to analog (DAC) and analog to digital converters (ADC). Learn the proper use of modern test equipment and be able to write simple computer programs which will interface the computer (transfer data to and from) to ADC's, DAC's and registers. Build and analyze the basic digital circuits which become the building blocks for more complex circuits which are used in computers and digital instruments. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the physics of semiconductors, diodes and transistors.

Material Covered

Linear circuit models of real amplifiers: Effects of input and output impedances. Frequency response. Properties of differential and operational amplifiers: Positive feedback and operational amplifiers: RC phase shift and Wien bridge oscillators.

Planning Your Program

Who should take this course?
Students majoring in physics, including Honours, Theoretical, and Co-op physics.

Prerequisites: PHYS*2470