EE252 Electronics 1


Catalog description

EE-251. Electronics 1
Credits: 3
Circuit concepts involving nonideal components, particularly diodes, bipolar transistors, and MOS transistors. Bias, load line and signal amplification principles. Analysis and design of power supply and amplifier circuits, including power amplifiers. Simulation of circuits for design and analysis.
Pre-Requisite: EE-211.

This course is a basic introduction to electronic components for EE students. Electronic components differ from passive components in being nonlinear and depending on the behavior of electrons rather than just current as normally defined. The first electron devices were Vacuum tubes, in which electrons could flow from a hot cathode to a relatively cold anode. Early semiconductors were discovered using such things as galena crystals, but not well understood until the beginning of the semiconductor age in the 1950s and 60s, when the use of transistors became pervasive. So, in this course we are looking at these electronic devices, diodes and transistors. We will follow that up with the analysis and design of representative applications, especially focused on amplification using transistors.

EE251 include only a lecture component. Once upon a time there was a lab with it, but there was considerable overlap on other courses, and a 4th lab during the fourth semester was a bit much. Devices are tested in Microfab, transistor circuits are used in some other courses, and diodes and power supplies get some coverage in measurement lab.

The documents below include the syllabus and several tutorials and other materials also used in EE252. Additional materials will be added as necessary.

Course materials

Spring 2019
  • Syllabus for Spring 2019
  • PSPICE Tutorial
  • MOSFETs in PSpice
  • PSPice graph editing