- How often should the course meet? Twice a week? Three times a week? What is the balance between lecture time and laboratory time for this course? Should we use afternoon lectures and evening labs (like some other courses at Olin)? How long should the class/lab sessions be?
- Should the course satisfy "Graduation Requirement A" or "Graduation Requirement B" or both? What are the necessary attributes of a course that satisfies "Graduation Requirement B"?
- What topics should be covered in lecture?
- How should the reading assignments be ordered and structured?
We've also been brainstorming about lecture topics for a few weeks. Some of the suggested topics include:
- Schematic dos and don'ts
- Grounding: analog versus digital, ground planes, stars, and the chassis
- What's so special about 50 ohms?
- Noise and non-noise
- Proper use of oscilloscopes and probes
- Op-amp applications and nonidealities
- Care and feeding of A/D converters
- The wonderful (horrible) world of capacitors
- Heat sinks and thermal problems
- Power supply design
The seminar did work on a little class project that I'll talk about next week, but here's a hint:
The reading assignment last week was two chapters in Jim Williams' 1995 book: Chapter 1, "The importance of fixing" (that's another hint!) and Chapter 17, "There's no place like home". This week, the reading assignment is to start reading Bob Pease's book, Troubleshooting Analog Circuits.