The BRADLEY DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING

ECE 2214 Physical Electronics | ECE | Virginia Tech

Undergraduate PROGRAMS

Course Information

Description

Fundamentals of electrostatics and magnetostatics, transmission lines, impedance matching networks, electromagnetic (EM) waves, and basic operating principles of diodes and metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). Designing MOSFET biasing, and single-ended and differential amplifier circuits. Basic operating principles of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) device and its application as a digital inverter. Electronic circuit design adhering to professional and ethical practices.

Why take this course?

Physical electronics is designed to be a fundamental view of electronics and electromagnetics. The course will cover a range of topics identified as most relevant to the field while preparing students for subsequent, junior-level courses. Electronics is the introduction to electronic devices and their operating principles and is the foundation for modern electrical and computer engineering. Devices including MOSFETs and CMOS are the basic components of most electronic circuits. Major applications will focus on MOSFET transistor circuits including DC bias and small signal modelling of the transistor as an amplifier. Electromagnetics provides the mathematical description of all electrical phenomena, and therefore it provides the analysis and design of electrical devices and systems. Modern applications of electromagnetics are broad and include wireless communication systems, global navigation systems, bioelectrical phenomena, high-speed computers and computer networks, and electromagnetic phenomena in Earth's near-space environment (space weather) as well as electrical, optical, and photonic devices.

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Determine capacitance and inductance of devices using principles of electrostatics and magnetostatics.
  • 2. Employ the fundamental principles of transmission lines and analyze impedance matching.
  • 3. Apply concepts of electromagnetic (EM) waves.
  • 4. Explain the fundamentals of semiconductor materials and diode operation.
  • 5. Analyze metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFET) biasing circuits.
  • 6. Perform analysis on single-ended and differential MOSFET amplifier circuits.
  • 7. Employ the operating principles of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS).
  • 8. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in the field of electrical and computer engineering.

Course Topics

Topic

Percentage of Course

Applications of electrostatics and magnetostatics 20%
Transmission lines, impedance matching, EM waves 20%
Fundamentals of semiconductors and diodes 10%
MOSFET principles and applications 20%
Single-ended and differential amplifier circuits 10%
CMOS principles and applications 15%
Professional and ethical practices 5%