ENGG 129: Instrumentation and Measurements
Can be used by undergraduates for A.B. course count only
A very significant part of designing electronic instruments involves selecting the appropriate physical devices to translate quantities to be measured into voltages or currents that can be sensed with electronic circuits. The range of sensors and transducers available will be studied with examples from industry and medical instrumentation. The course will explore in some detail the use of analog to digital (A/D) and digital to analog (D/A) converters and their applications. Students will also learn to use complete A/D-microprocessor-D/A systems since these are part of nearly all instruments now. In this course students will learn to build a complete instrument by combining analog and digital components and using advanced algorithms. We will review the basic concepts from analog electronics and real-time event driven programming one needs to understand in order to construct such instruments and experiment through a series of labs. The course will culminate with group projects to induce the students to go through the design process on a problem of their choice.