Physics 234: Digital Electronics (MW section)
Jed Brody (N308, 7-5580, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.
In digital electronics, voltages are restricted to just two values, represented as 0 and 1. Amazingly, combinations of these two numbers govern all modern technology. This course introduces combinational and sequential logic. Students will acquire and apply a detailed understanding of all of the following: Boolean algebra, K maps, combinational circuits including multiplexers and arithmetic logic units, sequential circuits containing flip-flops and counters, and circuits that transmit and receive serial data. Students will develop skills in Verilog, a hardware description language used in industry to implement circuits containing thousands or millions of logic gates.
Grades will be determined as follows:
Project 1: due October 18 25%
Project 2: due December 8 25%
Test 1, Test 2 25% each
from the Department of Physics: We are all here in this class for the
same reason: to learn physics. It is unacceptable to judge your
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classmates with respect both in and out of the classroom. If you have
any concerns please talk with the teacher or the department chair,
Prof. Eric Weeks.
|Date||Topics||Book chapters||Class activity|
|Aug. 23||Logic gates||1, 2.1||Lab 1|
|Aug. 28||Boolean algebra||2.2, 3.1||Lab 1|
|Aug. 30||Implementing truth tables||2.3, 2.4||Lab 2|
|Sept. 6||Transistors||4.1, 4.4||Lab 2|
|Sept. 11||K maps||3.2||Lab 3|
|Sept. 13||Binary arithmetic||Appendix B||Lab 3|
|Sept. 18||Multiplexers||5.1||Lab 4|
|Sept. 20||7-segment displays||5.2||Lab 4|
|Sept. 25||Shifters and comparators||5.3, 6.3||Lab 5|
|Sept. 27||Adders and subtractors||6.1, 6.2||Lab 5|
|Oct. 2||TEST 1: Combinational logic|
|Oct. 4||Glitches and latches||7.1, Example 11||Project 1|
|Oct. 11||Flip-flops||7.1||Project 1|
|Oct. 16||Counters||7.4||Project 1|
|Oct. 18||Clock dividers||Example 52||Lab 6|
|Oct. 23||Switch debouncers||Examples 47, 48||Lab 6|
|Oct. 25||Multiplexing displays||Example 14||Lab 6|
|Oct. 30||Moore machines||8.1, 8.2||Lab 7|
|Nov. 1||Mealy machines||8.3||Lab 7|
|Nov. 6||Receive serial data||Lab 7|
|Nov. 8||Transmit serial data||Lab 8|
|Nov. 13||Transmit multiple bytes||Lab 8|
|Nov. 15||Receive data in Python||Lab 8|
|Nov. 20||TEST 2: Sequential logic|
|Nov. 27||Memory||11||Lab 9|
|Nov. 29||Microprocessors||de Pablo et al.||Lab 9|
|Dec. 4||Instruction sets||de Pablo et al.||Project 2|
Cole, Real Digital. Free ebook published by Digilent.
de Pablo et al., "A very simple 8-bit RISC processor for FPGA." Contains complete Verilog instructions for a microprocessor.
PicoBlaze 8-bit Embedded Microcontroller User Guide. Of possible interest to students with a strong background in computer science.
Vonk, IntroGuide to FPGA's