EECSUniversity of California Berkeley

EE 42 Introduction to Digital Electronics
EE 43 Introductory Electronics Lab
EE 100 Electronic Techniques for Engineering

Spring 2006


Welcome to the EE43/100 lab! The basic purpose of this laboratory course is to teach students how to use electronic test equipment, to familiarize them with the characteristics of basic circuit elements (resistors, capacitors, diodes and transistors), to give them experience in designing, building, and debugging circuits, and to illustrate how electronic principles relate to modern digital systems.

The EE43/100 lab is located on the first floor of Cory Hall, room 140. The lab is open whenever there is a TA present in the lab. You are more than welcome to use the lab whenever a TA is present to learn more about the experiments and the course. However, please note that if the lab is full, the TA may not be able to accommodate you. There is no weekend or after hours access. The experiments will not be too difficult and you should easily be able to finish them in the allotted time. Only the TAs, instructors and support personnel have card key access to the lab.

Please do not forget the concepts of any lab after you complete it. The experiments build on your knowledge from the previous lab. In addition, we cannot describe every possible setup of your instruments. It is up to you to play with the instruments (short of breaking them) to find out more. Ask questions and find answers use the Internet, ask your TA, your peers etc. Enjoy.

Lab Assignments

All labs (both prelab and report) must be passed in order to receive a passing grade in the course. If you come to lab prepared, and give your best effort, passing should not be a problem. We want this to be an interesting and fun exploratory experience.

There will be a prelab assignment for each of the experiments. Each individual in each lab group must submit the prelab assignment before beginning the experiment in lab.

There will be a lab report assignment for each of the experiments. Each team should complete the lab report during lab.

Turn in lab assignments on time--late assignments can jeopardize your grade (and make things difficult for your GSI). If you need to miss a lab, let your GSI know in advance, and you can attend another section that week. If you need more time to complete a lab, check the Lab Schedule. You may work in the lab at one of the extra lab stations in the back of the room, as long as the GSI on duty gives you permission to do so. You may not be present in the lab when there is no staff member on duty.

Lab Grading

Lab Documents

Please print these out before coming to lab. Appendices are listed below the table.

Topic and DatePrelabLab GuideLab Report
Lab 1
Introduction Prelab Lab Guide Lab Report
Jan 24 - Jan 30 Also read Appendix 1.
Lab 2
Oscilloscopes Prelab Lab Guide Lab Report
Jan 31 - Feb 6
Lab 3
Equivalent Circuits Prelab Lab Guide Lab Report
Feb 7 - Feb 13
Lab 4
RC Circuits Prelab Lab Guide Lab Report
Feb 14 - Feb 20 Also read Appendix 2.
Lab 5
Smart Dust Prelab Lab Guide Lab Report
Feb 21 - Feb 27
Lab 6
RC Filters Prelab Lab Guide Lab Report
Feb 28 - Mar 6 Log-log graph paper | Guide to phasors (read!)
Screenshot of complete Signal Express sweep
Description of simulation and instrumentation software (XLS)
Lab 7
Op-Amps Prelab Lab Guide Lab Report
Mar 7 - Mar 13 See also Appendix 3.
No Lab
Mar 14 - Mar 20
Lab 8
MOSFETs Prelab Lab Guide Lab Report
Mar 21 - Mar 24, Apr 3
Spring Break
Mar 25 - Apr 2
Lab 9
Digital Logic Prelab Lab Guide Lab Report
Apr 4 - Apr 10
Lab 10
Final Project: Audio Amplifier, Part 1 Prelab Lab Guide Lab Report
Apr 11 - Apr 17 Full-wave Rectifier Info (PPT)
Lab 11
Final Project: Audio Amplifier, Part 2 Prelab Lab Guide Lab Report
Apr 18 - Apr 24

catch up/makeup
Apr 25 - May 1


  1. Resistors
  2. Capacitors
  3. LMC6482 Datasheet
  4. LED Color, Voltage Chart