EE 16B | Designing Information Devices and Systems II

Fall 2016


Wk Date Lecture Topic Section Lab Homework
008/23 TuNo lectureHomework 0
08/25 ThCircuits/IntroSection 0B: Algebra and op-amp review
108/30 TuCircuits - transistorsSection 1A: Numbers and transistorsIntroduction to DebuggingHomework 1
09/01 ThCircuits - RC transientsSection 1B: Complex numbers
209/06 TuCircuits - inductors and 2nd order ODEsSection 2A: RC circuitsDigital to Analog ConverterHomework 2
09/08 ThCircuits - phasor domainSection 2B: RLC circuits and second-order equations
309/13 TuCircuits - transfer functionsSection 3A: PhasorsAnalog to Digital ConverterHomework 3
09/15 ThCircuits - bode plotsSection 3B: Transfer functions
409/20 TuControl - State space representationSection 4A: Bode plotsMystery Circuit and Assembly of Mic BoardsHomework 4
09/22 ThControl - Linearization and stabilitySection 4B: Change of basis
509/27 TuControl - stability continuedSection 5A: Midterm reviewColor Organ: Part IHomework 5
09/29 ThControl - predicting system behaviour from eigenvaluesSection 5B: Linearization
610/04 TuControl - controllabilitySection 6A: System stabilityColor Organ: Part IIHomework 6
10/06 ThControl - state feedback controlSection 6B: Controllability
710/11 TuControl - state feedback control, continuedSection 7A: Block diagramsMic Circuit: Part IHomework 7
10/13 ThControl - outputs, observability, and observersSection 7B: Open loop feedback control
810/18 TuControl - observers continuedSection 8A: Controller canonical formsMic Circuit: Part IIHomework 8
10/20 ThSVD - overview and demoSection 8B: Observers and observability
910/25 TuSVD - procedureSection 9A: Midterm reviewIntroduction to Controls: Part IHomework 9
10/27 ThSVD - geometric interpretationSection 9B: SVD
1011/01 TuK-meansSection 10A: Financial analysis with PCAIntroduction to Controls: Part IIHomework 10
11/03 ThSampling/Interpolation - polynomial interpolationSection 10B: Symmetric matrices
1111/08 TuSampling/Interpolation - interpolation and sampling theoremSection 11A: Polynomial interpolation, zero-order holdSVD/PCAHomework 11
11/10 ThSampling/Interpolation - aliasing and controlSection 11B: Sinc interpolation
1211/15 TuDFTSection 12A: DFT sinusoids and LTIAdvanced ControlsHomework 12
11/17 ThDFT - continuedSection 12B: Roots of unity
1311/22 TuLTI systemsSection 13A: LTI systemsHomework 13
11/24 ThThanksgiving break - NO LECTURE
1411/29 TuLTI systems and DFTSection 14A: Impulse responseIntegration
12/01 ThWirelessSection 14B: DFT and LTI systems
1512/06 TuReview I
12/08 ThReview II
1612/13 Tu3-6pm Final Exam
12/15 ThNo lecture

Weekly Schedule

Course Staff


Murat Arcak

Michel Maharbiz


Reia Cho
Administrative TA
Rachel Zhang
Administrative TA
Anastasia Shuler
Lab TA
Brian Kilberg
Content TA
Charles Zhang
Lab TA
Deborah Soung
Discussion TA
Edward Wang
Lab TA
John Maidens
Content TA
Juan Duarte
Lab TA
Saavan Patel
Discussion and Content TA
Siddharth Iyer
Discussion and Content TA
Sudip Guha
Lab TA
Varun Mishra
Discussion TA

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Grade Breakdown

  • Homework: 10%
  • Labs: 30%
  • Midterm 1: 15%
  • Midterm 2: 15%
  • Final: 30%

Homework Party

Every week there will be a "homework party." This is completely optional. GSIs will be present in shifts as will some readers. Students are expected to help each other out, and if desired, form ad-hoc "pickup" homework groups in the style of a pickup basketball game.

Homework Grading

The primary way that the homework will be graded is by yourselves. Homework is always due Mondays at noon. You need to turn in both your code in the form of an ipynb file and a .pdf file consisting of your written-up solutions that also includes a "printout" of your code.

After the HW deadline, official solutions will be posted online and then you will be expected to read them and enter your own scores and comments for every part of every problem in the homework on a simple coarse scale:

0 = didn't attempt or very very wrong,
2 = got started and made some progress, but went off in the wrong direction or with no clear direction,
5 = right direction and got half-way there,
8 = mostly right but a minor thing missing or wrong,
10 = 100% correct.

Note: all partial credit must be justified with a comment. If you are really confused about how to grade a particular problem, you are given a limited number of "I don't know" skips that you can use on every assignment. You always get at least two, and more if the HW has lots of parts. This is not supposed to be a stressful process and the skips are there to let you not obsess about how to grade any one part.

Your self-grades will be due Thursday at noon after the homework deadline and if you don't properly enter any grades by the self-grading deadline, you are giving yourself a zero on that assignment. Just doing the homework is not enough, you have to do the homework, turn it in on time, read the solutions, do the self-grades, and turn them in on time. Unless all of these steps are done, you get a zero for that assignment. We will be dropping your lowest-scored homework from your final grade calculation, so getting a single zero on a HW is not the end of the world.

Just as we encourage you to use a study group for doing your homework, we strongly encourage you to have others help you in grading your assignments while you help grade theirs. This will also help you avoid self-favoritism.

The readers are going to be grading and sending you occasional comments. Because we have reader grades, we will catch any attempts at trying to inflate your own scores. This will be considered cheating and is definitely not worth the risk. Your own scores will be used in computing your final grade for the course, adjusted a bit by taking into account reader scores so that everyone is effectively fairly graded on the same scale. (E.g. If we notice that you statistically tend to shade 8s into 5s a bit much as compared to the readers looking at your homeworks, we will apply a correction to pull your scores up a bit.)

If you have any questions, please ask on Piazza.

Extra credit will be available for many creative activities including helping us debug issues with the class and coming up with constructive solutions. (For example: creating practice problems with solutions, providing patches to bugs in labs and homeworks, etc...) Talk with your GSI in person or post on Piazza if you want to get feedback from the entire class.

Course Communication

The instructors and TA will post announcements, clarifications, hints, etc. on Piazza. Hence you must check the EE16B Piazza page frequently throughout the term. (You should already have access to the EE16B Fall 2016 forum. If you do not, please let us know.) If you have a question, your best option is to post a message there. The staff (instructors and TAs) will check the forum regularly, and if you use the forum, other students will be able to help you too. When using the forum, please avoid off-topic discussions, and please do not post answers to homework questions before the homework is due.

If your question is personal or not of interest to other students, you may mark your question as private on Piazza, so only the instructors will see it. If you wish to talk with one of us individually, you are welcome to come to our office hours. Please reserve email for the questions you can't get answered in office hours, in discussion sections, or through the forum.

It can be challenging for the instructors to gauge how smoothly the class is going. We always welcome any feedback on what we could be doing better. If you would like to send anonymous comments or criticisms, please feel free to use an anonymous remailer like this one to avoid revealing your identity.


You are encouraged to work on homework problems in study groups of two to four people; however, you must always write up the solutions on your own. Similarly, you may use books or online resources to help solve homework problems, but you must always credit all such sources in your writeup and you must never copy material verbatim. We believe that most students can distinguish between helping other students and cheating. Explaining the meaning of a question, discussing a way of approaching a solution, or collaboratively exploring how to solve a problem within your group is an interaction that we strongly encourage. But you should write your homework solution strictly by yourself so that your hands and eyes can help you internalize this material.You should acknowledge everyone whom you have worked with or who has given you any significant ideas about the homework. This is good scholarly conduct.

Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Are you struggling? Please come talk to us We would much rather deal with misunderstanding early on, and we can help. Even if you are convinced that you are the only person in the class that doesn't understand the material, and that it is entirely your fault for having fallen behind, please overcome any feelings of guilt and ask for help as soon as you need it -- we can almost guarantee you're not the only person who feels this way. Don't hesitate to ask us for help -- we really do care that you learn!


The following tips are offered based on our experience.

Do the homeworks! The homeworks are explicitly designed to help you to learn the material as you go along. Although the numerical weight of the homeworks is not huge, there is usually a strong correlation between homework scores and final grades in the class.

Take part in discussion sections! Discussion sections are not auxiliary lectures. They are an opportunity for interactive learning. The success of a discussion section depends largely on the willingness of students to participate actively in it. As with office hours, the better prepared you are for the discussion, the more you are likely to get out of it.

Form study groups! As stated above, you are encouraged to form small groups (two to four people) to work together on homeworks and on understanding the class material on a regular basis. In addition to being fun, this can save you a lot of time by generating ideas quickly and preventing you from getting hung up on some point or other. Of course, it is your responsibility to ensure that you contribute actively to the group; passive listening will likely not help you much. And recall the caveat above that you must write up your solutions on your own. You are strongly advised you to spend some time on your own thinking about each problem before you meet with your study partners; this way, you will be in a position to compare ideas with your partners, and it will get you in practice for the exams. Make sure you work through all problems yourself. Some groups try to split up the problems ("you do Problem 1, I'll do Problem 2, then we'll swap notes"); not only is this a punishable violation of our collaboration policies, it also ensures you will learn a lot less from this course.