EE 16B | Designing Information Devices and Systems II

Spring 2016


Wk Date Lecture Topic Section Lab Homework
0 01/20 W Intro Section 0B: Linear Algebra Homework 0
01/22 F DFT I
1 01/25 M DFT II Section 1A: DFT Homework 1
01/27 W DFT III Section 1B: DFT
01/29 F DFT IV
2 02/01 M SVD/PCA I Section 2A: SVD BMI Lab 1 Homework 2
02/03 W SVD/PCA II Section 2B: PCA
3 02/08 M Clustering I Section 3A: Symmetric matrix diagonalization BMI Lab 2 Homework 3
02/10 W Clustering II Section 3B: k-means
02/12 F DFT and OMP Re-cap
4 02/15 M No lecture Section 4A: Digital logic BMI Lab 3 Homework 4
02/17 W Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering Section 4B: Transistors and circuits review
02/19 F Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering
5 02/22 M Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering Section 5A: RC circuits Debugging Lab PPT
Lab Equipment Guide
YouTube Videos
Homework 5
02/24 W Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering Section 5B: DFT & SVD exercises
02/25 T Midterm 1 - 8-10pm
02/26 F Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering
6 02/29 M Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering Section 6A: Two-capacitor RC and NAND Front-End Lab 1 Homework 6
03/02 W Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering Section 6B: Complex algebra and phasor analysis
03/04 F Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering
7 03/07 M Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering Section 7A: RC filters and phasor analysis Front-End Lab 2 Homework 7
03/09 W Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering Section 7B: RLC circuits
03/11 F Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering
8 03/14 M Digital circuits, differential equations, and filtering Section 8A: Transfer functions, RLC circuits Front-End Lab 3 Homework 8
03/16 W Controls Section 8B: Linearization and modelling
03/18 F Controls
9 03/28 M Controls Section 9A: Controllability and stability SIXT33N Project Homework 9
03/30 W Controls Section 9B: Pole placement and observability
04/01 F Controls
10 04/04 M Controls Section 10A: Midterm review Homework 10
04/06 W Controls Section 10B: Controllable canonical form
04/06 W Midterm 2 - 8-10pm
04/08 F Controls
11 04/11 M Controls Section 11A: Controllable canonical form, redux Homework 11
04/13 W Controls Section 11B: Observers
04/15 F Resonant circuits and MEMS
12 04/18 M Block diagrams Section 12A: Block diagrams Homework 12
04/20 W Polynomials, Interpolation, and Sampling Section 12B: Interpolation and polynomials
04/22 F Polynomials, Interpolation, and Sampling
13 04/25 M Polynomials, Interpolation, and Sampling Section 13A: DFT revisited Homework 13
04/27 W Polynomials, Interpolation, and Sampling Section 13B: Sampling
04/29 F Polynomials, Interpolation, and Sampling Section 14A: Interpolation and the wagon wheel effect
Finals 05/09 Final Exam (7-10pm; see Piazza for room assignments)

Weekly Schedule

Course Staff


Anant Sahai

Michel Maharbiz


Alyssa Zhou
Head Administrative TA
Adair Gerke
Alexander Spaeth
Anastasia Shuler
Baruch Sterin
Charles Zhang
Daniel Gerber
DJ Seo
Edward Wang
Emily Naviasky
Eric Wu
Harrison Wang
Ioannis Konstantakopoulos
Jaeduk Han
Juan Duarte
Lev Tauz
Ming Jin
Nathaniel Mailoa
Saavan Patel
Shane Barratt
Siddharth Iyer
Stephen Bailey
Sudip Guha
Yen-Sheng Ho
Yu-Ching Yeh
Yu-Yun Dai
Yuxun Zhou

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Grade Breakdown

  • Homework: 15%
  • Labs: 15%
  • Participation: 10%
  • Midterms: 30%
  • 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 Spring 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.