Operational Amplifier Circuits
Course Number: EET 222
Transcript Title: Operational Amplifier Circuits
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), audit
Examines the characteristics and applications of operational amplifiers (op-amps). Develops skills in the design and analysis of op-amp amplifiers, comparators, voltage and current regulators, summers, integrators, and differentiators. Covers calculation and analysis of frequency response of op-amp circuits and application of the op-amp in power supplies and control systems. Includes a 3-hour per week laboratory in project design, evaluation, documentation, and use computer tools. Prerequisites: EET 221. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply op-amps fundamentals in design and analysis of op-amps applications.
- Apply op-amps fundamentals and computer tools in project design, evaluation, and analysis.
- Troubleshoot and repair op-amp circuits.
- Write technical reports using collected experiment data.
- Identify types of op-amp circuits and determine their function in a circuit.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment methods are to be determined by the instructor. Typically, in class exams and quizzes, and homework assignments will be used. Lab work is typically assessed by a lab notebook, formal lab reports, performance of experiments, and possibly a lab exam.
Course Activities and Design
Lecture and discussion are the instructional methods used. Weekly homework is assigned. Laboratory activity includes building circuits on solder-less breadboards, making circuit measurements using test equipment, analyzing test data, comparing predictions to theory.
Lab exercises also involve using a PC with spreadsheet, word processor, and circuit simulation software.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Discrete transistor differential amplifier biasing and amplification.
- Ideal operational amplifier, inverting and non-inverting amplifier configurations. Biasing and offset currents, and offset voltages. Feedback theory, and negative feedback in op-amp circuits.
- Frequency response, gain-bandwidth product, slew rate, compensation and stability. Op-amp specifications.
- Applications include: voltage summation, subtraction, scaling, voltage and current sources, wave shaping, integration, and differentiation.
- Op-amp oscillators and the Barkhausen criterion. Oscillator types include: RC-phase shift, Wien bridge, Colpitts, and Hartley.
- Active filters concepts and design, including low pass, high pass, and band pass types.
- Voltage comparators, Schmitt triggers, and relaxation oscillators, clippers, clampers, rectifiers, and other applications as time permits.