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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 6.002
Electronic CircuitsSpring 2007Lab Practice
Safety Handout S07-006 Introduction
This handout
aspccts of thc cxpcri~nc~ital Itab work that you will pcrforni in 6.002.bcgins witli a discussion of good lab
witli a discussion of lab safcty. You shouldpay spccial attcntion to tlic EECS Elcctrical Safcty Noticc attachcd to thc cnd of this handout(H07). As
it niust bc signcd and rcturncd to tlic EECS I~istru~ncntcsk in tlic Lab inordcr for you to pick up your lab kit.
Your lab notcbook should bcco~nc coniplctc and pcrlnanc~it ccord of tlic cxpcrimcnts you pcrfor~nduring thc scnicstcr. Tlic notcbook itsclf should bc a bound hard covcr ~iotcbookwith graph-rulcdpagcs. Sincc your lab notcbook should co~itaili our raw cxpcrimc~ital ata, you should ncvcr copydata into your lab notcbook from somc othcr papcr. If you do not liavc your lab notcbook withyou whcn you rccord your data, you should staplc thc pagc of raw data into your lab notcbook.Copying data into your lab ~iotcbook ftcr coniplcting an cxpcrinicnt risks
your labnotcbook witli copying crrors.Likc any lab notcbook, your 6.002 lab ~iotcbook hould contaili tlircc distinct scctions for caclicxpcri~ncnt crfornicd:
thc dcsign, analysis and prcdictio~is ou co~nplctc cforc your cxpcrimcntal work:(2) thc data and obscrvations you rccord during your cxpcriniclltal work;
and tlic analysis and intcrprctations you colnplctc aftcr your cxpcrimc~italworkIf your lab notcbook is
in this nianncr, thcn
includi~ig oursclf, should bc ablcto pick up your lab notcbook at a latcr
and follow your prcli~ninary nalysis,
tliccxpcri~ncntsyou pcrformcd, rcproducc your raw data, and rcacli cquiwlcnt conclusions.Sincc your lab work is only uscful if it can bc cxplai~icd o and rcproduccd by othcrs, your labnotcbook niust bc niorc than analyscs and ~iunibcrs itli no contcxt. Thc following guidclincs shouldhclp you producc niorc consistc~it ab rccords witli clcas distinctions bctwccn your cxpcctations:your actual data, and your a~ialysis f thc data.
Prc-lab work is dcsigncd to ~notivatc nd dcfinc your cxpcrinicnts~ nd thus prcparc you for yourin-lab work. Prc-lab work sliould bc trcatcd likc a sniall liomcwork, and sliould bc writtcli up in
Cite as: Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey Lang, course materials for 6.002 Circuits and Electronics, Spring 2007.MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].
your lab notcbook. Thc qucstions askcd in thc 6.002 prc-lab assig~nncnts rc indicativc of thc typcof qucstio~is ou sliould ask wlicn
a scicntific or cnginccring hypothcsis. Your analysisof thcsc qucstions should ~notivatc nd guidc thc cxpcrinicnts you will pcrforni, and suggcst howtlic cxpcrimc~ital csults will co~ifirm r rcfutc thc liypotlicsis undcr
Thc 6.002 prc-lab assiglimcnts will gcncrally a~ialyzc nd prcdict thc pcrformancc of an clcc-tronic circuit, and rcsult in prcdictio~isor thc data you will rccord during your in-lab work. As youwork througli tlic
you should think about how you could cxpcrilncntally dctcrlnincwhcthcr your analysis is corrcct. If you do not scc how thc in-lab work sccks to vcrify your prc-labwork, thcn ncithcr cffort is of valuc cvcn if both arc corrcctly pcrfor~ncd.Finally, as you work ontlic prc-lab assignnicnts, you should takc thc
to ~icatly raw tlic circuits you will build duringyour in-lab work, and to prcparc any graphs and tablcs ncccssary to organizc data rccording.
Thc notcs you takc during your in-lab work arc siniply a rccord of wliat you did and wliat youobscrvcd.
mi~iinialccord includcs at lcast tlic following.
(1) 
labclcd circuit diagram in your lab notcbook adjaccnt to tlic rccordcd data. Thc diagramshould includc: voltagc and currcnt sourcc a~nplitudcs nd frcqucncics: rcsistor, capacitor,and inductor valucs; scniiconductor and intcgratcd circuit namcs; oscilloscopc and niulti~nctcrco~i~icctions: you think arc important to circuit opcratioli such asnd any otlicr co~~ilncnts
coniponcllt tcmpcraturc and so on. You should also notc or skctch your prcdictio~isbcforc you takc a mcasurcnicnt.(2) 
rccord of your spccific proccdurcs and mcasurcmc~its.This should includc kcy oscilloscopcand ~nultilnctcr
niadc wliilc rccordi~igdata, small coniponcntcha~igcs nd so on. You should rccord raw data in your notcbook and intcrprct it latcr,cvcn if latcr nicans only a fcw ~ninutcs atcr bcforc you niovc on to tlic ncxt cxpcrinicnt.For cxa~nplc,f you usc thc voltagc drop across a rcsistor to lncasurc a currcnt you shouldrccord tlic mcasurcd voltagcs in your lab notcbook and convcrt thcsc nicasurcnicnts to currcntlatcr. If any data is u~icxpcctcdly argc or small? or noisy or noisc-frcc, for cxamplc, or sonicadjustnicnt is particularly largc or scnsitivcl you sliould notc this in your lab notcbook as partof thc data. Finally, i~icludcd n your notcbook should bc all coni~nc~itscccssary to rccrcatcyour cxpcri~ncntal roccdurc.Wavcfornis skctchcd dircctly from tlic oscilloscopc warrant a fcw additional guidclincs. Ncvcrniakc a rough skctch that you will copy into your lab ~iotcbookatcr: cach tinic data is copicdfrom o~icncdiuni to anothcr, ncw crrors and intcrprctations crccp silcntly into thc data.Rathcr, ~icatly kctcli tlic wavcform dircctly into your lab notcbook as accuratcly as possiblc.Sucli skctchcs should bc at lcast as largc as thc oscilloscopc scrccn, and arc
no st
accuratc ifyou lct thc rulcd syuarcs of your notcbook graph papcr corrcspo~id o thc rulcd graticulc ontlic oscilloscopc scrccn.
(3) 
Coninicntary about i~iaccuracics n your data.Rccord and plot prcciscly what you scc asaccuratcly as possiblc; do not rccord what you cxpcct to scc. Rclatcd to thc accuratc rccordingof data is tlic issuc of precision. You 111ust indicatc in your data how prccisc your rcadings arc.Sucli an i~idication an bc as simplc as an cstiniatc of tlic ~ioiscn thc mcasurcnicnt. Wlicnskctcliing oscilloscopc data bc surc to indicatc thc tracc width and any othcr rclcvant fcaturcsof tlic wavcfor~n.
Cite as: Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey Lang, course materials for 6.002 Circuits and Electronics, Spring 2007.MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].
Post-lab work conccrns your intcrprctation of your rcsults in tcrnis of thc analyscs and prcdictio~isof your prc-lab work. It is tlic tinic to discuss not only what thc data tclls you about tlic circuitopcratioli but also whcthcr tlic data answcrs your qucstions from tlic prc-lab, and supports orrcfutcs any hypothcscs you havc niadc. Important qucstions to ask and answcr in thc notcbookincludc at lcast thc following.
(1) 
Did tlic data match thc prcdictions? Why or why not?(2) What docs thc data say about thc thcorics uscd to dcrivc tlic prcdictions? Undcr what condi-tions do thc tlicorics apply and why? Wcrc thosc conditions mct during thc in-lab work?(3) What factors could bc gcncrati~igwhat appcar to bc bad data? How might thc prc-lab analyscsbc lnodificd to makc morc accuratc prcdictions in thc futurc? How could tlic cxpcrimcnts bcniodificd to obtain niorc accuratc data?Thc post-lab work is also thc
to co~nbi~icata from diffcrcnt cxpcrinicllts in ordcr to rcacliniorc gc~icral onclusio~is.
Oscilloscope Readings
Makc your ~ncasurcmc~its A widcncd tracc is niost oftcli causcd byt thc middlc of tlic tracc.addcd noisc. In this casc, tlic rcasonablc assu~nptionliat thc avcragc of thc noisc is zcro lcads totlic co~iclusion liat thc truc valuc of thc signal lics at tlic niiddlc of tlic tracc. This is particularlyimportant wlicn
tlic pcak to pcak voltagc of a pcriodic signal. Evcn in thc prcscncc of alittlc noisc, ~ncasuringrom thc cxtrcnics of thc tracc can casily add 3% to
to tlic mcasurcmcnt,tlicrcby rcducing its prccision to lcss than two digits.Thc oscilloscopc is an cxtrcmcly vcrsatilc ~ncasuring
and you should attcnipt to takcadw~itagc f its capabilitics. Adjust thc voltagc scalc so that thc wavcforni fills thc scopc scrccnand thc cffccts of tracc width arc
In gcncral, do not hcsitatc to niovc thc tracc aroundon thc scrccli or cxpand intcrcsting parts of thc wavcfor~n n ordcr to gct a morc accuratc vicw ofits dctailcd bchavior.
Breadboarding Practice
Following thc brcadboardi~ig racticc outlincd bclow will gc~icrally clp guarantcc that your circuitwill work as wcll as possiblc.
(1) 
Lay thc circuit out as ~icatly s possiblc. Having thc co~nponc~itocations correspond to tliccircuit diagram will aid in locating tcst points. Such a lay out is also casicst to clicck for wiringcrrors.(2) Makc all wircs and lcads as short as possiblc. Long wircs and lcads incrcasc stray
which can bc significant in high-frcqucncy circuits.(3) Takc carc whcn inscrting and
intcgratcd circuits to and from thc brcadboard so asto avoid bc~idinghc pins. To rcniovc a DIP, inscrt a scrcwdrivcr or otlicr thin objcct undcrtlic packagc and pry up gcntly. It is bcst to pry a littlc on altcrnatc sidcs so tlic pins arc not
Cite as: Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey Lang, course materials for 6.002 Circuits and Electronics, Spring 2007.MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

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