Fall 2016

December 07, 2016

Office Hours, bugs in PrairieLearn

New office hours for final's week are posted to the left. Also, some bugs in a handful of PrairieLearn problems are being addressed now. Check back here later for specifics on which problems (#29, #42, and #43 are included). PrairieLearn will be "reset" today at 3pm.

December 05, 2016

How to Prepare for the Final Exam

December 05, 2016

ECE 110 Project Showcase!

From 2-5pm on Tuesday, November 6 and from 2-5:30pm on Wednesday, November 7, ECE 110 students will be showing off some of the best projects of the semester. Specifically, from 2-3pm each day, you can see some of the projects from the lab (due to time considerations, many TAs had to hold back on nominations even though they thought you all did an excellent job this semeester! Don't feel bad if you weren't nominated...). From 3-5/5:30pm, you can see the special projects completed in the James Scholar portion of ECE110. In this honors lab section, students from both ECE 110 and 120 will work together in small groups to propose, prototype and demo unique design projects.

Please stop by!

November 29, 2016

Final Review with HKN

The review for the final exam hosted by HKN will be from 1-3pm in 1002 ECEB on Reading Day, Thursday, December 8, 2016. "We'll go over the new topics since exam 3 and briefly cover the other concepts from the course in a PowerPoint. The majority of the time will be spent on a past final exam where we will try to address each of the topics from the course," says HKN spokesperson Corey Snyder.

November 15, 2016

Interested in a Minor in Technology and Management?

Interested freshmen and sophomores can attend a Hoeft Technology & Management Program information session TONIGHT in DCL or TOMORROW in BIF (details below). Students are generally in their second year on campus when they apply, but the best time for a student to start preparing himself/herself to be competitive for one of the spots in the program is during a student's first year.

There are a series of helpful videos on the T&M Program's Facebook page where students explain the advantages of the program, provide advice on applying, and share their favorite experiences.

The Hoeft Technology & Management Program Info Sessions

The Hoeft Technology & Management (T&M) Program bridges the gap between traditional engineering and business education by offering a unique curriculum to a select group of highly qualified business and engineering undergraduates. The T&M Program is a joint venture between the College of Business and the College of Engineering and works closely with its corporate affiliate partners to groom the best and brightest students to become tomorrow's leaders.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 5-6 p.m., 1320 DCL
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 5-6 p.m., 2043 BIF

Who? Business and engineering majors planning to graduate any time from May 2019 to December 2020

Questions? Email tech-mgmt@illinois.edu

Interested students are encouraged to like the T&M page on Facebook.

November 10, 2016

Friday workshop, 10am only on Nov. 10, 2016

Professor is to cover MOSFET questions and any student questions you wish to bring.

November 10, 2016

Grainger Scholarships in Power

November 02, 2016

Friday Workshop for Project Ideas, Saturday Review for Midterm Exam!

There will be two special workshops on Friday November 4. Go to room 1002 ECEB from 10-10:50am where Prof. Schmitz will revisit the kit and find sensors that will supercharge your final project! Go to Room 2013 ECEB from 2-2:50pm where Prof. Franke will provide a practical approach to using the Arduino with minimal programming training. Students interested in utilizing the power of a microprocessor in their final project are sure to benefit!

The Exam 3 Review Session will be this Saturday, November 5th, from 3-5pm in ECEB 1002 (Grainger Auditorium). As usual, we will spend the first ~30 mins covering the concepts in a PowerPoint and the remaining time solving example problems in detail.

October 31, 2016

Important Information about the Third Midterm

Exam 3 is a 50-minute exam, self-scheduled between the dates of Thursday November 10 and Sunday November 13. Sign up at https://edu.cs.illinois.edu/testcenter. You may use the computer's calculator or even MATLAB (also installed) if you wish. You may bring a single page of notes, 8.5x11 inch, two-sided, typeset or handwritten. The exam will cover the learning objectives from Lecture 1 through Lecture 20 and Homework 1 through Homework 10 with an emphasis on later learning objectives.

October 28, 2016

Friday Workshops Today, 10am, 2pm

Two workshops on October 21. Go to room 1002 ECEB from 10-10:50am or Room 2013 ECEB from 2-2:50pm. Topics and problems will revolve around BJT solutions with a focus on voltage gain for time-varying voltages.

October 27, 2016

IEEE Arduino Workshop

Come learn the basics of using an Arduino to create your own personal projects in this IEEE workshop. Wednesday, November 2, at 6 p.m. in the Open Lab (ECEB 2024) https://my.ece.illinois.edu/announcements/view.asp?id=16906

October 25, 2016

Important information about the ECE110 Final Examination!

The ECE110 final examination will now be an online exam taken at the CBTF. It will be self-scheduled by the student and occur between the dates of Thursday, Dec. 8 (Reading Day) and Thursday, Dec. 15 (second-to-last day of Finals week). Please ignore the University's fixed date and time. Signups for the exam should open on Thursday, Oct. 27.

October 21, 2016

IEEE Workshops

Android Studio Workshop...Learn to use Android Studio, an Android computer application that supports programming and execution of fully functioning Android phone applications. Get familiar with Java, XML, and mobile app development in this IEEE-developed workshop. The event will take place in ECEB 2024 (Open Lab) On November 1st at 6PM! Link to register: bit.ly/ieee-android

Arduino Workshop...Come learn the basics of using an Arduino to create your own personal projects! The event will take place in ECEB 2024 (Open Lab) On November 3rd (note the change!) at 6PM! Link to register: bit.ly/ieee_arduino

October 19, 2016

Friday Workshops

Two workshops on October 21. Go to room 1002 ECEB from 10-10:50am or Room 2013 ECEB from 2-2:50pm. Topics and problems will likely continue with pre-BJT concepts. Bring your own questions and your i>clickers!

October 17, 2016

Retake Exam 2

Students may participate in a retake exam 2 by first completing this assignment at PrairieLearn (and earning greater than or equal to 60% credit) https://prairielearn.engr.illinois.edu/ece110/#ti/MakeupAssignment2/1 BEFORE taking the retake exam. A score of 100% on this makeup assignment will also provide (or "bank") 25 points applied to Lon Capa for lost homework points.

The retake exam, which runs from 10/20-10/23, may be taken by signing up at https://edu.cs.illinois.edu/testcenter/. You are not allowed to bring a sheet of notes to the retake exam. You MAY use the online calculator, MATLAB, or other softwares installed.

October 08, 2016

More Practice for Exam 2 at PrairieLearn


October 07, 2016

Things to know As You Prepare for Exam2...

Friday Workshop, (Today!) October 7 at 10am in 1002 ECEB and at 2pm in 2013 ECEB. Covering problems of interest that can be found at https://courses.engr.illinois.edu/ece110/content/lectures/FridayWorkshop_Exam II Review.pdf.

HKN will hold a review session for Exam 2 this Saturday (10/8) from 3-5pm in ECEB 1002 (Grainger Auditorium).

Practice problems in the PrairieLearn format will be posted later today. Many of these problems are likely to appear on the exam or in the makeup assignment that will come next week. Practice makes perfect! Please remember that PrairieLearn does not accept fractional answers (eg. 2/30), but requires decimal answers accurate to three significant figures (eg. 0.0667 contains three while 0.067 contains only two).

Monday's lecture will be an instructor-led review for Exam 2. Please send any specific questions or concepts that remain "muddy" to your instructor by Sunday to give the instructor time to prepare material.

Wednesday's lecture moves into Bipolar Junction Transistors. While this material is not on the exam, it is critical that you do not miss this introductory material as it is much tougher to play catchup!

October 04, 2016

ECE110 Exam 2 Review Session by HKN

Eta Kappa Nu will be holding the review session for Exam 2 this Saturday (10/8) from 3-5pm in ECEB 1002 (Grainger Auditorium). We will spend the first ~30 minutes covering the relevant concepts in a PowerPoint and the remaining time solving example problems.

October 04, 2016

Exam 2

Exam 2 is a 50-minute exam, self-scheduled between the dates of Thursday October 13 and Sunday October 16. Sign up at https://edu.cs.illinois.edu/testcenter. Your allotted time is strictly 50 minutes. You may use the computer's calculator or even MATLAB (also installed) if you wish. You may bring a single page of notes, 8.5x11 inch, two-sided, typeset or handwritten. The exam will cover the learning objectives from Lecture 1 through Lecture 12 and Homework 1 through Homework 7 with an emphasis on later learning objectives. A few practice problems (from old exams) can be found on this Practice for Exam 2 worksheet.

September 29, 2016

ECE110 Friday Workshops

Two workshops on September 30. Room 1002 ECEB from 10-10:50am and Room 2013 ECEB from 2-2:50pm. Topics will likely revolve around IV, Thevenin/Norton, and nodal analysis. A handout will be available. Bring your own questions and your i>clickers!

September 27, 2016

ECE110 One-on-One Tutoring

If you have a record of hard work (strong attendance, keeping up on homeowork assignements, completing the makeup assignment, and taking the second-chance exam), but remain unsatisfied with your performance, please consider signing up for one-on-one tutoring. The tutoring will involve either a course instructor or one of our very-talented course aides meeting with you regularly. The turor will work to help you gain a foothold on basic concepts, identify and address weaknesses, improve your skills in recognizing ways to attack problems, improve your speed in solving problems, and/or improve your ability to perform well in and out of class. You can sign up at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/5577697

September 23, 2016

Friday Workshop, 10am in 1002 ECEB

Today's workshop will feature problem-solving by students followed by multiple expert approaches by the instructor. The session might be titled, "From Ohm's to Thevenin: Know your Tools!"

September 15, 2016

Exam 1, Second-Chance Testing, Makeup Homework, Friday Workshop

September 14, 2016

Review Session Materials Available!

September 12, 2016

Mass Mail

Hello ECE110 Students!
I apologize that only the pdf version of homework 3 was posted prior to today. This was a mistake, but I hope you spend some time working on the pdf version and solving them algebraically, which is a great exercise in itself!
You may also find a few errors and typos as you work through the (brand-new) set of PrairieLearn problems. If you believe you find an error, email Prof. Schmitz (cdschmit@illinois.edu) as soon as possible with the number of the problem and a description of the error. He will validate the error and attempt to fix this as soon as possible.
Finally, please note that there are extended office hours this week (see the posted office hours at our web site) to help students as they work through homework 3 in advance of the exam and formulate additional questions about the material.

September 12, 2016

How to Study for Exam 1

Exam 1 is a 50-minute exam, self-scheduled between the dates of Thursday 9/15 and Sunday 9/18. Your allotted time is 1 hour and 50 minutes due to a clerical error. We have asked the proctor not to kick you out, but to allow you to stay beyond 50 minutes if you wish. Please remember, you will not have this additional time in the future. The exam will cover the learning objectives from Lecture 1 through Lecture 5 and Homework 1 through Homework 3 (as relevant to the learning objectives). See the course announcements page for more detailed information.To study for Exam 1, we recommend the following:
  • Complete homework assignments, including homework 3 due on September 16.
  • Review Lecture material (slides) and the course notes (online). See the "worked examples" there as well.
  • Work through the following old exam problems at https://courses.engr.illinois.edu/ece110/fa2016/content/exams/, particularly
    • Spring 2016 problems 1-6, 9, 10, 12, 13
    • Fall 2015 problems 1-8, 10, 12, 14, 15
    • Spring 2015 problems 1-8, 11, 12, 14, 15, and, for a challenge, 21 (at least be able to write the KVL, KCL, Ohms equations on problem 21 where solving the equations might be time-consuming for many).
    • Fall 2014 problems 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 (although a little challenging, it can be solved using the idea of many 140 Ohm resistors in parallel!), 14, 17
    • Fall 2013 problems 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 23
  • Attend the review Session Sunday, 9/11 from 2-4pm in 1015 ECEB.
  • Work through the PrairieLearn examples which will have the same format as the exam! Login to https://prairielearn.engr.illinois.edu/ece110. This problem set is not being graded at this time.
  • Visit office hours of your favorite instructor or course aide to get additional help.

September 08, 2016

Sept. 9 Friday Workshops

There will be two offerings of the Friday workshop tomorrow. The first at 10am in 1002 ECEB. The second at 2pm in 2013 ECEB. We will provide a handout with old exam problems for your to work on. The second workshop will begin where the earlier workshop left off, but there may be some overlap of coverage. Bring your i>clicker!

September 07, 2016

Printed Lab Procedures

We are still behind on having lab procedures printed at IUB. Instead, we will continue to print the latest lab for you each week. You are responsible for printing and completing the Pre-Lab exercise.

September 07, 2016


The first midterm will take place from September 15-18.

You can sign up for the upcoming exams about two weeks in advance at https://edu.cs.illinois.edu/testcenter.

More Information about the Computer-based Testing Facility is avaiable at https://edu.cs.illinois.edu/cbtf/, including instructions for DRES accomodations.

Eta Kappa Nu will be holding the review session for Exam 1 this Sunday, September 11, from 2-4pm in 1015 ECEB. The first 15-30 minutes will cover the relevant concepts in a PowerPoint (primarily, the Learning Objectives from Lecture 1 through Lecture 5) and the remaining time solving example problems.

You can practice old exams by following the "All About Exams" link on the left side of our website. Please note that your exam is of a different format and will only cover learning objectives related to the first 10-15 problems of each exam. Your real exam will be limited to about 10 problems with "short-numeric answer". To best study, work without the listed answers.

To each exam, you may bring:
  • One sheet of notes (standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper, two-sided is okay). This sheet of paper will be collected by the facility proctor along with any scratch paper you use. If you don't want to lose your help sheet, you should make a copy of it before the exam.
  • One or more pencils for solving problems in an exam booklet (scratch paper).
  • A straight-edge if you feel you may have trouble reading a graph

You may not bring a calculator or any other electronic device. The problems are designed such that your answers can be computed by hand or you may use the online computer calculator. You can gain some practice for working without a calculator in this WORKSHEET. The final exam will not allow calculators at all!

September 01, 2016

Friday Workshop

Friday, September 2, 10-10:50am in 1002 ECEB. Prof. Schmitz will continue demos from the Electronics kit and relating the demos to the topics covered in class. Bring i>clickers!

August 29, 2016


Lecture slides are now available at IUB. Lecture recordings, including the Friday Workshop, "What's in your Electronics Kit?" is also posted!

August 26, 2016

Student Feedback Committee

Join the ECE110 Student Feedback Committee today! This focus group will meet with an undergraduate course aide a few times during the semester to provide valuable feedback on how to improve your course. Students who show sincere interest in improving the course and helping both current and future students are often invited back to join the staff later!

August 26, 2016

Registering I>Clicker Instructions

When you click on the link to the left, it will bring you to Compass2g. In that environment, you should see two or more courses related to ECE110. Choose the course titled, "Fall 2016-ECE 110-Introduction to Electronics-Sections AL1, AL2, AL3, AL4". That course will have a "Register your i>clicker" tool in the upper left side.

August 26, 2016

Some Delays

I have yet to hear when the lecture slides will be available at IUB. The instructors request that you print any future lecture material, at least until you are able to purchase the booklet.Some lab materials are similary delayed in arriving at the Supply Center. Your TA will continue to assist you to make sure you can complete each lab as necessary until all parts are ready. This has been a weird semester...Thanks for your patience!

August 24, 2016

New this week...

  • Homework 1 is posted. Due at 3pm on Friday, September 2
  • James Scholars may join our Honors Lab. See details at https://courses.engr.illinois.edu/ece110/fa2016/content/JamesScholars/
  • This Friday, from 10-10:50am in 1002 ECEB, Prof. Schmitz will explore the ECE110 Electronics kit with anyone in attendance. Bring your kits with you!
  • Office Hours will begin Monday, August 29. The schedule is posted.
  • More RedBoards/Uno available in the Supply Center by late Friday.
  • Lecture Slides available soon at IUB, but also free online.
  • Lab Procedures available soon at IUB, but also free online.

August 16, 2016

Welcome to ECE 110 FAll 2016

This site will provide important information about ECE 110 for this semester. Attend lectures and laboratories (beginning Monday, August 22). Please be aware that most sections are full and the demand for this course is high, so do not accidentally drop your section unless you simultaneously pick up another!

This semester, we are making a change-over in software for both the homework and the midterm exams (which will not be self-scheduled in an online-testing facility). Thanks for being patient as we may need to work out a few bugs! We are confident the students will appreciate the improvements.

See you in class!