Fall 2016

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!