Soldering Assignment


The soldering assignment is a basic soldering exercise that ensures all ECE 445 students understand how to solder surface-mount devices. Students will be provided with the necessary PCB, components, solder, flux, etc. A soldering workshop and/or soldering "office hours" will be held prior to the due date so that students without soldering experience can receive guidance from TAs. The details of the soldering assignment can be found the assignment sheet.

Below is a helpful video about surface mount soldering. The critical ingredient that you need to make your life easier while surface mount soldering is flux. There is liquid, water soluble flux available in the lab. If you can't find it or don't know what it looks like, ask a TA for help.

Requirements and Grading

The soldering assignment is worth 5 points and is graded via inspection by a TA. Students are allowed to make as many attempts as necessary to complete the assignment.

Submission and Deadlines

The soldered PCB must be presented to a TA before the deadline listed on the Course Calendar.

Drum Tutor Lite

Zhen Qin, Yuanheng Yan, Xun Yu

Drum Tutor Lite

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Team: Yuanheng Yan, Zhen Qin, Xun Yu

Vision: Rhythm games such as guitar hero are much easier than playing the actual drums. We want to make a drum tutor that makes playing drums as easy as guitar hero. The player is not required to read a sheet music.

Description: We will build a drum add-on that will tutor people how to play the drums. We will make a panel for visual queue of the drum and beats in a form similar to guitar hero game. The panel can be a N*10 (N varying with the drum kit) led bar array. Each horizontal bar will be a beat and each horizontal line above the bottom line will represent the upcoming beats.

There will be sensors on each drum that will fire when the drum heads is hit. The drums will be affixed with ring of light that provides the timing and accuracy of the player according to the sensors.

Of course with a flip of a switch, the drum could be a simple light up drum: when the player hits the drum, that particular drum will light up giving cool effects.

The system will be on a microprocessor. Or for more versatile uses, it could be connected to the computer. And a app will be written for the tutor.

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