ELE-180 - Instrumentation and Measurement3 credits
This course will present the student with the theory and practical skills necessary to understand the principles of electronic instrumentation and measurement. The course will begin with an overview of measurement principles, significant figures, units of measure, metric prefixes, typical electronic measuring instruments and their proper use. The comparison between theoretical expectations and practical measurements will be emphasized and students will develop the tools to understand potential sources of error. Course material will include a discussion on the operation of thermistors, light sensors, opto-electronic devices, hall effect devices, strain gauges, accelerometers, contact and non-contact measurement, humidity sensors, sonic & ultra sonic devices, DAC's and ADC's and sampling theory. A three hour lab will be required as part of this course. In the lab proper and safe lab and measurement techniques will be presented. Students will be required to understand how the instrumentation can affect the measuring process, and where possible, account for that error.
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