CMSC 23230/CMSC 33230: Engineering Interactive Electronics onto Printed Circuit Boards

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Published by Pedro Lopes on Feb 23 2023

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Published by Pedro Lopes on Jan 6 2023

Class structure
This class meets twice a week at CSIL 5: (1) a 3-hour lecture on Friday (1:30pm–4:20pm; theoretical & hands-on) and (2) a 2-hour lab on Tuesday (4pm-6pm; hands-on exercises)
Published by Pedro Lopes on Nov 5 2022

Welcome to PCB engineering class!
Please read below the synopsis of this class before registering for it. This is an advanced version of "CMSC/MADD 23220: Inventing and Engineering Interactive Devices. Click on the more info link to check the previous class, we will assume you have some basic knowledge on the physics of electricity (Ohm's law, electrical flow, basic components).
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Published by Pedro Lopes on Aug 26 2022

Expected workload

In this class you will engineer your own PCB from the ground up, by: designing it, engineering it, send it off to manufacturing, debugging it and improving it.


This class assumes you are comfortable with the basic physics of electricity. While we decided to not estabelish hard pre-requisits, this class is designed for those that have taken either Inventing and Engineering Interactive Devices (CMSC 23220, ideal background to have for this class) or Creative Machines (PHYS 21400, CMSC 21400, ASTR 31400, PSMS 31400, CHEM 21400, ASTR 21400).


This course was developed by Pedro Lopes. All teaching materials in this class, including course slides, homeworks, assignments, practice exams and quizzes, are copyrighted. Reproduction, redistribution and other rights solely belong to the instructor. In particular, it is not permissible to upload any or part of these materials to public or private websites without the instructor's explicit consent. Violating this copyright policy will be considered an academic integrity violation.


The University of Chicago has formal policies related to academic honesty and plagiarism. We abide by these standards in this course. Depending on the severity of the offense, you risk being dismissed altogether from the course. All cases will be referred to the Dean of Students office, which may impose further penalties, including suspension and expulsion. In addition, we expect that everyone handles their fellow students and staff members with respect, following the norms of proper behavior by members of the University of Chicago community.


If you have a impariment of any kind please communicate it to the instructor and you will do the best to accomodate it, e.g., you will be provided with the suitable course materials.