Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering I
ECE111 is the first course many students take when they arrive at Oregon State University in the pre-electrical engineering program. This course covers the basics of engineering, electrical engineering, ethics, and the engineering method. The recitation portion of the course includes community building exercises and engineering design practice through the use of the FRDM-KL46Z board and small design projects.
The FRDM-KL46z microcontroller is a versatile integrated circuit that can be reprogrammed to do many different tasks.
The Materials and Devices track of ECE studies how to build electrical or magnetic devices. This section explores using resistive paper to create resistors.
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The Signals and Systems track of ECE studies how to transmit and receive electrical signals. This section explores how an electrical signal can control a speaker to make sound.
The Energy Systems track of ECE studies how to make or use motors and generators. This section explores how to light a small LED (Light Emitting Diode) using a motor as a generator and how to control the speed of a motor by using PWM (Pulse Width Modulation).
The Robotics and Controls track of ECE studies how to effectively control motors and how to use those motors to build robots. This section explores how to build a servo using a motor with a feedback loop.
The Final Project in ECE 111 combines many of the prior sections to create a servo that rotates a solar panel to maximize the amount of light striking the solar panel.