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Issue 1 • Date Feb 1996

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  • A robot arm for a first course in control engineering

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):40 - 45
    Cited by:  Papers (3)
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    A small robot arm with nonlinear dynamics is an extremely useful laboratory experiment for illustrating to electrical engineering students the role that linear control theory plays in the design of electronics for industrial applications in control engineering. The robot arm is small and low power so it can be operated safely in manual mode to demonstrate clearly the complexity of its control prob... View full abstract»

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  • Visualizing coherent light with an electromagnetic wave simulator

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):29 - 39
    Cited by:  Papers (3)
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    Computer modeling of electromagnetic waves provides numerical data that can be used for dynamic visualization of electromagnetic phenomena via the computer screen. The Electromagnetic Wave Simulator is a commercial software package which uses the transmission line matrix method to represent electromagnetic fields. This software can be applied effectively in teaching and understanding optics where ... View full abstract»

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  • Restructuring an electrical engineering program in Quito, Ecuador

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):86 - 89
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    The Department of Electrical Engineering at the Escuela Politecnica Nacional, in Quito, Ecuador, has undertaken the task that started two years ago, of bringing engineering education into the next century in a very limited environment. The problems to be faced are first described, starting from dealing with a severe shortage of funding and resources due to lack of interest by government and indust... View full abstract»

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  • Understanding VLSI bit serial multipliers

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):19 - 28
    Cited by:  Papers (4)  |  Patents (10)
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    The efficient design of bit serial multipliers is necessary in many applications areas as diverse as digital communications and the implementation of artificial neural networks. Because of these applications, bit serial architectures are a part of courses in computer arithmetic, very large scale integration (VLSI) architectures, and digital signal processing. Comprehensive descriptions for three b... View full abstract»

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  • Simple derivation of the thermal noise formula using window-limited Fourier transforms and other conundrums

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):1 - 13
    Cited by:  Papers (12)
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    A simple theoretical derivation for obtaining the Johnson thermal noise formula using window-limited Fourier transforms is presented in detail for the first time, utilizing the well-known energy theorems. In the literature, a diverse range of alternative methods already exist, and the pedagogical value of the Fourier transform approach illustrates useful mathematical principles, taught at the unde... View full abstract»

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  • Robotics laboratory exercises

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):94 - 97
    Cited by:  Papers (12)
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    The authors report new laboratory exercises in robotic manipulation, computer vision, artificial intelligence, and mechatronics, four areas that are central to any robotics curriculum. The laboratory exercises supply the student with hands-on experience that complements classroom lectures and software development. Through this experience, the student confronts the hard realities of robot systems a... View full abstract»

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  • Extending Quine-McCluskey for Exclusive-Or logic synthesis

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):81 - 85
    Cited by:  Papers (4)  |  Patents (18)
    Request permission for commercial reuse | Click to expandAbstract | PDF file iconPDF (348 KB)

    Various forms of Boolean minimization have been used within electronic engineering degrees as a key part of the syllabus. Typically, Karnaugh maps and Quine-McCluskey methods are the principal exhaustive search techniques for digital minimization at the undergraduate level as they are easy to use and simple to understand. Despite the popularity of these methods, they are not well suited to typical... View full abstract»

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  • Observation of solitons with MATHEMATICA

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):46 - 49
    Cited by:  Papers (3)
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    This paper shows that the formation and propagation of solitons can be easily observed and understood by using a simple numerical routine to solve a nonlinear Schrodinger equation that includes losses and third-order dispersion. A sequence of computer programs has been developed to assist the student to explore in depth several features of the soliton's formation, propagation, and collision. These... View full abstract»

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  • Educational experiments in machine vision

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):90 - 92
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    We present a set of four educational experiments in machine vision. These were designed to run on low-cost hardware which is yet powerful enough to serve in genuine industrial applications of machine vision. The experiments introduce students to thresholding, connected component analysis, Hough transforms, stereo vision, and color coordinate systems. The programming involved is close enough to the... View full abstract»

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  • A practice-oriented course in switching converters

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):14 - 18
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    The development of a practice-oriented course in switching power converters at the University of Arkansas, USA, is presented. Students learn, verify, and reinforce lecture concepts by performing switching power converter experiments in the laboratory sessions. PSpice simulations are used extensively to verify concepts and to enhance students' comprehension. A design project is used to integrate th... View full abstract»

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  • MIMO systems-transfer function to state-space

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):97 - 99
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    The authors present a very simple method, useful for classroom teaching, to obtain a minimal state-space representation (with the exception of systems where there is a pole-zero cancellation) from a transfer function matrix. The method is direct and does not involve the intermediate step of obtaining nonminimal realization-which further requires system reduction routines-and hence is suitable as a... View full abstract»

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  • A software tool for learning the dynamic behavior of power electronics circuits

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):50 - 55
    Cited by:  Papers (17)
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    A new software tool for learning the dynamic behavior of power electronics circuits is developed for undergraduate students. This tool incorporates the merits of two well-known software packages, namely, the realistic time-domain simulation of PSpice and the parametric identification process of MatLab. Hence, without going through complicated mathematics, the students can easily obtain the transie... View full abstract»

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  • BJT-FET comparison: a new FET model

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):92 - 94
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    A new AC model for the field effect transistor (FET) is presented. This model allows direct comparison between bipolar junction transistor (BJT) and FET amplifier circuits View full abstract»

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  • A numerical analysis and expository interpretation of the diffraction of light by ultrasonic waves in the Bragg and Raman-Nath regimes using multiple scattering theory

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):56 - 68
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    In this paper, we examine some of the fundamental properties of Bragg and Raman-Nath diffraction of light by ultrasonic waves by revisiting the well-known multiple plane wave scattering theory developed by Korpel and Poon in 1980. The purpose is to provide a clear and unambiguous insight into the variety of physical and geometrical configurations associated with the process of optical diffraction ... View full abstract»

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  • Animating field lines

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):69 - 76
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    The teaching of time-dependent electromagnetic phenomena could be made much easier if the evolution in time of the field lines could be visualized. In principle this can be achieved on a computer screen, but it is not a simple thing to do, since the process of drawing field lines is time consuming, and this rules out interactive animated presentations. In this work we restrict the problem to the r... View full abstract»

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  • A novel method for calculating the convolution sum of two finite length sequences

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):77 - 80
    Cited by:  Papers (14)
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    Some students find convolution difficult to understand and compute when first learning. This paper presents a direct method of computing the discrete linear convolution of two finite length sequences. The approach is easy to learn because of the similarities to computing the multiplication of two numbers by a pencil and paper calculation. This method allows students to quickly verify their answers... View full abstract»

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Texas A&M University