CSUS Electronics and Instrumentation Lab (Physics 115)

CSUS Electronics and Instrumentation Lab – Physics 115

CSUS: California State University, Sacramento.

The above downloadable file contains the pre-built circuits corresponding to some of the experiments in the CSUS Electronics and Instrumentation Lab (Physics 115) course. This is a zip file. After downloading it to your computer, unzip its contents to any folder on your machine. For unzipping, you can can use any zip utility. Most likely, some zip utility is already available on your computer. If not, you can download any zip utility available on the internet (e.g., 7-zip). The unzipped individual circuit files will have the “.lab” file extension.

To load these circuit files, simulate them, and view their operation, you need to have ElectricVLab already installed on your machine.

To load a circuit file in ElectricVLab, you can use the Load My Circuit option under its File menu. Once loaded, you can interact with the circuit by changing the voltages, resistance values etc. Of course, you can also build your own circuits in ElectricVLab.

The download file made available at the top of this page contains the circuits for the following experiments in the CSUS Electronics and Instrumentation Lab (Physics 115) course.

  • Basic AC Circuits
    • RMS values for different waveforms
    • Charging of capacitor
    • Integrator circuit
    • Differentiator circuit
    • LRC Circuit
  • Diodes
    • Half-wave rectifier without smoothing capacitor
    • Half-wave rectifier with smoothing capacitor
    • Full-wave rectifier without smoothing capacitor
    • Full-wave rectifier with smoothing capacitor
    • Clamper circuit
    • Clipper circuit using two zener diodes
  • Transistors
    • BJT switch
    • Voltage divider with and without BJT buffer
    • Constant current source
    • Common emitter amplifier
    • Emitter follower
    • JFET amplifier
  • Operational Amplifiers
    • Difference amplifier
    • Differentiator circuit
    • Integrator circuit
    • Low pass filter
    • Band pass filter
    • Peak detector circuit
    • Ideal diode half-wave rectifier
    • Inverting amplifier
    • Non-inverting amplifier
  • Instrumentation Amplifiers
    • Three-amp difference amplifier
  • Introduction to Digital
    • Oscillator using 555 timer (Astable mode)
    • One-shot using 555 timer (Monostable mode)
  • Digital Circuits
    • 4-2 encoder
    • 2-4 decoder
    • Encoder and decoder circuits combined
    • D flipflop using JK flipflop
    • T flipflop using JK flipflop
    • Divide-by-16 counter using JK flipflops, along with 7-segment decoder and display


ElectricVLab screenshot of the integrator circuit using operational amplifier:

Integrator circuit using operational amplifier