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  1. Jan 14, 2013 #1
    Hi all,

    I am currently deciding between two courses for the coming semester. I am a sophomore math and physics major, but contemplating an electrical engineering/physics postgrad program and possible career. As such, I would like to try out a more applied, lab-type course in order to explore my options and take a bit of a respite from theory courses.

    Which of these two courses do you think would give a more useful skill set for undertaking meaningful future undergraduate research and/or industry internships?

    1) Introduction to micro- and nanofabrication processes used for photonic and electronic devices. Students use state-of-the-art cleanroom to fabricate transistors and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Lecures on fabrication processes, including lithography, deposition, etching, oxidation, implantation, diffusion and electrical characterization.

    2) A lab-intensive introduction to electronic circuit design. Develops circuit intuition and debugging skills through daily hands-on lab exercises, each preceded by class discussion, with minimal use of mathematics and physics. Moves quickly from passive circuits, to discrete transistors, then concentrates on operational amplifiers, used to make a variety of circuits including integrators, oscillators, regulators, and filters. The digital half of the course treats analog-digital interfacing, emphasizes the use of microcontrollers and programmable logic devices (PLDs).

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  3. Jan 15, 2013 #2
    Any advice?
  4. Jan 17, 2013 #3
  5. Jan 17, 2013 #4
    I am almost entirely unqualified to answer this, but I have heard second hand that circuits knowledge beyond first year material is incredibly useful for experimental physics.
  6. Jan 17, 2013 #5
    I vote for number 1. Knowing number the stuff from number 1 is useful and not something you can generally get from a class or text. 2 seems like something that may be easier to pick up on your own.
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