ME430 Mechatronics

Calendar Labs Project Courseware

Day Date Due Class Topics To Do for Next Class
1 Sept 4
  • Bring $20 for lab kit (each individual)
  • Identify a partner for the labs and the project
  • Watch "Introduction to Transistors" video and prepare for a quiz
2 Sept 8 --
3 Sept 9
  • Lab 1
  • Receipt for PIC chips (submit with quiz)
  • Check off Lab 1
  • Quiz on "Snubber Diodes, Decoupling Capacitors, and H-Bridges"
  • Work on Lab 2
4 Sept 11
  • Quiz on "Motors"
  • Discuss 3 project ideas with instructor
  • Work on Lab 2
  • Watch "Intro to MPLABx" video  and prepare for a quiz
  • EVERYONE MUST BRING A LAPTOP WITH MPLABx INSTALLED TO CLASS ON DAY 5
5 Sept 15 --
  • Quiz on "Intro to MPLABx"
  • Remaining teams discuss 3 project ideas with instructor
  • Work on Lab 2
  • Watch "Intro to C" video  and prepare for a quiz
6 Sept 16
 
  • Quiz on "Intro to C"
  • Work on Lab 2
  • Watch "Number Systems" video and prepare for a quiz
  • Lab 2 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
7 Sept 18
  • Quiz on "Number Systems"
  • Check off Lab 2
  • Discuss Exam 1
  • Work on Lab 3
8 Sept 22
  • Study for Exam 1!
9 Sept 23 No class due to night exam

NIGHT EXAM 1
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fisher O259
Olson O267
Cunningham O269
(more details)

Set Up Your Exam Files

10 Sept 25  
  • Quiz on "Instruction Cycles and Special Function Registers"
  • Work on Lab 4
11 Sept 29
  • Quiz on "Functions and Debugging"
  • Work on Lab 4
12 Sept 30
  • Quiz on "Timers"
  • Overview of Interrupts
  • Check off Lab 4
  • Work on Lab 5
  • Watch "Interrupts" video and prepare for a quiz  (41:08 plus 7:00 optional, need green board)
13 Oct 2
 
  • Quiz on "Interrupts"
  • Work on Lab 5
14 Oct 6
15 Oct 7 --
  • Quiz on "Light Sensors"
  • Work on Lab 5
  • Watch "Pulse Width Modulation" video and prepare for a quiz (47:52, need green board)
  • Lab 5 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
Fall Break, Oct 9-10
16 Oct 13
  • Quiz on "Pulse Width Modulation"
  • Check off Lab 5
  • Work on Lab 6
  • Watch "UART Communication" video and prepare for a quiz (43:26+7:21 optional, need green board, YOU ALSO NEED ONE PIECE OF WIRE from your lab kit.)
17 Oct 14
  • Quiz on "UART Communication"
  • Work on Lab 6
18 Oct 16
  • Quiz on "Intro to PLCs and Ladder Logic"
  • Check off Lab 6
  • Work on Lab 7
19 Oct 20 --
  • Quiz on "Picosoft Markers, Timers, and Counters"
  • Work on Lab 7
20 Oct 21
  • Quiz on "Finite State Machines for PLCs"
  • Soldering Day (all day, in lab). Bring your computers anyway.
21 Oct 23 --
  • Quiz on "Finite State Machines for PICs"
  • Tank and Conveyor Demonstration
  • Work on Lab 7
  • Lab 7 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
22 Oct 27
  • Check off Lab 7
  • Work on Lab 8
  • Study for Exam 2
23 Oct 28 No class due to night exam
EXAM 2
Tentative Time 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Fisher O259
Olson O267
Cunningham O269
(more details)
Set Up Your Exam Files
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24 Oct 30 --
  • Create an FSM for the Lab 9 tank and conveyor
25 Nov 3
  • FSM of tank
  • Discuss FSMs for Lab 9
  • Work on Lab 8
  • Lab 8 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
26 Nov 4
  • Check off Lab 8
  • Work on Lab 9
 
27 Nov 6  
  • Work on Lab 9
  • If you've finished Lab 9 then it's a project work day, bring your project to class!
28 Nov 10
  • Finish Lab 9 and get it checked off by the end of class
  • If you've finished Lab 9 then it's a project work day, bring your project to class!
29 Nov 11
  • Project Demonstrations!
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30 Nov 13 --
  • Course Evaluations
  • Overview/Review of Course
  • Discuss Final
  • Donate spare PIC chips to ME430 (optional)
  • Clean out lockers
  • Confirm your white tub kits have all parts and check them in
  • Bring green board kits for inspection:
    • All parts in photo present
    • Small screwdriver present
    • Purchase buzzers and screwdrivers if those are missing
  • Donate any unwanted parts to the free parts room
  • Bring your computers and complete green board kits (including buzzer and screwdriver) to the final exam
  • Project documentation due before walking into final