ME430 Mechatronics

Calendar Labs Project Courseware

Day Date Due Class Topics To Do for Next Class
1 Nov 30th
  • 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 (29:48)
2 Dec 1st
  • $20 for lab kits (each individual)
3 Dec 3rd
  • 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 Dec 7th
  • Quiz on "Motors"
  • Discuss 3 project ideas with instructor
  • Work on Lab 2
  • Watch "Intro to MPLABx" video and prepare for a quiz (42:42, need green board)
  • EVERYONE MUST BRING A LAPTOP WITH MPLABx INSTALLED TO CLASS ON DAY 5
5 Dec 8th
  • 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 (35:10)
6 Dec 10th
  • Quiz on "Intro to C"
  • Work on Lab 2
7 Dec 14th
  • Quiz on "Number Systems"
  • Check off Lab 2
  • Discuss selected project idea with instructor
  • Work on Lab 3
8 Dec 15th
9 Dec 17th
  • Quiz on "Instruction Cycles and Special Function Registers"
  • Work on Lab 4
Have a good, restful break!
Holiday Vacation
10 Jan 4th No class due to night exam. Start studying! Dr. C's Sections Only
Jan 4 - Quiz-Functions & Debugging / Lab 4
Jan 5 - Quiz-Timers / Lab 4
Jan 7 - No Class - Exam Day
  • Watch "Functions and Debugging" video and prepare for a quiz (50:46, need green board)
  • 11 Jan 5th
    • Quiz on "Functions and Debugging"
    • Work on Lab 4
    • Study for Exam 1
    12 Jan 7th
    • Quiz on "Timers"
    • Overview of Interrupts
    • Work on Lab 4
    NIGHT EXAM 1
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Burchett 1-2 O257, 3-4 O259
    Olson 5-6 O167
    Cunningham 7-8 O267, 9-10 O269
    Extended time O169
    (more details)

    Set Up Your Exam Project
    • Watch "Interrupts" video and prepare for a quiz (41:08 plus 7:00 optional, need green board)
    • Lab 4 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
    13 Jan 11th
    • Quiz on "Interrupts"
    • Check off Lab 4
    • Work on Lab 5
    14 Jan 12th
    15 Jan 14th
    • 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.
    16 Jan 18th
    • 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 Jan 19th
    • Quiz on "UART Communication"
    • Work on Lab 6
    18 Jan 21st
    • Quiz on "Intro to PLCs and Ladder Logic"
    • Check off Lab 6
    • Work on Lab 7
    19 Jan 25th
    • Quiz on "Picosoft Markers, Timers, and Counters"
    • Work on Lab 7
    20 Jan 26th
    • Quiz on "Finite State Machines for PLCs"
    • Soldering Day (all day, in lab). Bring your computers anyway.
    • Study for Exam 2
    21 Jan 28th No class due to night exam
    EXAM 2
    7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    Burchett 1-2 O257, 3-4 O259
    Olson 5-6 O167
    Cunningham 7-8 O267, 9-10 O269
    Extended time O169
    (more details)
    Set Up Your Exam Files
    22 Feb 1st
    • Quiz on "Finite State Machines for PICs"
    • Work on Lab 7
    • Lab 7 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
    23 Feb 2nd
    • Check off Lab 7
    • Work on Lab 8
    24 Feb 4th
    • Tank and Conveyor Demonstration
    • Work on Lab 8
    • Create an FSM for the Lab 9 tank
    25 Feb 8th
    • 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 Feb 9th
    • Check off Lab 8
    • Work on Lab 9
    27 Feb 11th
    • Work on Lab 9
    • If you've finished Lab 9 then it's a project work day, bring your project to class!
    • Lab 9 must be ready for check-off by the end of class tomorrow.
    28 Feb 15th
    • 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!
    • Finish project (make sure it is programmed and ready to go)
    29 Feb 16th
    • Project Demonstrations!
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    30 Feb 18th --
    • 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 to Jerry
    • Bring green board kits for inspection:
      • All parts in photo present
      • Small loopback test wire 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 and loopback test wire) to the final exam
    • Project documentation due before walking into final