ME430 Mechatronics

Calendar Labs Project Courseware

Day Date Due Class Topics To Do for Next Class
1 Dec 1st
  • 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 Dec 2nd --
3 Dec 4th
  • 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 8th
  • Quiz on "Motors"
  • Discuss 3 project ideas with instructor
  • Work on Lab 2
  • Watch "Intro to MPLABx" video  and prepare for a quiz (need green board)
  • EVERYONE MUST BRING A LAPTOP WITH MPLABx INSTALLED TO CLASS ON DAY 5
5 Dec 9th --
  • 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 Dec 11th
 
  • 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 Dec 15th
  • Quiz on "Number Systems"
  • Check off Lab 2
  • Discuss Exam 1
  • Work on Lab 3
8 Dec 16th
  • Study for Exam 1!
Dec 16th Evening
NIGHT EXAM 1
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fisher O259
Cunningham O267
Burchett O269
(more details)

Set Up Your Exam Project
9 Dec 18th No class due to night exam
Christmas Break
10 Jan 5th  
  • Quiz on "Instruction Cycles and Special Function Registers"
  • Work on Lab 4
11 Jan 6th
  • Quiz on "Functions and Debugging"
  • Work on Lab 4
12 Jan 8th
  • 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 Jan 12th
 
  • Quiz on "Interrupts"
  • Work on Lab 5
14 Jan 13th
15 Jan 15th --
  • 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 19th
  • 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 20th
  • Quiz on "UART Communication"
  • Work on Lab 6
18 Jan 22nd
  • Quiz on "Intro to PLCs and Ladder Logic"
  • Check off Lab 6
  • Work on Lab 7
19 Jan 26th --
  • Quiz on "Picosoft Markers, Timers, and Counters"
  • Work on Lab 7
20 Jan 27th
  • Quiz on "Finite State Machines for PLCs"
  • Soldering Day (all day, in lab). Bring your computers anyway.
  • Study for Exam 2
21 Jan 29th No class due to night exam
EXAM 2
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Fisher O257
Cunningham O259
Burchett O267
(more details)
Set Up Your Exam Files
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22 Feb 2nd --
23 Feb 3rd
  • Quiz on "Finite State Machines for PICs"
  • Tank and Conveyor Demonstration
  • Check off Lab 7
  • Work on Lab 8
  • Create an FSM for the Lab 9 tank
24 Feb 5th
  • FSM of tank
  • Discuss FSMs for Lab 9
  • Work on Lab 8
 
25 Feb 9th --
  • Lab 8 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
26 Feb 10th
  • Check off Lab 8
  • Work on Lab 9
 
27 Feb 12th  
  • 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 16th
  • 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 17th
  • Project Demonstrations!
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30 Feb 19th --
  • 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