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Mr. Sorenson's Classes, Fall 2019, WELCOME BACK

Welcome to Mr. Sorenson's website.   You will find the syllabus and DAILY lesson plans. If you are out for any reason, check in here to see what you missed.
What a wonderful and successful Contest Season we have had. Our Electronics kids took home the Stanly Blast Top Gun Award with 4 Electronics 1 medals and the top 2 Electronics 2 medals.  In skills USA our delegation brought home three medals, four "Outstanding Member Awards" and the third Consecutive "Chapter of Excellence" Award.  Way to go. Special congratulations to our State Level Skills USA wininers:   Electronics Tech, Dalton Whitley, 5th.     Principles of Engineering, Triston Goodson, 2nd, and our newest State Champion, Montgomery Poulos who took the Gold in Action Skills.

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Monday Oct 21, 2019

Robotics I/IH
Obj:  you will program your robot with a LOOP statement, USING the square program you already have. Use the curriculum to apply that today.
NOTE: This is the last day with robots for the semester. Due to damages inflicted on expensive parts and the unwillingness of some groups to simply keep up with their equipment, we will be doing an inventory the rest of the week and will deliver the curriculum entirely through worksheets, writing assignments, online quizzes, and the Online test.  
Also, effective today, there will be NO grade resets whatsoever.
Electronics I/IH
Obj: You will demonstrate troubleshooting a Parallel DC Circuit.  
Sorenson will demo Parallel troubleshooting.  In groups of two ONLY, you will do parallel tshooting on ETCAI. Min passing grade is 90%.  
If you need help, ask. You can do this.  
Electronics II/IIH
Obj: You will identify a Digital IC from the numbering on the chip and explain the different types:
Worksheets:  working alone
Sorenson will introduce Computers and you will draw the internals of a desktop, labeling all major components

Friday, 10/18/2019

Robotics I:  Fun in the sun? Nah,
OBJ; Program your bot with the Program "squares' that Sorenson has and adjust the motor variables to make a perfect 2ft x 2ft square.
This bot is using variables, global assignments, and we will add a LOOP statement monday to make it go over and over again
Obj: you will build a simple Parallel DC circuit and using a DMM verify the Voltage law, and resistance law.
Soldering day cleanup as well. You will help secure all soldering and safety equipment before bell rings.
Obj: you will detail the differences between ROM, RAM, and variants of ROM. YOu will also describe what all three CPU busses do.
New Quizziz.
Classroom cleanup ALL COMPONENTS
NOTE:  VAN De all day if students participate in clean up activities.

Thursday 10/17/19

Robotics I:
OBJ: YOU WILL build and program your robot to utilize conditional codes, IF, Else, and ==.
To accomplish this you need the 2.10 program you built.  Then, following the curriculum in 2.12 add the changes.  You are actually simply modifying the DCONSTANT variable you set up in GLOBAL parameters.
This is due today!
Electronics I/IH
Objective. YOU WILL demonstrate the ability to solve for unknown parallel circuit parameters using Kirchoff's and Ohm's various laws.
Sorenson will lecture on using parameters to reduce Resistances to Req (equivalent resistance) and also how to redraw complex looking parallel circuits.  The rules never change.
Worksheets:  All except yesterday's superheroes.
Electronics III  Back to the future??
Objective:  You will identify and describe EACH logic gate boolean expression. 
Sorenson will review logic gates and corresponding boolean.
working alone, do the worksheets. NO talking and no using online resources.
Elect III will do Transformers lab with Oscope.

Tuesday, 10.16.2019

Robotics I/H
Objective: YOU WILL WRITE an autonomous program utilizing simple conditional statements: If, Else, While.  You may use comparison and assignments or simple comparisons. 
2.11 and Activity 2.12
Due today
Sorenson will go through the curriculum with you.  Get busy and write your programs.
F/R Sorenson will demo the battery charger issues some of you are having and how to address them.  
Electronics I/H
Obj:  You will be able to build a simple parallel circuit using a battery and christmas tree lights. You will demonstrate the voltage and resistance characteristics.
Parallel 1,2, and 3 on DC CIRCUITS CHALLENGE is now due. Finish those first.
F/R Sorenson will have you play a parallel circuit kahoot or quizziz and will review Ohm's and Kirchoff's parallel laws.
Electronics II/III
Presentations by IIIs first
Obj:  You will be able to use an oscilloscope to capture and analyze a digital clock signal you developed.
You will get your Johnson Decade counter and using an Oscope, capture the clock signal.
Draw it on paper and display the 0 volts line. What is the voltage shown on the oscope?
F/R Sorenson will into the Digital oscopes and how to use them.

Tuesday, 10.15.2019

Robotics I/H
You will program your robot to do a complex shape autonomously. You may use an initial from one of your group members or an A H, E or Z
This is now past due.
Begin 2.11 and 2.12.  You will start using conditional codes to save time in programming.  
All quizzes through 2.13 are now due
Wednesday will run a GOFUNCTION, that YOU create.
Electronics I Parallel Parking Part Duex?
Obj: You will solve for ALL parallel circuit parameters using a scientific calculator and the power wheel.
Sorenson will demo, do Par 1, 2, and 3 in DC Circuit challenge.
Min grade is 92%
Electronics III  It's past time to make a dime
You will finish your 7 Segment LED circuits today.  We will then begin a unit on Test equipment and troubleshooting
Sorenson will demo the Logic Probe, DMM and Oscope for troubleshooting a circuit.
You will use your decade counter circuit to answer the following:
The 555 output is a:  Positive pulse, Negative pulse, square wave
The 4017 outputs are:  Positive pulses, negatives pulses, square waves.
What is the frequency of your 555 clock circuit?
Draw the 555 clock output from your oscope
Draw the decade counter output for one complete 0-9 count

Mon 10/14/2109

Robotics 1/H
You will program your robot to do a complex shape.  You will pick a first or last initial for a group member and then program the bot to make the symbol on the floor with a sharpie.
1.  Use the Dcontrol values you found in 2.10 
2.  Pick the initial
3.  Plot the initial in inches or centimeters.
4.  Do zero point turns (have one motor turn opposite direction to make a 90 degree turn
5.  Run test runs
6.  Get sorenson when you are ready to 'write your initial' with your robot.
ELECTRONICS I/H The perils of Parallel
Obj: YOU WILL solve for all unknown variables in a simple DC Parallel circuit.
Sorenson will lecture demo Parallel circuits.
F/R  In series, Current was the SAME everywhere.  This is because there was only 1 path for it to take.
In parallel VOLTAGE is shared across all loads, therefore VOLTAGE is the same everywhere.
In Series, Resistances simply added up.  
In Parallel, Resistance actually divides.  Think about it; with more paths to take, there is less total resistance to current flow.
Sorenson will demo BC Parallel 1 and 2
Groups of TWO ONLY:  parallel 1 and 2 Basic Circuits

Electronics II:  Cable the stable mable
Objective: You will make a CAT5e network cable that passes a diagnostic for wire mapping and opens/shorts.
Sorenson will demo making a cat 5 cable. Each student will make their own. We will use the Fluke LAN analyzers to verify your cable.  
When finished, continue wiring your 7 Segment LED driver circuit.

FRIDAY, YAY, 10/11/19

Robotics I/H
Activity 2.10  You will program your bot to run a complex pattern autonomously.  We will use a marker and bulletin board paper to see how it does.
Vex Quizziz
Electronics I/H
Obj:  Demonstrate how to troubleshoot a basic series DC circuit with a DMM.  (digital multimeter)
Prep:  Sorenson will demo explain using the meter to measure V drops. 
Using holiday lights and a nine volt battery make a 6 lamp series circuit.  
Hook it up to the battery and make sure the lights all light up
Break the connection between two lamps.  OPEN CIRCUIT and measure VDC across the break.  What do you measure? 
Reattach the broken circuit.
Using wire or a paper clip, short out  ONE lamp only.  Do this by putting the wire or clip on both connections.
What happened to the other lamps?  
Measure voltage across the paper clip?  SHORT Circuit
When finished:  You will do the worksheet from yesterday OR if you are missing any grades do those.
Anyone not needed to make those up is to do a 120 in 1 circuit of your choice.
Electronics II/H  digital pix qz
Obj: Complete your simple 7 segment circuit TODAY.  It will be graded the last half our of class.
Electronics III
Present your ppt to Sorenson for a grade.

Thursday, 10.10.19

Robotics I
Vex 2 thru quizziz
Dead Reckoning:  In your group of two max, determine the length of each step and convert a number of steps to feet.  You will then be blindfolded and given a specific distance to go, turn 90 degrees, and then a shorter distance:
OBJ: you will demonstrate dead reckoning navigation
2.8 worksheets were due yesterday. Some folks 'gun decked' the numbers and of course Sorenson knows better. Finish them and correct them today and Sorenson MUST see your robot connected to the window as you do it.
Rest of class, Activity 2.10  
Electronics I:  You get paid for what you know today, not what you can do.
Series Circuits Troubleshooting complete.  Sorenson will demonstrate two troubleshooting techniques:
1.  Bracketing
2.  Applying Kirchoff and Ohm's laws to calculate values.
Sorenson will demo: Series Troubleshooting 2
In groups of NO MORE THAN 2, you will do this program. Min passing grade is 80.  Top 2 scores will get a Free day friday.
When you finish, complete the Series circuit worksheet provided.
Electronics II
Threes will present their power points at start of class.
Obj: You will assembly and create a simple 7 segment LED driver circuit.  
For switches you can simply make/break connections on the bread board.  DO NOT mess up your clock or 4017 counters.
Sorenson will grade.

Wednesday 2.9.19

Robotics I:  Dead reckoning I reckon
F/R  New Quizziz VEX
Obj: You will program your robot to manuever using dead reckoning and variables assigned.  Use variable so set how long it runs, and how long it turns. 
YOU get to choose the pattern, but must declare it before running the course.
PREP: Sorenson will explain DR' navigation and assigning variables for turns. Download the sample and modify to fit your needs.
Due Tomorrow, end of class.
Electronics I
FR  Kahoot series and ohms law
POP QUIZ, working alone:  Handout
Obj:  You will identify parallel circuits and analyze the volts, ohms, amps, and watts in simple Parallel Circuits.
Prep: Sorenson will lecture/demo parallel circuits.
In groups of two on Computers "BASIC CIRCUITS CHALLENGE"
Parallel 1 and Parallel 2
Literacy assignment: Write a brief explanation of the differences between a series circuit and a parallel circuit. What's the same everywhere in Series? Whats the same everywhere in Parallel?  Whats the same in both circuits?
Hand it in for a grade.
Electronics II, WHEW, aren't you glad we finished D flip flops
Objective: You will create a circuit that counts to ten using a seven segment LED.  
FR  Flip flops triggers.
In groups do JK flip flops on the computer. Min grade is 70%
Then get your counter out and REMOVE the LED's. Return them to the LED boxes.  
research the display.  notice each 'segment' is a signal in from an encoder chip.  An encoder takes raw data and converts it.
Using just digits 1-4 from your counter circuit, hook up a 4511 driver IC to a seven segment display.
See what kind of displays you get? Why is it not counting true? 
On a second bread board, build the circuit sorenson provides.  Just use disconnected wires for the switches.
Demonstrate the 7 segment working

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019

Robotics I:  Get with 'the program'
Obj: You will explain each line of a basic program using a variable string to set motor run times.
You will load the program on the paper into your robots and run them for a Grade.
When finished:  Read through 2.7 on the tools available in the Easy C program.  Write down in your notes the following tools and what they do:
1. Online window What does it do man?
2. Controller Configuration Window,motors:  What does it do yo?
3. Controller Configuration Window, ports: What does it do?
4. Online Window, enable button:
5. Analog and Digital port labeling:
Begin activity 2.8:  See Sorenson for the worksheet
FR:  Kahoot UNIT 2
Electronics I:  Ohm, Ohm on the Range, Where the Deer and the Antelope play
YOU WILL:  APPLY OHM's LAWS for V, I, R, and P to series DC Circuits.
Sorenson will demo DC challenge S1, etc
In your groups of two, S1, S2, S3  MIN GRADE is 90%
FR:  OHM's Law Kahoot, or Quizziz
Electronics II:   Flip dem flops and hop dem FLOPS
YOU WILL Apply a truth table to D flip flops and recognize serial and parallel shift Registers.  YOU WILL also finsih cleaning up your counter circuit as tomorrow we will be adding 7 segment displays. 
On computers, using the above truth table, take another shot at D Flip flops.  
Sorenson will demo Serial and Parallel Shift register.  
Register (a group of flip flops that holds a bit pattern)  
When finished, get your bread board cleaned completely up.
NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A 5 VOLT regulator as the next IC we introduce will not work with 9 volts.
FR?  Flip flops and triggers Kahoot


Robotics I
2.6 Mulligan.  Sorenson will provide you with the program. Load it and run it. When finished, in your group, write up a description of the Global command and the Integer based variable.  In other words, what does each line of code actually do.
Vex parts  Quizziz
Electronics I
Quizziz or Kahoot, Dealer's choice.
Using the WHEEL
You will use the Power Wheel to solve unknown variables in simple DC circuits
You will get your paper from wednesday back. Sorenson will give you the formula to use. Using the power wheel, finish, and confirm your answers.
When finished Basic Circuits Challenge ELECTRICAL POWER 1 and 2 are due. 
If those are finished. Get a 130 in 1 trainer and build the circuit of your choice.
Electronics II
kahoot flip flops
YOU are NOT responsible for banging bits through flip flops. You are responsible for understanding the way they work and being able to identify them from schematics.  
WARNING: Remember a D flip flop with the output tied back into the input is a TOGGLE Flip Flop.   Also, a JK that is clocked simultaneously will be a TOGGLE.  Look for the side ways T.
The flip flop saga continues.  
You will analyze a truth table for the D flip flop.
Sorenson will step through the entire program and as a group we will determine the status of Q and QNOT.  
D Flip flops, try to get a 90.
CLEAN UP YOUR COUNTERS.  Also insure you have a 5 volt regulator on your VCC (positive rail)

Thursday 10/3

You will demonstrate your robot using variable statements in your program to drive the motors.  For help see 2.6.
Sorenson will grade these today.  
When finished start activity 2.7
Quizziz  Vex 2.5
Electronics I:
You will apply the power formula to DC series Circuits
Ohm's law or Series Circuits kahoot
Sorenson will demo the three variations of the power formula. You will do power 1 and 2 on Basic Circuits challenge:
Voltage is pressure or force that CAUSES current to flow
Current is the ACTUAL movement or FLOW of electrons, atom to atom
Resistance is the OPPOSITION to the Flow that fights the pressure of Voltage
Just as V = I x R    P = I x V   Power in Watts is the product of current and voltage.  I remember it because i LOVE PIE, get it? P = I x E  (PIE)
There are 4 main parameters we have to solve for.  Sorenson will hand out power wheels and show you how to use them.  NOTE: YOU WILL have a power wheel for the exam and Cert test
Power 1 and 2, Min grade is 94%
Electronics II:  Intro the flip, the flop, hip hop til you drop
You will identify the schematics for common flip flops and describe what they do.
Kahoot flip flops  (NEW TO YOU)
Sorenson will intro Flip flops:  D, S/R, JK  and what they do
Electronics III
Continue developing your power points. You should have 1/4 done today

Wednesday 10/2/19

  • -1st Block report to Band room.
  • 2nd Block report to Terry Tucker’s room
  • 3rd Block report to Mrs. Huggins room
First Block:
Work on the curriculum QUIZZES.  You can also get your journal caught up to the Square table Autonomous project you did.
Second Block:
Mr. Tucker will give you worksheets. WORK ALONE
The way to solve them is based on the HINT formulas
#1Just add up the other E's to get ET
Just add up the R's to get RT
Use the triangle to find ONE current  and you have found them all. CURRENT is the same
#2  Add up the R's to get RT
USe ohms law to find IT.  ALL I's are the same
Use the I's for each R and ohms law to find Voltage
Third block:
Write a test for new student in Digital Electronics. Include everything you can think of.
Truth tables
Logic systems
Bread boarding

Tuesday 10/1/2019

Robotics I:
Programming Variables. 
Vex 2.5 quizziz
You will program string variables and use comments to annotate them.
Continue in curriculum
DO activity 2.6 and SAVE YOUR PROGRAM
You will be replacing command with strings of variables ASSIGNED
Electronics I
Sorenson will get your table holiday lights, a battery and a battery snap.
Cut and strip the wire for 8 lights.
Using the battery snap, make a 4 LAMP series circuit.  Measure the VDC across each lamp and write it down.  
What do they add up to?
Have SORENSON set up your meter to measure current.  He will then show you how.
Basic Circuits Challenge: Finish Series 2 if you have not already done so.
Electronics II:  Clean up the mess, the rat's nest, your circuit
Kahoot Blast circuits
YOU WILL take your decade counter circuit and clean up the wiring and component placement.
By now you should have:
A 555 driving your circuit
A 4017 Decade counter cycling 10 lights
A 7805 Voltage regulator keeping your voltage at 5 volts or less.
Sorenson will demo and then assign a grade
Electronics III
MP  OB Will prepare and present power point presentations
cover page,
table of contents
10 pages with verbiage and illustrations
Citation page with ALL sources used.
Cover the following topics:
Uses in DC circuits
Uses in AC Circuits
Reactance factor
Schematics for all types
How to read the values
MP Capacitors
OB Inductors    

Monday 9/30

Robotics I/II
The last day to roll the square and straight line.
Quizziz vex 2.5
Unit 2.5  Variables, Constants, and Comments.
YOU WILL: be able to explain the difference between Variables and Constants and you will be able to add comments to your robot programming.
Sorenson will lecture briefly on binary numbers and 'the code'.
Worksheet 2.5 working alone.  Due today
Electronics I
Win the world Series, okay, its just series circuits
YOU WILL: be able to solve the parameters of a simple series DC circuit using Kirchoff and Ohms' law.
Lecture: Series circuits, ET, RT, IT, PT
On the computers:  DC Circuits challenge
Series 1, and 2 due today
Min grade is 92%
Electronics II/III
Obj:  YOU WILL be able to compare and contrast  RTL, DTL, TTL and CMOS technologies including voltage thresholds for lows and highs.
You will also explain the pros and cons of CMOS over TTL
Kahoot logic levels
Lecture/ Demo
Lab: You will use a 9605 voltage regulator on YOUR Decade Counter to drop VS voltage to 5 Volts.
When your decade counter is complete and working on 5 Volts have sorenson check it out.
If you finish early, feel free to cascade your decade counter with your neighbors. Use the schematic from last week to use the carry bit on pin 14 of the second CD 4017

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