ASU Spring 2016 Session A Week 4 Update

MAT 265 finds us preparing for a Midterm on 2/10/2016. I’ve been spending a lot of my time going back through practice problems and working to get through all of the lecture videos and homework.

This week’s topics included:

  • Exponential Functions
  • Inverse Functions and Logarithms
  • Derivatives of Logarithmic and Exponential Functions
  • Inverse Trigonometric Functions

I put together a PDF file – Calculus I Formulas that contains all the formulas and derivatives I need to have memorized for the Midterm next week. I’ll probably continue to add to it as the rest of the class progresses. On the midterm no pressure, it’s only 35% of our grade for the class! No notes, closed book, proctored. We’re allowed scratch paper, a calculator (trusty TI-84 Plus CE) and a writing utensil.

EEE 120 we dove (got pushed?) into Multiplexers and Decoders, Programmable Logic, Programmable Devices and Output configurations. In addition to those topics we had two labs and a quiz.

The simulation lab had us continue to build components needed for our Microprocessor. We were limited to only NOR gates though which added to the fun. Initially I was struggling a lot with the NOR gates, but once I figured them out, they worked really well. We built a 4-bit full adder, multiplexer, decoder and buffer.

Hardware lab wasn’t as complicated as the simulation lab this week. We looked at TTL Characteristics, Open-Collector Buffers and Three State Buffers.

Hard to believe, but also next week the summer schedule of classes comes out and we can register for summer session on Wednesday. I’m anxious to see what will be offered.

Back to the books and the calculus problems!

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