Physical Computing Schedule

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Day Date Topic Reading done Assignment due
1 1/23 Course overview
2 1/25 Course overview Start a blog
3 1/30 Introduction to electricity & electronics
4 2/1

Electricity labs:

5 2/6 Introduction to microcontrollers
6 2/8

Arduino labs:

Electricity labs
7 2/13 Quiz #1 Arduino labs
8 2/15 Introduction to transistors
9 2/22

Sensor labs:

Transistor labs:

10 2/27 Analog vs. digital output Musical instrument
11 3/1

Servo motor labs:

12 3/6 Introduction to Processing
13 3/8

Processing labs:

Servo motor labs
14 3/20 Physical Computing midterm project Interactive toy
15 3/22 Midterm project
  • Hoffman, Chapter 7
  • Noble, Chapter 3
  • Shiffman, Chapter 19, Sections 19.8 - 19.10
Processing labs
16 3/27 Midterm project presentations Physical Computing midterm project
17 3/29 Interaction design
18 4/3 Introduction to mechanics and motors
19 4/5

Motor labs:

  • Noble, Chapter 11, the part about motors
20 4/10 Introduction to data visualization
  • Guizzo, pages 1-21
Mechatronic device
21 4/12

Data visualization labs

Motor labs
22 4/17 Introduction to wireless communication
23 4/19 Final project Data visualization labs
24 4/24 Quiz #2
25 4/26 Final project
26 5/1 Final project
27 5/3 Final project
28 5/8 Final project presentations Final project
29 5/10 @ 12:00PM - 1:50PM in Room 201 Final project presentations