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Part II


MAIN EQUIPMENT USED IN LABORATORY

For Mathematics I have no one in mind for dedicating this to as it was my own “giftedness” that made me think of a lab that related to mathematics and vice versa. However two teachers did stand out for helping me out though I never understood a thing they said in class. Mr. Ernest Martin and Ms. (Sister) Constance Brezina. These to instilled the seed and nurtured the idea of mathematics in my mind, and it is because of them I became the Holy Terror I became later on in mathematics and still am in some ways, though I have settled down in my older days.


Charles Seal

Equipment and tools used

Either directly or by demonstration
This whole section was a trip down memory lane, brought back happy but sad memories also (mostly of Dr. Henry Ablin...one of the top five teachers I have ever had. He never formally taught me a lab, but I think of lab equipment I think of him. He was always one of my favorite teachers, and sadly I saw him on the last afternoon of his life. He was holding a lab, and he walked slowly into the lab. I was wondering if he was having a heart attack at that time. At any rate the next day there was a memorial in the lobby of the engineering building. He apparently went home and collapsed. His wife discovered him when she got home unconscious and he apparently died at the house or on the way to the hospital. I miss him to this day).
As I took the relavent parts of the high school labs and put them here as well as they are related in my opinion, I also count my dad. He was the wizard who went to Caltech. He never bragged about Caltech and he seemed to imply he was there but a short time, but in the anlaysis of dad’s past he was there for not just a short while, he was there through a masters program and then his still unaccounted hours would imply enough for almost a PhD. He said that he got in a huff and left when they assigned him to work in cellular biochemistry and he wanted no part of it. So he left. So again I parallel dad there as well.
Electronic Laboratory:
DMM Digital Multimeter

Dual trace Oscilloscope

Signal Generator

Spectrum Analyzer

Frequency Counter

Dual-output, variable DC power supply

Breadboard and miscellaneous components

Windows-based PC

Digital scope

Data acquisition system

Digital trainer with prototyping board, maintained & momentary digital inputs, clock

inputs, and LED output indicators

Logic analyzer


  • PROM, EPROM, EEPROM, PLD, etc. programmer and associated peripherals and software

  • PLA, PLD, GAL, or FPGA devices as appropriate

Logic compiler to support programming of PLAs, PLDs, FPGAs, etc.


  • Digital and Analog Oscilloscopes

  • Pulse Generator

  • Function Generator

  • Counters and Timers

  • Multimeters

  • Soldering Irons and Solder

  • Components (many standard analog and digital ICs, static RAM, microprocessors, etc)

  • Prototyping (fixtures, wire wrap tools, wire, perf-boards, proto-boards, etc)

Transistor analyzer
Variable capacitors

Variable resistors

Ammeters Digital and analog

Voltmeters Digital and analog

Ohmmeters Digital and analog

Wattmeters.



Engineering Laboratory (duplication on purpose as used in different settings):

  • Oscilloscopes. Dual trace Oscilloscope. Digital and Analog Oscilloscopes.

  • Signal Generator. Waveform Function Generators. RF Signal Generators. Pulse Generators,

  • Digital and Analog Multi-Meters, DMM Digital Multimeter. VOM Power Meters. Digital and Analog Multi-Meters/ DC/AC. Transistor curve tracer (analyzer). Capacitance Meters.

  • Old fashioned: wire wound inductors, variable capacitors, variable resistors. Old fashioned analog scale voltmeters, ohm meters, and watt meters. Variable capacitors. Variable resistors. Ammeters Digital and analog. Voltmeters Digital and analog. Ohmmeters Digital and analog. Watt meters.

  • Dual-output variable DC power supply. DC/AC Power Supplies both manufactured and self designed and constructed.

  • Spectrum Analyzers. Transistor Curve Tracers. Frequency Counter.

  • Logic analyzer: PROM, EPROM, EEPROM, PLD, etc. programmer and associated peripherals and software. PLA, PLD, GAL, or FPGA devices as appropriate. Logic compiler to support programming of PLAs, PLDs, FPGAs, etc. Universal Programmer. Digital scope. Data acquisition system.

  • Digital trainer with prototyping board, maintained & momentary digital inputs, clock inputs, and LED output indicators. AC

  • Components (many standard analog and digital ICs, static RAM, microprocessors, etc). Counters and Timers. Converters, Programmable arrays (FPGA, DSP). Memories, and others

  • Windows-based PC. Computer Simulation Software.

  • Semiconductor Laboratory equipment. Ovens, boats, oxidation, masking , etching, metallization.

  • Breadboard and miscellaneous components. Soldering Irons and Solder. Prototyping (fixtures, wire wrap tools, wire, perf-boards, proto-boards, etc) . Hand Tools (screw drivers, wire strippers, pliers, files, saws, wrenches, sockets, etc).

  • Photoelectric Relay. Photoelectric cells. Mass of Electron Apparatus. Photoelectric Effect with Amplifier. Current Amplifier with meter . Piezoelectric Demonstration. Piezoelectric cell. Motor/Generators various types.

  • High voltage coils used to power up ray tubes.

  • Galvanometers. Galvanoscope. Transformers. Rectifiers. . Frequency Analyzers. Magnetic field detectors. Rheostats.

  • Power Supplies: Universal Power Supplies and AC/DC, High Voltage and Low Voltage. DC Volt meter Digital and analog. Ammeters. Ohmmeters. Multimeters. Transformer . Low Voltage Rectifier .

  • Wave Motion Demonstrator.


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