EIU hosts an excellent Electronics Lab that gets double duty in the Physics Department as well as in the Electrical Engineering Program. There are computer workstations with each lab set. The equipment, such as meters, power supplies, and signal generators, are interfaced to the computer to facilitate the operation of experiments. The students can get an understanding of the electronic circuits that they are working with and the computer interface aids them in taking and analyzing data. The computers can also be helpful as a part of computer aided instruction.
For the Circuits class students can use software on these computers to model real life circuits in classroom and homework exercises. In addition, we have an instrument for cutting and preparing printed circuit boards. This gives the students experience in design and construction of their own electronic devices.