ELEC 470, Spring 2001
Prof. Rich Kozick

Homework 1

Date Assigned: Thursday, January 18, 2001
Date Due: Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Nothing needs to be handed in for this assignment, but please work on the following.

  1. Please access the course home page, and follow some links to Web sites related to communications. Feel free to give me feedback about outdated links or new links that you discover.

  2. Reading: Please read Chapter 1 in the Lathi text. Also, read Chapter 2 on signals. I suggest that you read Chapter 2 rather quickly the first time, trying to get the main ideas without getting lost in the details. For topics that you studied in ELEC 320 (Linear Systems and Signals), you might review your notes and text from ELEC 320 to refresh your memory. Then you will be able to reread Chapter 2 several more times as we study it in more detail.

  3. Think about the differences between analog and digital communication systems. Think about how you can answer a non-engineer friend that asks you:
    "What is the difference between an analog and digital cell phone? Why is the digital cell phone superior?"
    Your understanding about how to answer this question should grow as we go through this course!
Thank you.