STEP - Transistors
- Introduce students to science and engineering career opportunities.
- Develop deeper understandings of science concepts through analysis of applications.
- Develop vocabulary needed to converse in the semiconductor and nanotechnology industries.
- Develop skills needed to explore high-tech concepts independently.
- A MOS transistor can be thought of as two back-to-back P-N junction diodes.
- A transistor can be thought of as a current switch, controlled by a gate.
- Transistors can be combined in various ways to perform various digital logic functions.
- Integrated circuits are fabricated using a re-entrant manufacturing process, layer-by-layer.
- Major manufacturing processes include doping, patterning, diffusion, deposition, and etching.
|Activity||Understandings Addressed||Bloom's Taxonomy||Format||Resources||Time (per)|
|MW: How Transistors Work||1,2,4,5||1,2||Independent Reading||Read article||0.5|
|Molecular Workbench Activity||1,2,4,5||1,2,3,4,5,6||Team Simulation||MW: Transistors||1.5|
|Video: Silicon Run Lite||4,5||1,2,4||Video||30-minute video||1|
|Lecture / Discussion: Transistors to Logic||2,3||1,2,3,4,5,6||Lecture / Discussion||White boards to attempt truth tables and logic derivations at seats||2|
Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives in the Cognitive Domain
Module content may be found under the Courses --> Honors --> Tutorials --> Microelectronics --> Transistors and Digital Logic sections of this site, or from the Microelectronics chapter of Honors Physics Essentials.