Quadrimestre 2 -

General course description

Information and transmission physics

The course includes two parts. Firstly, it focuses on the production mode of electronic signals, mainly analog and digital. Secondly, it elaborates on the transmission mode of the signals. The course also provides elements of information on the new technologies.

Learning basic skills

High school physics notions: electricity, waves and optic

Course Aims

Information is often and wrongly said to be "immaterial". The course aims here at flushing out the highly material nature of signals producing and transmitting INFORMATION (electrons, light waves: photons). The first objective is to integrate the basic notions of analog and digital electronics (in parallel with the course on Computer structure) useful to industrial applications. Afterwards, the course goes on to develop a theory on information (Shannon) and on the transmission of signals necessary to the comprehension of the courses on networks (physical layer) as well as the second-year course on electronics.

Course Outline

Information physics

  • Electronic circuits
  • Direct currents
  • Kirchoff's law: nodes and loops
  • Description of the main elements of the circuits (resistance, condensers, diodes, transistors)
  • Physics of the semi-conductors
    • diodes and rectification
    • transistors
      • Junction bipolar transistor
      • Field effect transistor
    • Digital electronics (synergy with the logical ports in the course on "Structure")
    • Alternating current
      • RC, LR, LC, RLC circuits
      • High-pass filter
      • Low-pass filter

    Signals and transmissions

    • Introduction
    • Modulation and electromagnetic wave
    • Information theory
    • Sampling
    • Wireless transmission: optical and radio
    • Cryptography
    • Rectangular signals, Fourier series
    • Notions on information theory
    • Transmission supports: fixed and wireless, optical and radio
    • Complement (ADSL, ...)


    • All referenced books are available at the library.
    • Horowitz & Hill, Traité de l'électronique analogique et numérique, Publitronic Elektor (1996)
    • Malvino, Principes d'électronique, Dunod (2002)
    • Schommers, L'électronique, pas de panique (3 tomes), Publitronic Elektor (1994)
    • Giancoli, Physique générale (tomes 2 et 3), DeBoeck Université (1993)
    • Boylestead, Analyse de circuits, Editions du Renouveau Pédagogique (1985)