Friday, November 3, 2006

The PN Junction Diode



My friend Leon called me and asked if I still had textbooks from UCLA days, specifically a series of thin blue books we used in semiconductor physics (I thought it was EE121A but some of the classes are different now). I gave away almost all my engineering textbooks a few years ago but I knew I kept The PN Junction Diode, which was volume 2 of the series. I thought I had to dig in some boxes for it, but I found the book on my one and only bookshelf at home. The ASUCLA Student's Store price tag says $12.75; Amazon.com sells the same book (2nd Edition) currently for $25.80. I flipped through a couple of pages and none of it looks familiar anymore... there are lots of integrals and differential equations.

I think the only other engineering textbook I have left is Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits by Gray & Meyer. It's sitting on my bookshelf at work in case I need it to impress engineers that walk into my office. It was the textbook for EE115D with Dr. Asad Abidi; I think I failed that class but he was nice enough to give me a "C" and let me graduate. It's always a bad sign when a lot of your TA's are in taking the same class as you.

2 comments:

leon chiu said...

were you in that double EE class where the first thing the TA said was "I teach you Signal processing"
"you teach me English. Deal, OK?"

then a couple of the caucasians stood up and headed for the door?

i still think it is scary that you had an almost 20 year old EE book within arm's reach.

totochi said...

I don't think so. I do remember my TA for MSE14. It was an old Chinese guy and he told us to call Lao (old) Wang. I think some students called him Mr. Lao. Anyway, he wore the same sweatshirt every class. It said WANG across the the front, with iron-on letters, not the computer company.