First Assignment


First Assignment


Please read Chapters 1, 2, and 3 (though you may skip parts 3.1-3.5).

In class last week we talked about modulation, as the fundamental mechanism for creating signals that contain messages to transmit. If you would like to

learn more about signal modulation, please consider reading the attached tutorial by Charan Langton. This tutorial is optional reading, and a bit too

mathematical for the scope of our course. Nonetheless, it is a well-written tutorial and it may come handy.


Assignment – exercises

  1.  Exercise 5.0 from Dordal’s Chapter 1.
  2.  Exercise 2.7 from Dordal’s Chapter 2.

Assignment – project

As we discussed in class you are a newly hired director of technology, reporting to a benevolent but clueless (BBC) Chief Technology Officcer (CTO).

Your first task now is to convince your CTO about the importance of the project you would like to complete this quarter.

Your project may be an in-depth study of a new network infrastructure for your company — e.g., you may want to eliminate desktop phones and switch

every one to WiFi-based VOIP clients for smartphones. Or you may want to perform a network analytics study to identify what kind of data flows through

your network so that you can accomodate future traffic demands. Or, you may want to installa a few “honeypots<

(computing)>” to watch for hackers attacking your network.

No matter what your project is, your first job is to convince your BBC CTO to approve it. Therefore, you need to submit a memo in support of your


Your memo should between 300 and 600 words, and contain the following:

  *   A brief description of the topic you would like to explore (e.g., study the feasibility of using the moon to bounce radio waves back to earth —

this, by the way, is called earth-moon-earth communications<> and it’s

actually a real thing!)
  *   Why this project is important for you and your team (e.g., in exploring EME communications, the team will gain proficiency in decoding highly-

disturbed signals).
  *   How you will go about to complete the project, in the form of a weekly timeline and deliverables (e.g., in the next week I will study propagation

of microwave signals and their scattering properties over amorphous surfacces, then I will submit a progress report to you).

In planning your project, you will consider a 5-week timeline, i.e., you should describe 5 weekly deliverables. Those deliverables will take the form of

a progress report from you to your BBC CTO; the text of each progress report should not exceed 264 words.