Signal Conditioning

In this lab, students will learn the importance of signal conditioning in a data acquisition system. First, they will learn how analog signals are prepared for digitizing using various methods, including amplification, attenuation, and filtering. Next, students will learn about the different circuits that are used for signal conditioning. The students will design a signal conditioning circuit in a simulator and then verify their design using a sensor. Throughout the process, they will answer short questions to confirm their understanding.

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This is lab 2 of 10 in the course, Student Projects for Measurements and Instrumentation.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the types of signal conditioning and their applications for different sensors and measurement types.
  2. Discuss ways to optimize a measurement system to produce a higher quality signal and increase the signal-to-noise ratio.
  3. Design and implement an appropriate signal conditioning configuration, given a measurement scenario including a chosen sensor.


  • Introductory Physics
  • Basic LabVIEW Proficiency
  • Basic Breadboarding Skills


Engineering laboratory solution for project-based learning that combines instrumentation and embedded design with a web-driven experience, delivering a greater understanding of engineering fundamentals and system design.


Multisim is a circuit simulation tool built for educators to teach analog, digital, and power electronics by connecting simulation to experimentation. 

Measurements Parts Kit for NI ELVIS III

A set of components for sensor and signal exploration that complements the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) to enable teaching concepts in measurements and instrumentation.

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