Making a Bode plot for your electrical engineering homework

I remember when I was doing my ECE homework back in college and how the methods we were taught on making a Bode plot were rather clunky and difficult to remember. The textbooks weren’t much help and I couldn’t find a good explanation online. Today, we’ll go over how to make a Bode plot in a way that even a high school student should be comfortable with. The only requisite knowledge is a passing familiarity with complex (imaginary) numbers.

We’ll go over two ways to make a Bode plot. By hand and with our trusty TI-89-calculator…