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It May Look Like 'Electronics for Dummies,' but It's Not

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Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   7/19/2012 3:21:19 PM
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I have to admit those were my thoughts when I saw this class offering, but that is probably an ego thing (yes, even women engineers have one occasionally LOL) and who knows what I might learn. I thought about having my teenage son sit in as a good introduction to electronics. I think you are right, there is always something we can learn and it never hurts to get a refresher on the basics.

warren@fourward.com
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warren@fourward.com   7/19/2012 3:53:50 PM
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It's always amazing how you forget the basics when you don't use them all the time.  I will wait with baited breath for the class to see if I'm as smart as my wife thinks I am.

Good luck with the class!

Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   7/19/2012 4:21:42 PM
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Good point, Warren - that is why I have kept every textbook I have ever owned! You never know when you need to go back to basics and go "Oh yeah, I remember going over that...that's how it works"

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richnass   7/19/2012 5:44:47 PM
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The other important piece that I didn't mention is that Max is extremely entertaining. The 30 or so minutes that he'll be teaching each day will zip by.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   7/19/2012 8:01:28 PM
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About half of our readers are mechanical engineers, many of whom haven't used EE basics since their first class in circuit theory in college. Much as we hate to admit it, that theory doesn't always stick with us over 10, 20 or 30 years.

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mrdon   7/19/2012 9:56:39 PM
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Hi Nancy,

I definitely agree with you 100%. That's the reason why I liked to teach is it allows me to refresh the basic theories learned in engineering school by explaining them to my students. I find writing books help as well to refresh basic electrical-electronics theories. Here's my latest book using the Arduino to teach the basics of electronics. http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Electronics-Arduino-Don-Wilcher/dp/1430242663/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342749308&sr=8-1&keywords=learn+electronics+with+arduino

mrdon
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mrdon   7/19/2012 10:03:52 PM
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A course like this is definitely needed for Mechanical Engineers. I've taught a Circuits and Electronics course to a group of undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student's and man the look on their faces were pricely. Can you say Ohm's Law!! I've worked with Mechanical Engineers and electronics and mechanics in the same project context, to some of them, just don't mix very well. 

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mrdon   7/19/2012 10:16:47 PM
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Clive is quite entertaining. His book Bebop to Boolean Boogie is an example of his quick wit and breaking tough subjects down, like digital electronics, to simple "bits" to understand. 

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Rob Spiegel   7/20/2012 12:33:05 AM
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With a stellar instructor this will be a great class. The proof will be in the enrollment and the comments. My prediction is this set of classes will prove to be a very good idea.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   7/20/2012 12:41:50 PM
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Looks like a good study – and I'd have no "pride" issues in signing up.  My gift, since toddler-hood was purely mechanical, and played out in Legos and Lincoln-Logs.  On the contrary, all the electronics experience I've gained has come as a force-feed  by placing myself in the mix of EE teams and in the heat of scheduled development programs. Studies such as this one would have been very valuable had I taken it 25 years ago.

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