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.
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.
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.
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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