What Is Electronics Comprehension?
First, there was the slide rule, and then the handheld programmable
calculator. These tools characterized the "number crunching" nature
of electronics technology through the 20th century. Today, however,
the "number crunching" required for routine circuit
analysis-and-design has been turned over to automated systems--even
in many school laboratories.
This does not eliminate the need for mastering the algebra of Ohm's
Law, Kirchoff's Laws, and other paper-and-pencil calculations.
(Consider that home budget apps do not totally eliminate the need
for mastering the operations for adding columns of figures,
multiplying decimal values, fiddling with some fractions, and so on.)
But the emphasis is changing, from calculations to abstract
interactions between systems.
Today's technology requires electronics technicians and engineers
to develop a deeper familiarity with the interaction of systems and devices of ever-growing complexity. It is now more important to understand
how components and systems interact with one another (leaving the boring details of quantification to "number crunching" automation.
The flashcards that are featured on this
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