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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.

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David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015