How do I understand my Electronics course.

Electronic components - Resistor and capacitorThe first time I came in contact with electronics, I was at high school . We dealt with devices such as simple dc motors,electric lights and teachers told us it was a combination of these basic devices and many others that made possible the construction of the more advanced and sophisticated devices that we have got so dependent on in our daily lives.

I was always amazed at how electronics could do so many things ,and wondered if I could ever understand the mysteries behind the scenes.”may be one day , I will come up with an innovation of mine in this field that obviously held most of my interest.”I told myself.

I joined the Electrical Engineering department at college with a goal to learn as much as I could in the field, to push to a practical level.We dealt with calculus and physics in the first year and covered circuit analysis and digital electronics in the second.

Even though many of the working principles and concepts of electronics had been covered I still felt something was missing .I surely could solve circuit problems on paper and come up with designs that were logically correct .But when it came to building the actual circuit and make it perform as desired I often had myself a hard time trying to troubleshoot and nail problems down .I felt like” I could explain it ,but couldn’t do it.”I hated the feeling and something had to be done .I decided to embark on a new journey ,practice.

Since a great portion of theory had been covered ,I focused on practice .I went all the way back to the resistor and explored many of its practical uses such as voltage dividing and current limiting .After the resistor I moved on to the capacitor ,the inductor and many other devices .Labs were carried out on a small set of instruments that I had put together.

By the time i finished labs related to circuit analysis and analog electronics I started to see many of my questions answered .I could design circuits to implement common applications of basic electronic components .I came to an understanding that when basics have been mastered from a practical perspective ,even bigger and more complex systems can be approached and understood.

My advice ?My advice is to grab as much information as you can while still in front of your instructor ;this includes theory and labs proposed by many colleges. Spend some time alone trying to make your own sense of what they have been teaching you; this might be achieved through reading what different authors say about the same subject and boil them down into your own understanding ; after concepts and principles have been nailed down try to get your hands on actual electronic parts and connect them to achieve functions you have been learning about .Be creative !A word of caution though ;go through safety precautions available at many lab environments before you power devices for your lab.

I wrote this post in hope that my learning experience might help someone with questions I have asked myself for a long time .Do you have any experience that you would like to share with us ?Feel free to comment and tell us. May be your experience is exactly what someone needs to solve a particular problem !I hope this post has been informative to you and I would like to thank you for reading.

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Daniel Gakwaya loves computer Hardware/Software.He is a Software Engineer at BLIKOON and lead developer of bliboard-The whiteboard system currently marketed by the company.He is known to hack around on any piece of tech that happens to pick his interest. More on his tech endeavors here
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  1. you have a good motivation to choose electronic courses. and if you will be a successful someday. you already know how electrical components are used for technology and it can really help a lot.

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