Basic Electronics and Programming

DESCRIPTION:

This class will cover the basic subjects of Electronics and Computer Science.  This class will begin with basic electronic concepts, such as voltage/current, resistors, capacitors, transistors, and integrated circuits.  Additionally, there will be a rudimentary section for reading and generation of circuit schematics.  Once basic electronics have been understood, the application of that knowledge will be applied to basic programming using a microprocessor evaluation kit (provided for each student).  The final section of the class will tie all knowledge learned to give the student the opportunity to take and pass an Amateur Radio (ham) license.   

The class will consist primarily of home reading assignments and in class “hands on” labs.  There will be exams and/or projects as needed.

Teacher: Ken Edwards  ken.edwards@mindspring.com

Prerequisites:

The student must have a basic knowledge of Algebra (variable substation and order of operations).  Here are a few test questions to gauge if the student has the prerequisites

  1. Given E=I*R; and E=5 and R=100, can you find I ?
  2. Solve (5*2)-((-1*6)+(4*3))
  3. What is the square root of 9 ?
  4. What is the square of 2 ?
  5. 2 Mwatts = ___________ Watts
  6. 0.06 Watts = __________mWatts

The student must have access to a computer running Windows 7 or greater with at least 2 GB of RAM and 2 GB of free space.  If the student prefers Linux or MacOS, please check for requirements before class.

Texts: 

Basic Electronics by Gene McWhorter (Author), Alvis J. Evans (Author)