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Coding & Tech

Electricity, Electronics, and Circuits!

In this 8-week course, students will learn about electricity, what electronics do, and how to construct more advanced circuits to control, sense, and communicate with things.
Pete Marchetto
6 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 5 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

1. Be able to read a circuit diagram and describe what's happening in the circuit in it.
2. Be able to make a circuit where current will flow only one way, and know how much current will flow for how much voltage put into the circuit.
3. Be able to describe the use of switches, relays, transistors, amplifiers, and their kin.
4. Be able to turn electricity into another form of energy, or another form of energy into electricity, and describe how.
5. Be familiar with the differences between AC and DC, and how these two current types will be affected by the same circuit.
6. Be familiar with digital electronics from a gate perspective, and know what a microcontroller is.
7. Be able to design a basic system to control something based on sensing something else.
8. Be able to analyze an electronic circuit, modify it, and build it.
Homework will consist of a few problem sets, the use of online circuit simulators, and, where possible, the building of simple circuits. Readings, when necessary, will be taken from "Getting Started in Electronics" by Forrest M Mims (ISBN 9780945053286).
A copy of "Getting Started in Electronics" by Forrest M Mims (ISBN 9780945053286) is recommended. Also helpful: Electronics Starter Kit ( or equivalent) Power Supply ( or equivalent) Relay ( or equivalent) Motor ( or equivalent)
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Assessment will be via informal assessment each class. These will also guide the course of the course, so expect deviations from the above syllabus, as we speed up and slow down to handle students' capacities for the topics and concepts in the course.
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This course will talk about the use of electricity, and may include, where possible, the fabrication of circuits, and eventually may connect to devices that are connected to wall current. Standard precautions for the use of electricity must be observed.


Pete MarchettoDr. Pete, aka that crazy physics guy
6 total reviews
5 completed classes

About Me

I teach about science, technology, and engineering. I'm a physicist by training, and did my MS and PhD in Biological and Environmental Engineering, making instrumentation and tools for all sorts of folks in the biological and environmental... 
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