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Click to view contentThe previous blog post focused on generalized number bases – an essential concept of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) that is often not covered well at the high school level. Another area where pre-college preparation often falls short of college ECE expectations is the relationship between frequency, period, and wavelength for… (Show more)
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Click to view contentA motivated high school student can usually obtain appropriate high school math preparation for an electrical and computer engineering (ECE) or computer science course of study. Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus are widely available in many high schools, and these are mostly sufficient for a freshman engineering student.   However,… (Show more)
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Click to view contentIt is difficult for electrical and computer engineering (ECE) students to master the field’s many technical terms, abbreviations, and acronyms. While topics like resistance, capacitance, voltage, current, and power are typically covered in high school physics, freshman engineering students quickly find themselves studying mysterious concepts like… (Show more)
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Click to view contentOne challenging aspect of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) is that electrical current is inherently difficult to visualize. Mechanical engineers see things spin and bend; chemical engineers see color changes and crystallization, and civil engineers often work on huge projects that can be seen from airplanes. ECE students, on the other… (Show more)
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BradJolly
Click to view contentA previous blog post in this series highlighted the free circuits textbook from the Free Electrical Engineering Textbook Initiative. The initiative is a joint effort among experienced, highly respected professors from the Universities of Michigan, Utah, and California, Berkeley.   In addition to the circuits textbook, the initiative has produced… (Show more)
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BradJolly
Click to view contentThis is a follow-up to the previous post on how you can create CCDF charts quickly, and for free. That post ended with a nice-looking CCDF chart, shown below. Figure 1: CCDF Chart   While this chart is correct, it may be misleading to the reader, because the dramatic drop appears between -5 and -6. Although these current levels (1 to 10 µA)… (Show more)
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Click to view contentThere is an obvious, longstanding trend in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) toward energy conservation and ever-longer battery life. This is especially true in applications related to the Internet of Things (IoT), where expectations of 5- and 10-year battery life for sensors are common. It is also true for battery-powered medical devices… (Show more)
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Click to view contentIf you will pardon the pun, an electrical and computer engineering (ECE) student must be solidly grounded in mathematical analysis to succeed in calculus, differential equations, Laplace transforms, and other areas of high-level mathematics. Fortunately, one of the classic, proven texts in the field, Principles of Mathematical Analysis, is… (Show more)
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Click to view contentAn electrical and computer engineering (ECE) student studying waveforms, noise, and signal modulation must generate and view a signal. Lab equipment is sometimes in short supply, and if no function generator is available, there may be no signal to view.   Fortunately, many Keysight InfiniiVision X-series oscilloscopes can generate a wide variety… (Show more)
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Click to view contentThe field of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) is very broad; some well-known universities require 134 credits or more for a bachelor’s degree. Even with that many credits, there is no way an undergraduate education can expose an ECE student to everything that may be required in industry.   One area that usually gets limited (if any)… (Show more)
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