IN 2015 this site will get a complete makeover. You will have to go to science-ebooks.com
directly in order to see new directory.
Teachers who are using any part this site for teaching a class please email me at address below, and I will contact you when I have completed my new site. If you wish to include URL of page or pages that you use, than I will restore them ASAP for your benefit.
High school and Middle school Teachers Page (K12?)
Some Electronics should be included in a K12 curriculum.
I really don't believe electronics should be taught in kindergarten, but it was easy to fit the term "K12" on a button. However, when I studied and later taught electronics at a technical school, I realized that much of an electronics curriculum was a straight forward application of the mathematics and physics that I was taught in High school. Namely, algebraic and trigonometric skills such as logarithms, vector addition, polar coordinates, and imaginary numbers were part of math curriculum. The fundamentals of Electricity and Magnetism were taught by physics and general science teachers. Where in a K12 curriculum my animations should be used as a way to spice up a dry lesson plan is for the teacher to determine. Of course a teacher requires some knowledge of electronics to make good use of the animations and simulations that I supply. It is not my purpose to teach instructors electronics. This Web supplies or links to many free animations and simulations for teachers to use.
Electronics in High school?
Why I believe a brief curriculum of electronics should be included as part of a physics or mathematics High school curriculum. The miniaturizing and encapsulation of electronic circuitry is making the traditional vocational electronics course less relevant. We will always need electronic technicians to troubleshoot and localize failures to a discrete component such as a resistor, capacitor, inductor, transistor or a basic digital component such as a AND gate. Thus, fewer tech schools will specialize in teaching basic electronics. I believe that information technology or computer specialists of the future should have some knowledge of the fundamentals of the systems that they work with even if that work only consists of the replacement of modules and analysis of computer data consisting of 1's and 0's .
Calculus, who needs it?
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