Electric circuits are one of the most essential, if not the most essential, aspects of electricity. They represent a flow of electrons that external forces have directed. Electrons do not naturally move in a circuit, and they scatter randomly until they encounter an obstacle – or until some device draws them toward it. In this course, you will learn about basic electric circuit theory, and then we’ll take a deep dive into understanding how to create fascinating circuit designs.
You will also learn about all the components of a circuit and how to combine them. This course is suited for those that want to create their circuits from scratch, but even if you think you have no interest in creating your projects, a basic knowledge of circuit theory can be helpful in many fields.
This course will cover a wide range of concepts, including:
- Electric current: What it is and how it flows through circuits.
- Voltage – The pressure that allows electrons to flow through the circuit.
- Resistance – How to measure resistance and the effective resistance has on a circuit.
- Ohm’s Law – The law describes how voltage, currents and resistance relate to each other.
- Inductors – Why inductors are critical in circuits and how to create them.
- Capacitors – What a capacitor is and how it works in a circuit.
- Transformers – Why you can’t create a transformer without knowing about electrical energy.
- Transistors – What transistors are, how their structure relates to the material they’re made of, and why they’re essential in electronic circuits.
- Photovoltaic (PV) cells – How they convert light into electricity and how they can be used to generate power.
How does one learn about circuit theory and circuit design?
You can take a course from online courses platform and your local college or university, but many of these courses are not efficient because they only discuss the most basic concepts. A lot of this information is already available online, and many tutorials give good descriptions of what circuits are and how they work. These tutorials can be handy, but they are not precisely organized enough to help you understand the whole picture. I wanted to design a more efficient course in teaching college-level material, so I created this course you’re reading right now. In this course, I will teach you all the concepts you need to know in an organized manner to apply them in any circuit design project.
What can I expect from this course?
You will learn a lot about how circuits function, and this knowledge will allow you to design your circuits for all sorts of applications. I’ve designed this course to be as efficient as possible to give you the essential information steadily. You don’t have to watch every lecture at once; use the content whenever you need it. Every lesson is designed to be easily understood, and the video lectures are very well-produced, so don’t be intimidated by all of the technology.
The course is divided into four parts: Basics, Parts, Circuits and Components. Each part is further broken down into four individual lessons that will take you from the very beginning of circuit theory to advanced techniques. The final part contains a collection of small projects to try out and become familiar with some tools and techniques that will help you understand how circuits work.
What skills do I need?
It would be best to have an excellent grasp of basic mathematics and concepts such as vectors and vectors squared, trig functions and trig identities, logarithms/logs, etc. If you don’t know what anything in the above sentence means, this is probably not the right course. It doesn’t hurt if you have a basic understanding of calculus.You will also need a tool to draw circuits with, such as a circuit maker. Of course, you can always use pen and paper, but this course is designed to teach you how to create circuits digitally.
How long will it take?
It will take between 5-10 hours to complete this course by online course app, based on how fast you can learn and how fast you can complete the self-assignments. It would be best if you also tried out all of the self-assignments and projects to understand everything presented in this course.The entire course, including all assignments, is designed to be self-contained. You do not need any specific background knowledge to complete them; however, it will make them much easier if you understand circuit theory as presented in this course.