Find the 6.002 posts annoying?

September 16, 2010

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I’ve been worried that many Grok Project readers will find the ongoing posts about my progress taking the OpenCourseWare Circuits and Electronics (6.002) class to be uninteresting and annoying.  I figure some people will want to follow that closely, but many (i.e. most) will not.  So I’ve finally begun using the WordPress categories feature! If […]

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Making Rotarium

September 7, 2010

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Making Rotarium wasn’t easy because I’d never done anything like it before.  I made it with a free software package called Blender.  It has the kind of user interface that baffles and overwhelms until something clicks in the user’s mind.  Then it all makes sense. I could try to tell you all about how to […]

6.002 – Lecture, the Third

August 31, 2010

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Progress I watched lecture #3. I read chapter 3.5-3.6 of Foundations of analog and Digital Electronic Circuits. Summary Now I’ve learned about circuit linearity and some helpful analysis techniques which apply specifically to linear circuits: superposition, Thevenin equivalences, and Norton equivalences.  Good stuff!  But the book keeps also going into how these things apply to circuits […]

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Kodachrome

August 29, 2010

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Photo courtesy of Amy Lavallee

Despite Paul Simon’s strenuous objections, Eastman Kodak discontinued production of its famous Kodachrome color film last year.  The decline of older films like Kodachrome is due, in large part, to the widespread adoption of digital photography.  As I learn the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering, I hope to take frequent breaks to examine how […]

6.002 – Without Missing a Step

August 27, 2010

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Progress I watched lecture #2. I read chapter 2.1-2.5 & 3.1-3.3 of Foundations of analog and Digital Electronic Circuits. I began homework #1. Summary To me, the most striking aspect of this part of the course is that it takes the time prove the correctness of every circuit analysis tool it presents.  And not only that; […]

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6.002 – All Systems Go!

August 23, 2010

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Progress I watched lecture #1. I read chapter 1 of Foundations of analog and Digital Electronic Circuits. I read lab #0.  Pursuant to its instructions, I also read Lab Practice and Safety, Electrical Safety, and Lab Equipment Handout. Summary Professor Anant Agarwal’s first words in the first lecture of this class are, “So, one question to […]

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Water Printer

August 19, 2010

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Andy Dolph, my new entertainment technology correspondent, alerted me to the existence of a spectacular piece of entertainment technology!  Ferret that I am, I am more aware than most of the various shiny, flashy, color-y, fountain-y attractions that are out there.  This I didn’t know about until now.  My first thought was, “I can’t believe […]

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