In this course you will learn that there’s more to life than the Arduino Uno and that there’s probably a better way to do what you’ve been doing with microcontrollers. Yes, Arduino is an excellent platform to get you started, but you will learn that Arduino is not part of the day to day electronics you use like your TV, microwave oven or car dashboard.
Do you know how the supporting hardware in a microcontroller work? Well, you will learn that here. Also as a bonus you will learn how the functions in dumbed-down libraries work.
This is not exactly a hands-on course, not if you don’t want it to be. There are no promises on the projects you’ll make because I won’t force you to build something you didn’t choose to. However, I strongly recommend that you code along. Several microcontroller development platforms are showcased, but you should follow the examples with your own microcontroller.
You should know that most lectures have the following elements:
-Actual lecture content
– and Quizzes
Who this course is for:
- Makers who have some experience with hardware and would like to learn how these circuits work with as few equations as possible.
- Coders who were introduced to hardware through some development board popular in the Maker movement, such as the Raspberry Pi or Arduino (e.g. blinking an LED, reading push button input)
- Beginners who would rather skip the boring theory and math, and dive into fun hands- on applications that move, light up and make sounds instead.
- This course is not for advanced hardware designers or electrical engineers.
- This is not an introductory Microcontroller course. You will not learn to use an Arduino board by taking this course.
- This is not a theoretical electronics course. Some of the basics are covered but we won’t study differential equations, transforms, or transfer functions.
- This is not a programming introductory course. You won’t learn C, python or Java by taking this course.
- A development platform is recommended to get the most out of this course. Anything from Arduino to Raspberry Pi to the BASIC Stamp, TI Launchpad or NXP Freedom board will do. Even stand alone microcontrollers such as NXP s08, microchip PIC or TI MSP430 will do.
- Some actuators and sensors, not necessarily designed to work with your development platform. Anything you’d like to experiment with, such as RC servos, LCD displays, temperature sensors, motors, accelerometers, optical encoders, potentiometers and so on.
- Some basic knowledge of how to run your code in your development platform is assumed.
- Some basic knowledge on electronics is assumed, such as Ohm’s Law, Series and Parallel Circuits, Voltage, Current, and so on
Last updated 4/2017
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