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Science on the Web – Part Three, All About Circuits

All About Circuits – Tony R. Kuphaldt


Tony R. Kuphaldt is an instructor at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, Washington.
If you are planning on a career in electrical or electronic work All About Circuits is dedicated to you. Go through each and every chapter (under sitemap), do not skip and do the tests. Electrical or electronic students have one thing in common, they love reading and they love reading about how things work.

Technically minded people are not usually money-savvy because money is of secondary importance. Technicians never die of starvation – Confucious 551BC ~ 479BC

Not that long ago a student at any learning center had to go to the local library to find literature on his subjects of choice or purchase the books which are stipulated in the syllabus. Things only got better with the internet and much better with Wikipedia. Yes, academics strongly advise their students not to plagiarise neither get their information from Wiki based on the inaccuracies posted but for all intents and purposes Wiki serves a really great purpose and by knowing the fundamentals and doing further research a student would be able to sift the fact from fiction. Here’s the thing though, sometimes we are just lucky enough to find a gem of a website where the scribe is indeed an academic and indeed posts their own training to students or lecture material for free on the web.


All About Circuits is just such a website.  I can guarantee any avid reader of literature where core material is based on electricity and magnetism, audio or circuits in general, web linking will take you to Rod Elliott, Tomi Engdahl and/or Tony Kuphaldt’s All About Circuits website.  I first came across this website quite a few years back whilst writing a program to determine the correct Power Factor Correction capacitors for an inductive load on an a.c. circuit. I studied a.c. circuits in the mid to late 70s and really never needed to use any circuit design remotely associated to power factor correction until then. Because of the sudden interest in seeing what else Mr. Kuphaldt’s website had to say I spent the better part of five hours going through the website, so brilliant it was. Yes it is open commons but who cares. It has been authored extremely well and caters for the needs of most electrical or electronic students.

What makes All About Circuits so wonderful to browse through or if you are a student, starting a brainstorming session, is the Q&A, forums and the lack of all the bells and whistles inherent to any website selling you a product. Here the product is ‘read, learn and experiment’ and it is free after all.
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