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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by tioga 0630, Oct 4, 2003.

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  1. tioga 0630

    tioga 0630 Guest

    Since the end of August, I've been searching the web for sites that
    offer basic tutorials in DC Electricity. My instructor isn't a gifted
    teacher; everyone in my class admits they have to teach themselves.
    The instructor's attitude is that if you have "it," you have it
    (understanding the math, the concepts, etc.), and if you don't, you
    don't. Most of us aren't the children of engineers, physicists,
    and/or contractors for parents.

    Right now, I'm having a b*!ch of a time understanding schematics for
    parallel circuits. If anyone knows a site where basic DC electronics
    are discussed without having to pay for a course online, I'd
    appreciate hearing where I can find it. Thank you.
  2. Baphomet

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  3. John Fortier

    John Fortier Guest

    My initial response to this is that you need to ask for your money back. If
    you have paid for this course, then you aren't receiving value for money.

    Have you and your class mates tried telling your "instructor" how
    dis-satisfied you are with his methods? If he persists in his attitude, go
    to his superior. Don't forget that students are customers, and they should
    get what they are paying for, in this case, competent instruction in basic
    electrical circuits. Speaking as someone who has taught this subject, I
    have to say that it is probably the simplest part of any electrical course,
    and any instructor who can't teach it needs to be looking for other
    employment. If he can't teach this, then what kind of mangle he'll make of
    AC theory is anyone's guess.

    OK, the next question is "What text books are you using?". If the course
    includes any kind of well regarded text book, then your first recourse
    should be to them. If the course doesn't include any well known text books,
    then you're better off just getting your money back and leaving. As it is
    you are basically wasting the time you spend in class.

    I guess this is a pet rant of mine, since I tried very hard to make sure
    that my students actually understood the subject matter and didn't just
    learn it by rote. Any "instructor" who can't be bothered to do that isn't
    an instructor at all, just a windbag with pretensions.

    As far as online courses are concerned, try from Cambridge Regional
    College, Cambridge, England seems pretty good. (And if anyone asks where
    you went to college, tell them Cambridge!)

    Hope this helps

  4. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

    You could do worse than hang out here and ask questions, and since this
    is sci.electronics.basics, there is no such thing as a stupid question.

    What kind of problems are you having with parallel circuits?
  5. Vivek G.

    Vivek G. Guest

  6. Baphomet

    Baphomet Guest

    John -

    I think to a large extent, tenure has taken the free market out of free
    market and so it's difficult to use a normal business model as to the way
    things are done (or at least should be done) in this particular example.

    It really does make one wonder, doesn't it?
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