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Background Knowledge Expected
Requires Lots of Research
This class was tough.
This course is required in the mechanical engineering department and also one of the most dreaded by ME students. This is likely due to the fact that the class focuses on applied circuits, an area of study vastly different from most ME courses. This is exactly the reason I encourage all ME students to put forth the effort to fully understand these concepts.
Because I am a hands on learner, my favorite part of this course was the laboratory. The labs were fairly difficult because very little procedural instructions were given. This meant we had to use concepts learned in the lecture and physically apply them to complete tasks such as writing code to make pneumatic cylinders carry out a specific operation using programmable logic controllers. These characteristics made the course very mentally challenging but also extremely mentally stimulating. The difficulty of the lab facilitated and required peer collaboration thus creating my ideal learning environment.
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I encourage other mechanical engineering students to try to embrace this subject with a positive attitude and potentially change their opinion about the course. I am very adamant in expressing this mentality due to the fact that so many of my peers dreaded the course to the extent of learning only what was necessary to pass, yet as ME students understanding how to electronically control processes is essential to our intended field.