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Your 2023 Back-to-School Guide to All About Circuits’ Educational Resources

October 11, 2023 by Jeff Child

Whether you are just starting your first year as an engineering student, working on a second or third degree, or simply want to brush up on key topics, All About Circuits has the resources you need: awesome textbooks, technical articles, calculators, and more for your EE studies.

October has arrived!

By now, you’ve been through your first weeks of engineering classes, you’ve learned which professors draw the best whiteboard diagrams, and which one’s reply to your emails the fastest. And you’ve gotten comfortable with your lab partners in the electronics lab. You and your roommate have learned the best pizza places off campus and where to get a decent cup of morning coffee. Or maybe you’ve got your Zoom game down if you’re attending college remotely.

Whatever your situation, now’s the time to make sure you know where to get the best online resources to help with your college electrical engineering classes. For that, you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we point you to the key EE online resources available on All About Circuits, including textbooks, technical articles, videos, engineering homework help, calculators for electronics, and more!

 

Electrical Engineering Textbooks

Go to our Lessons in Electric Circuits landing page to find our comprehensive six volume textbook covering electricity and electronics, AC and DC, semiconductors, digital circuits, lab projects, and more. The landing page lets you look for the subtopic you want by chapter, or you can search topics by electronics product type.

We also have a Practical Guide to Radio-Frequency Analysis and Design textbook to introduce you to RF principles, components, spectrum, signals, and modulation.

 

Homework Help Thread on the All About Circuits Forum

The foundation of All About Circuits—and where it all got started—is its vast online forum. There’s a handy Homework Help thread there where experienced engineers from our community can guide you through textbook questions you’re stuck on, school projects, and other coursework challenges.
 

Check Out These Handy Calculators for Engineers

It’s perhaps the understatement of all understatements to say EE students need to learn a lot of formulas and equations. And because you’re not math majors, you need to actually use those equations in practical ways.

To help you out, All About Circuits offers the best calculators on the Internet. You can use calculators to help you quickly design new circuits and solve your EE homework problems. Each calculator page not only has the calculator itself but also an explanation of the concept and equations on which the calculator is based.

Go to (and bookmark) our Calculators & Tools landing page to scroll through or search for the calculator you need.

We have lots of calculators for EEs, but here’s a couple of popular ones:

Resistor Color Code Calculator

Op-Amp Voltage and Gain Calculator

Parallel Resistor Calculator

RMS Voltage Calculator

Capacitor Impedance Calculator

Coil Inductance Calculator

 

Video Tutorials Get You Up to Speed

Video is a great way to learn electrical engineering concepts. Check out our Video Tutorials page for our premiere selection of quality, up-to-date videos guiding you through the basic concepts of electronics.

Topics include everything from analog and digital concepts, to electronic components, and more. For beginners and beyond, these videos are narrated by long time All About Circuits content contributor Robert Keim.

There are 35 video tutorials, but here are just a couple of examples:

AC vs. DC Electrical Signals

Introduction to Power Management: Voltage Regulator ICs

Architecture and Design Techniques of Op-Amps
 

Video Lectures Let You Learn On Demand

Want more video? Go to our Video Lectures page to see our selection of free video lectures. Topics range from basic electronics to semiconductor technology. Learn from hundreds of videos, organized into 13 different electrical engineering topic categories.

Here are just a few examples:

Circuit Simulation

Boolean Expressions and Truth Tables

Circuit Analysis of AC Resistive Circuits
 

A Rich Selection of Technical Articles

We’ve got a rich crop of Technical Articles on All About Circuits. These are helpful to  help engineering students solve problems they encounter in their studies, and working engineers rely on them too.

Topics range from high-level theory to tutorials on tools to analyses of specific circuit types. Search for what you need, but here’s a selection we’ve picked out that are particularly useful for students like you:

The Karnaugh Map Boolean Algebraic Simplification Technique

An Introduction to Filters

Understanding, Calculating, and Measuring Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)

What Is a Microcontroller?

Understanding Schematics

Introduction to the Discrete Fourier Transform

Understanding Arduino UNO Hardware Design

 

Worksheets to Test Your EE Knowledge

When you’re getting ready for your mid-term exams or if you just want to test your knowledge, check out our extensive selection of Engineering Worksheets. There are hundreds of worksheets collected in 8 different categories ranging from basic electricity to digital circuits. Each worksheet comprises several questions and there’s an option to download each as a pdf.

Here’s a taste:

Flip-Flop Circuits

AC Generator Theory

Kirchhoff’s Laws

 

For Entertainment and Education

If you want a fun, quick, weekly update on what is new in the electrical engineering world, check out our new All About Circuits Spotlight videos.

Or kickback with our Moore's Lobby podcast where we chat with the most innovative industry leaders from the coolest companies about their latest technologies. They often share the important lessons they have learned along the way that can be useful in your career.

 

Please Engage With Us!

If you’re an engineering student now solidly into your Fall semester, we think you’ll find this rich spread of educational resources helpful in your coursework, your class projects, and your electronics lab work.

By the way, if you’re PhD in electrical engineering, sciences, or related fields, perhaps you’d like to help contribute article content to All About Circuits. Check out our Write for Us page.

Finally, if you’re a working EE reading this, we’d love to hear any tips, tricks, or wisdom for EE students back in the classroom. Share them with us in the comment section below.

 

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