Interactive Numerical and Symbolic Analysis: A New Paradigm for Teaching Electronics

Jean-Claude Thomassian

Abstract


Analog Insydes, Mathematica?s symbolic circuit analysis toolbox, uses modern algorithms of expression simplification depending on comparisons with a numerical reference solution of the circuit under investigation. Some insight is offered on how the complexity of an expression barrier is overcome followed by two classical examples, a BJT emitter follower and a MOSFET common-gate amplifier stage to illustrate the proposed method at work. A concluding section discusses that time spent teaching introductory electronics by computer-aided circuit analysis, interactive numerical and symbolic, is a worthwhile investment.

Keywords


Analog Insydes; computer algebra; electrical engineering education; expression simplification; symbolic techniques

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. ISSN: 1863-0383
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