Making things simpler in circuit theory
An innovative way of teaching introductory circuit theory to higher education first courses of nonelectrical engineering students arises from our own teaching experience. In these students' learning programme, circuit theory is located at the very early stages (first or second semester, when the student is still not too skilled on maths). Fewer credits are being devoted to it, since it is viewed as an introductory subject, a precursor to subsequent systems theory and electronics. In this paper we wish to encourage teachers to give up the classical approach to circuits and replace it with the proposed Laplace transform approach which, remembering A. Einstein's sentence, 'Everything should be made as simple as possible' allows circuit theory to be made much simpler. Perhaps, this attitude could grow into a text book, definitively new and different, intended for teaching the basics of circuits to first courses of non-electrical engineering students. © 2008 TEMPUS Publications.
Porta, S; Cabeza, R; Villanueva, A; Navallas, J
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