Benjamin Finio is a lecturer in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, where he teaches MAE 3780: Mechatronics. Dr. Finio has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University, where he completed his thesis on the “Robobee” project in the Harvard Microrobotics Lab. He has experience teaching students of all ages, both online and in person, as well as designing electronics and robotics kits for both K-12 and college-level curricula. In addition to teaching at Cornell, Dr. Finio works for a science education website (Science Buddies), where he has written for Scientific American and made educational YouTube videos that have been viewed millions of times by people around the globe.
In this course, you will dive deeper into the behavior of time-varying circuits. You will assemble various essential time-varying circuits with an opportunity to practice on even more. Combining math and construction, you will predict circuit behavior through formulas and, using an oscilloscope, measure and compare their behavior with your predictions. Finally, you will build a practical circuit that completes a specific task, giving you applicable hands-on experience and critical-thinking abilities to help you reach your professional goals.
You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Building a Basic Circuit
Key Course Takeaways
- Use capacitors in time-varying circuits
- Measure behavior of time-varying circuits using an oscilloscope
- Use RC circuit step and frequency response
- Explore operational amplifiers
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Engineers (mechanical, software, civil, systems, chemical, biomedical)
- Robotics and automation technicians
- Technology researchers
- High school teachers