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May 25th, 2017, 07:31 PM   #491
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Can you design and build electronics without math?


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May 25th, 2017, 07:45 PM   #492
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You've asked this question several times in different ways. Given the replies, what do you think?
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May 25th, 2017, 08:41 PM   #493
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I think if you have a general idea about how electronic components work, function, and interact, designing and building circuits is like Lego Engineering. It's more vital to know the ideas, concepts, and mechanics. The math can become a distraction, because it's not essential or necessary to creating electronics.

I prefer to try to think of electronic components as toys (e.g. pieces, blocks, legos, etc) and the designing and building of circuits as plug-and-play.
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It is a bit like that in some sense. In fact, many commercial products that are marketed for kids or hobbyists are designed in a way that allow for this plug and play aspect, both in hardware and software.

However, suppose i ask you to build/design a circuit which has some specific output among other criteria. How will you select your components and build them without calculating their outputs etc.?

Of course, at this level it would be possible. You could just find some calculator which does it all for you. But in general i think you would be shooting yourself in the foot for thinking that there is no need for math in the design of your circuits.
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May 26th, 2017, 07:57 AM   #495
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Are servos motors just stepper motors with high resolution?
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May 27th, 2017, 05:12 PM   #496
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When a book talks about controlling motors, even if they don't mention servos by name, isn't that essentially what they're talking about?


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May 27th, 2017, 06:56 PM   #497
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When a book talks about controlling motors, even if they don't mention servos by name, isn't that essentially what they're talking about?


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Likely they are referring to motors in general. There are many types.
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May 27th, 2017, 07:25 PM   #498
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Is a servo just a DC motor, op amp with some feedback used to control it, or is it a completely separate entity?
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A servo is a DC motor yes. The main difference being that servos are controlled via PWM, allowing for much more precise control.

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So servos are not a different, special, separate type of motor but rather refers to a different type, method of controlling motors?
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