The Watt?: Great Kickstarter project aims at helping people better understand energy

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4 Responses to “The Watt?: Great Kickstarter project aims at helping people better understand energy”

  1. Roy Trumbull says:

    In the 1950s electronics still ranked below electricity. Degrees were in electrical engineering with an electronics major. Now electronics is so complex that electrical theory, as it applies to transmission and motors etc. has been minimized. As an example, do you know about “power factor” , “split phase”, or the relationship between line and phase voltages in “delta” and “wye” systems? Today, not as many engineers specialize in purely electrical systems but those who do earn good money.

    • bcsizemo says:

      Maybe electrical engineering has changed in the last decade, but those are all things that were covered when I received my bachelors in 2002.

      I will say that there is a difference between designing all digital circuits/chip layout than there is power systems or even the application of said circuits and control theory.  With an ever expanding selection of digital and analog pieces to work with, the level of specialization pretty much has to increase. 

      Same goes for computers.  It’s not like there aren’t a dozen or more programming languages actively being used today.  Plus on top of all the old semi-obsolete ones still being used and maintained.  It’d be very hard to be really good at everything from assembly and Cobol, to C# and Ruby.

      • AnthonyC says:

        Computer science majors, however, are expected to pick up new computer languages on their own, as needed, from a book in a couple of weeks or so.

        The difference in knowledge between electronics and purely electrical engineers seems substantially larger. More like the difference between a mathematician and a statistician.

  2. The watt is nice, but it’s the joules that count.

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