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 To further reinforce this philosophy this book makes extensive use of the more hands on concepts originally developed at Rensselear within the Mobile Studio project and desktop hardware and software. Laboratory activities are integrated with the lecture materials where the reader will learn and retain much more by actually building and analyzing real circuits, letting the low cost and compact individually owned hardware provide the "​answers"​ instead of a book or the instructor. Lab experimentation provides a sense of where things deviate from theory, offering the opportunity to explore non-ideal conditions; while also giving the reader a chance to play with hardware and gain the experience that helps them support their subsequent design courses. To further reinforce this philosophy this book makes extensive use of the more hands on concepts originally developed at Rensselear within the Mobile Studio project and desktop hardware and software. Laboratory activities are integrated with the lecture materials where the reader will learn and retain much more by actually building and analyzing real circuits, letting the low cost and compact individually owned hardware provide the "​answers"​ instead of a book or the instructor. Lab experimentation provides a sense of where things deviate from theory, offering the opportunity to explore non-ideal conditions; while also giving the reader a chance to play with hardware and gain the experience that helps them support their subsequent design courses.
  
-Hands-on, intellectually engaging studio course delivery was a revolutionary idea that has improved the quality of education at Rensselaer over the past several years and has since been adopted, in various forms, by many other universities. Yet even with more engaging studio environments,​ student learning is still impeded by space constraints,​ insufficient time for laboratory activities (particularly to do the in-depth probing that leads to an intuitive feel for system design) and poorly designed equipment that takes up a great deal of space. Furthermore,​ the equipment sets can't be brought home for individual study, thus limiting the time for hands-on exploration that students need to grasp the "big ideas" in engineering. ​This has fundamentally changed with the introduction of the Analog Discovery Design Kit now being provided at low cost to students by Digilent Inc. +Hands-on, intellectually engaging studio course delivery was a revolutionary idea that has improved the quality of education at Rensselaer over the past several years and has since been adopted, in various forms, by many other universities. Yet even with more engaging studio environments,​ student learning is still impeded by space constraints,​ insufficient time for laboratory activities (particularly to do the in-depth probing that leads to an intuitive feel for system design) and poorly designed equipment that takes up a great deal of space. Furthermore,​ the equipment sets can't be brought home for individual study, thus limiting the time for hands-on exploration that students need to grasp the "big ideas" in engineering.
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-[[http://​www.digilentinc.com/​Products/​Detail.cfm?​NavPath=2,​842,​1018&​Prod=ANALOG-DISCOVERY|Analog Discovery]]+
  
 This text does not provide much in the way of historical background to the Electronic principles or concepts presented here. Those readers interested in such background are encouraged to search out the history of Electronics. This text does not provide much in the way of historical background to the Electronic principles or concepts presented here. Those readers interested in such background are encouraged to search out the history of Electronics.
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