A desktop PC running Windows (with printer, scanner, camera, and web access)
A MAC laptop
A netbook running Windows
A netbook running Linux
A tablet running Android (plus an external keyboard)
(Network at least some of these.)
Programmable pocket calculators
Digital powered breadboard and chip set
External harddrives, diskdrives, and CD ROM
Software including: Solaris OS, Office Suite, drawing/graphics package, statistics/plotting package, C++ development environment, JAVA development environment, BASIC development environment, PROLOG development environment
Media: CDs, floppies, USB drives, memory sticks, SD cards, etc.
Thorough documentation for all of the above.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Students need to be taught the distinction between "simple" circuits and "practical" circuits. A simple circuit has the minimum number of components necessary to perform its function. It is used to explain how the device (oscillator, amplifier, logic gate, etc.) works. If you build the simple circuit it may take some adjustment ("playing") in order to get the device to function and its performance may be poor. A practical circuit will typically have far more component parts but will function reliably. The practical circuit is the one you will use regularly out in the world.