Circuit Building Reflection

Wilson Wang

What did I do?

I built circuits shown on the schematics.

I familiarized myself with getting the right materials needed.

I interpreted the schematics in my own way and built it the way I see it.

I tested and solved problems that I encountered within my circuits.

I observed and made a truth table for each transistor gate.

What did I learn?

I learned when building on the breadboard, it's best not to follow the schematic.

I learned that by changing small things on a circuit can change what the outcome will be.

I learned that with 2 inputs there are 4 outputs.

The formula for the number of outcomes is: 2 to the power of the number of inputs.

I learned that in the 555 timer circuit, the larger the capacitor and the larger the resistor, the slower the LED's blink.

I learned how to fill out a truth table.

I learned that having a schematic with me, helps a lot, especially when troubleshooting mistakes with the circuits.

What did I enjoy?

I enjoyed problem solving and fixing issues that I come across when building these circuits.

I enjoyed the challenge of making the circuits more compact.

I enjoyed seeing my circuits work.

What did I not enjoy?

I didn't like how the 555 timer chip is numbered differently than it is in real life.

I did not enjoy having to move things when there isn't enough space

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What would I change if I were to repeat the project?

It would be good to know what the purpose of the circuit is before actually building it. Other than that, the circuit building was fun in a challenging way. It helps students improve their problem solving skills when they encounter problems within their circuits.