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Robotics 1b: Intelligent Robots

Robotics 1b: Intelligent Robots


The robots have invaded… and they’re here to make our lives easier. You’ve learned about the basics of robotics and STEM careers, but now we’re going to learn about manipulating the physical world to create desired effects. In this course, you’ll learn to manipulate electrical signals to create logic and memory, how to quantify the physical world through variables, and how to have an impact through tools. You’ll discover how to choose the best tools and materials, how to create AI, and how to take an idea from initial planning to a completed project. Let’s continue the pursuit of a career in robotics so the friendly invasion can thrive!

  • Powering up a robot’s computers, electric motors, sensors, and other auxiliary equipment requires an energy source. Although we would love to incorporate a battery that could last forever or perhaps even a wireless form of endless energy, we have to acknowledge that we continue to live within the realm of physics. So, when a robot is powered by a wall socket, where does that transferred energy come from? If a robot relies on batteries, how is that chemical energy formed? How do we even know how much electrical energy our robotic system requires? In this unit, you will discover that there are constraints and specific design criteria that will guide your understanding of the options and technology available to convert energy into a power supply for robotic systems.

    What will you learn in this unit?

    • Explain electrical voltage, current, and resistance
    • Differentiate between direct current and alternating current
    • Calculate an electrical circuit’s current, voltage, resistance, and power using Ohm’s law
    • Configure DC power sources in series and in parallel
    • Describe generator action
    • Identify a variety of circuit protection devices
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