Learn a superpower to improve your performance in class
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An Effective Approach to Tackling Textbook Problems to Stop Struggling and Really Start Learning
4.7 (16 ratings)
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Last updated 5/2017
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Come up with the right solution to Science, Engineering and Math problems
  • Know exactly the next step at solving a textbook problem.
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Requirements
  • To be currently enrolled in some class you’re struggling with. Let’s beat the heck out of it!
  • A Calculator. It depends on your application, but be sure to choose the right one for your profession.
  • An Open Mind. I’ll teach you the same things you’ve been taught since grade school, but backwards.
  • Some basic algebraic equation manipulation.
  • Some knowledge of the basic laws and equations to be used in the field of your problems.
Description

This method works! I’ve tested it for over 10 years of teaching Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Once the students get the hang of this method, their Physics, Math and other STEM classes become much, much less of a challenge, so they can concentrate on solid learning.


Why should you take this course?

Because when it comes to textbook problem solving, you probably were wrongly taught to mimic your teachers.

  • Can you always produce the answer to the problems that are presented to you?
  • While solving a textbook problem on your own, have you gotten to the point where you don't know what to do next?
  • In class, have you found yourself asking “How did the teacher come up with that step?” or “How did the teacher know we had to use that equation?” or “How was I supposed to know that?” ?
Who is the target audience?
  • Students at any academic level, struggling with problems of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
  • Engineering Students, our specialty.
  • Casual students at STEM.
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73 Lectures
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Introduction
6 Lectures 14:08
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A Directed Acyclic Graph View of the Methods
3 Lectures 07:31
The DAG
02:11

The DAG, Bottom-Up
02:27

The DAG, Top-Down
02:53
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The Bottom-Up Approach: The way we were taught
3 Lectures 04:06

Some Bottom up Examples
00:39

When is Bottom-Up useful?
01:48
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The Top-Down Approach: A Fool-Proof Technique
6 Lectures 10:28
Answer the question!
01:08

How the Top-Down Approach Works
00:54

Some Rules
01:20

Unnamed Variables Do Exist!
00:34

A Top-Down Example
04:27

When does Top-Down Fail?
02:05
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[NEW] Wait! Bottom-Up isn't that bad either
6 Lectures 09:16
Wait! Bottom-Up isn't that bad either.
00:12

As you may already know, Bottom-Up is simply the performance of basic procedures to solve problems. These procedures, or tools, aren't devised for a specific end, but will take you where you want to go if you use them wisely.


Why Bottom-Up is necessary
01:26

One More Analogy
02:02

Some Examples of Bottom-Up Tools
00:53

Which Calculator is best for you?
03:46

Why we were taught Bottom-Up
00:55
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Problem Boot Camp
2 Lectures 00:44
Problem Boot Camp
00:08

[NEW] A word on making mistakes
00:36
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Electric Circuit Example
4 Lectures 15:31
The Problem
01:51

Bottom-Up Solution
04:37

Top-Down Solution
04:57

Backtracking
04:06
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[NEW] Construction Elevator Problem
5 Lectures 13:47
Problem Description
02:36

Top-Down Solution
05:03

Bottom-Up Solution
03:10

Backtracking
01:55

Key Ideas
01:03
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[NEW] The Monty Hall Problem
9 Lectures 20:28
Introduction
01:03

Problem Description
01:08

Let's see it working
00:57

The Question
01:45

A Top-Down Solution
03:10

Enumerating the Outcomes, part 1
02:29

Enumerating the Outcomes, part 2
05:03

More on Monty Hall
03:20

Key Ideas
01:33
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[NEW] Instrumented Top-Down on a Simple Math Problem
9 Lectures 29:57
Problem Description
01:55

Top-Down Solution
05:27

Let's take a look at the Big Picture
01:45

Finding the Integration Interval with Desmos
05:00

Checking the Angle System
00:43

Calculating the Areas with Wolfram
04:52

Performing a Sanity Check
05:35

Rewriting our Calculations
03:14

Key Ideas
01:26
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About the Instructor
Eduardo Corpeño
4.5 Average rating
126 Reviews
1,621 Students
5 Courses
Electrical & Computer Engineer

I'm an Electrical and Computer Engineer. I've been teaching Electrical and Computer Engineering at undergraduate and graduate for over 10 years now. 

I love hardware, software and teaching.

I have 5 courses on Udemy so far, one on a technique to solve engineering problems easily, and a series of 4 courses (so far) on the electronics and algorithms behind microcontroller platforms.

Among the subjects in the classes I teach on campus, my strongest are Electrical Circuit Theory, Electronic Devices, Digital Design, Computer Architecture, Microcontrollers, Assembly and C Programming for Embedded Applications, Hardware Description Language, Field Programmable Gate Arrays, Artificial Intelligence, Printed Circuit Board Design and Real Time Operating Systems.

Along with two of my finest colleagues, I created one of the first MOOCs in spanish, an introduction to the Raspberry Pi. We wrote a conference paper on the outcome of this very successful course. 

I recently got a Master of Science in Computer Science at Georgia Tech and I loved every minute of it.

Marissa Siliezar
4.5 Average rating
126 Reviews
1,621 Students
5 Courses
Telecom Engineer

Telecom Engineer passionate about new technologies and my family. The general background I have revolves around value added services in mobile services and also product marketing for a major brand of mobile devices. When it comes to hardware design I came across various developer platforms when designing my bachelor's thesis. After 6+ years of experience I became a mommy to my dear Ignacio and a stay at home mommy.