There are many electronic circuits or devices used today and in order to teach how these are made or how they are used, it is often necessary to use software especially developed for those purposes. When this software is used it is known as circuit simulation and can accurately mimic the devices themselves. In today’s world of technology, these teaching aides are becoming increasingly popular but are not only used by schools and colleges, they are also used as tools to assist in analysing devices that are already in use in industry and other locations. They are particularly astute at showing the usefulness of specific electronic circuitry which can be extremely beneficial for many industrial purposes.
Because of its increasing popularity and uses, these tools are now available as software or as a plug-in device which can be used on one computer and then removed and used on the next. The latest developments include some which are available on cloud services which of course can be particularly useful as it can be accessed from anywhere at any time. The easy access to these tools that is available today means that they can now be used to assist in presentations where diagrams are needed to show schematic diagrams, symbolic analysis and linear or logarithmic scales.
With these and other modern technology available today, to keep up to date with all of it requires almost continuous training of one sort or another and for keeping up with that training, any software which is available to assist, is always welcome.
Circuit simulators may have been of great use to the pioneers of electricity who would be amazed at how far their inventions had improved today. It was in the early 1800s when James Watt, whilst working on his steam engines, first came up with the notion of electricity but it was Alessandro Volta, an Italian that invented the first battery which led the way to all the mobile devices we use today. Although Thomas Edison presented the first light bulb, he had bought the patent for a light bulb from two Canadian students and then improved on their original idea. Soon after the introduction of the light bulb, the whole world was lit up by electricity but it was Nikola Tesla that took electricity’s potential still further by inventing the electric motor which of course powers many devices today.
Although we can thank people like Watt, Edison and Tesla for bringing us electricity and many of its uses, it is perhaps Sir Adam Beck who should also receive some credit. As a politician in the early 1900s, Beck thought that electricity companies were charging people far too much for electricity and so formed the Hydro-Electric Power Commission in 1910. It was this commission which was responsible for building the generating power stations at Niagara Falls which led to cheaper electricity being available to everybody. These pioneers in electricity, did all that they did without the assistance of circuit analysis software and so had to work out all the mathematical equations by hand.