# SimElectronics for MATLAB Assignments

Any MATLAB instructor knows that the best way to keep students engaged is by assigning challenging SimElectronics applications. These are fun and challenging, but not too easy that students become frustrated. Students need to be able to grasp the concepts behind SimElectronics applications in MATLAB and then apply them.

What do we mean by a SimElectronics application? This is an application that uses a mechanical platform (car, truck, airplane, or train) to use electromagnetism to create and manipulate machined parts. The application works in three phases. In the application’s first phase, the mechanical platform drives the system’s actual working components.

In the second phase, the mechanical platform puts light energy on those working components. The light energy is what creates the mechanical motion. And in the third phase, light energy and magnetic forces build up until the system becomes self-excited. Once this happens, the component’s electrical current and mechanical motion are completely controlled by a second electric power source.

There are many applications that use this idea of adding an electric current to a working component. SimElectronics is one such example.

The course I teach in my MAA subject matter master’s degree is called MATLAB for Teachers. This course covers topics such as MATLAB programming language, optimization and designing, simulating systems, R, and vector graphics. One of the areas I teach in is the subject of SimElectronics, which deals with engineering simulation.

What exactly is SimElectronics? Basically, it’s a form of engineering simulation. To be specific, SimElectronics is engineering simulation of engineering processes. Anengineering process is anything that is performed by a machine that is related to the engineering process.

Engineering is a science that involves a lot of numbers. Computer scientists, however, like math. Engineering is also a very complex field. There are many different ways of doing things. And because there are so many different ways of doing things, engineers must use all the tools at their disposal in order to do their jobs.

You can look at the engineering process as if you were a car engineer. Let’s say that you wanted to make a car from a pile of tires.

First you take the tires out of the pile. Then you grind down the outer edge of each tire until the material is smooth. Then you pour some sort of lubricant on the inner side of each tire so that it won’t stick to the outer edge of the tire. Finally, you put those inner tires on the floor and rub the inner side on the floor. Then, the only thing left to do is put the wheels on.

Once you have the wheels on, you get another set of tires and put them on the car. Finally, the entire car is ready to drive. That’s how it would work if you were a car engineer. But let’s assume that you’re a car engineer who has designed and built a car.

In this case, your engineering process will be a little different. You would grind down the outer edges of the tires, rub the lubricant on them, then place the wheels on them and apply the lubricant.

Finally, your engineer’s job is to put the wheels on the car. In other words, he/she would be the SimElectronics engineer. And he/she would have to implement a design for each wheel in order to make sure that it fits properly.