Robotics DeMystified

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

  • A Brief Tour of Robotics
    • Automata and Animatronics, Factory Machines, Fictional Robots, Future Dreams
  • Inside Robots
  • Tools and Supplies
  • Parting Words of Wisdom

2. Mechanical Forces

  • Introduction
  • Energy
  • Units of Measurement
    • Position, Time, Length, Mass, Velocity, Acceleration, Force, Momentu8m, Energy
  • Storing Energy
  • Losing Energy
  • Summary
  • Quiz

3. Simple Machines

  • Introduction
  • Structural Strength
    • Triangles and Squares, Hidden Triangles
  • Inclined Plane
    • Wedge, Screw
  • Levers
    • Lever Machine
  • Pulleys
    • Pulley Machine
  • Wheels and Torque
  • Gears and Sprockets
  • Summary
  • Quiz

4. Electricity

  • Introduction
  • Pieces of Matter
  • Electrons in Metal
  • Electromagnetic Field
  • Units
    • Unit Prefixes, Electrical Charge, Current, Charge Difference, Electrical Energy, Power
  • Batteries and Generators
    • Speed of Electricity
  • Summary
  • Quiz

5. Starting with Electronics

  • Introduction
  • Electronic Circuits
    • Schematic, Printed Circuit Board
  • Circuit Assembly
    • Prototyping Boards, Dead Bug and Wire Wrapping, Soldering, Suppliers
  • Resistors
    • Resistor, Ohm's Law, Resistor Networks, Resistive Sensor, Light Bulb
  • Summary
  • Quiz

6. Control

  • Introduction
  • Pasive Control
    • Balancing Machine
  • Open-Loop Control
  • Feedback Control
    • Centrifugal Feedback
  • Hysteresis
    • Mechanical Switch
  • Summary
  • Quiz

7. Sequencing and Programs

  • Introduction
  • Switches and Cycles
  • Cam Control
    • Cardboard Cam
  • Card Control
    • Mechanical Card Reader
  • Programming Concepts
    • Computer Numbers, Computer Instructions
  • Summary
  • Quiz

8. Joints

  • Introduction
  • Rotation and Bending
    • Rotation, Bearings and Bushings, Bending
  • Sliding
  • Complex Motion
    • Ball and Socket, Universal Joint, Robot Wrist, Others
  • Summary
  • Quiz

9. Power Transmission

  • Introduction
  • Chains, Belts, and Cables
  • Gears
    • Gear Trains, More Gears
  • Couplers
    • Directional Transmission, Differential Transmission
  • Summary
  • Quiz

10. Beyond Resistance: Capacitance

  • Introduction
  • AC/DC
    • Oscilloscope
  • Diodes
    • Signal Diode, Rectifier, Light-Emitting Diode, Zener Diode
  • Capacitors
    • Capacitor, Capacitors and Audio
  • Capacitor Networks
    • RC Circuits, RC Filters, Diode-Capacitor Circuits
  • Summary
  • Quiz

11. Inductance and Magnetism

  • Introduction
  • Electromagnets
    • Nail Electromagnet, Relay, Motors, Generators, Servos and Steppers
  • Inductors
    • Behavior, Component, Filters, Phase, Transformer
  • Summary
  • Quiz

12. Semiconductors

  • Introduction
  • Conductor Physics
  • Semiconductor Physics
    • Doped Silicon
  • Diode Physics
    • Forward Bias, Reverse Bias
  • Electronic Switches
    • Analog Versus Digital, Transistor, FET
  • Integrated Circuits
  • Summary
  • Quiz

13. Programming

  • Introduction
  • Programming Basics
    • Flowcharts, RCX Programming
  • Programs
    • Simple Timed Sequence, Obstacle Avoidance, Line Following, Self-Calibration
  • Summary
  • Quiz

14. Shaping Motion

  • Introduction
  • Looking Back
  • Single-Link Mechanisms
  • Two Links
  • More Links
    • Parallel Motion, Four-Bar Linkage, Complex Motions
  • Other Mechanisms
    • Cardan Gear, Quick-Return, Geneva Stop, Ratchet
  • Summary
  • Quiz

15. Communication

  • Introduction
  • Telerobotics
    • Tethered Robots, Remote Control
  • Semi-Autonomous
  • Communication Technologies
    • Parallel, Serial, Wireless, Other Interfaces
  • Summary
  • Quiz

16. Languages

  • Introduction
  • Programming Concepts
    • Turing Machine
  • Choosing a Language
    • Manufacturing Languaegs, Custom Languages, Human Language, Human Intelligence
  • Summary
  • Quiz

17. Intelligent Behavior

  • Introduction
  • Reflexive Control
    • Thermostat, PID Motor Control
  • Serial Behaviors
  • Layered Behaviors
  • Logical Behavior
    • Scripting, Formal Logic, Natural Computation
  • Pattern Recognition
    • Statistics, Fuzzy Logic, Neural Networks
  • Summary
  • Quiz

18. Advanced Control

  • Introduction
  • Decisions
  • Mapping
    • Odometry, Odometry Errors
  • Supervised Learning
    • Supervised Robotic Learning
  • Unsupervised Learning
  • Swarm Robots
  • Agents
  • Summary
  • Quiz

Answers

Index


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