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Visualizing Current Flow through a Resistor Circuit

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I tend to help people out when they have electronics projects they want advice on. I have a basic understanding of electronics, and don't really know how electricity works. I had that idea that creating a visualization of the electron flow within a circuit might help me understand better what's going on, and this is my attempt to accomplish that.

A few things to understand before you go in, I used electron flow and my interpretation of what's going on within a circuit to make this visualization. If you don't agree with how I displayed things, that's totally fine, and a whole lot of people would probably agree with you. There's a whole bunch of conflicting arguments about what's going on at the electron level since we can't see what's going on there, that's why I made this, and that's why no one can be right. Personally, I ascribe to Kenn Amdahl's view of tiny green men who just like to party. It actually makes the most sense to anything I've read.

Here's a quick video of the finished application:


link: http://youtu.be/rg8dMVCfwSM
 
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Step 1: What you need

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You only need a couple of things to you this, and chances are, if you're reading this (and not on a moblie device), you're already well on your way to having all the materials.

What you'll need:
  • Computer capable of running:
  • Processing (which also needs the ControlP5 library installed)
  • Zip files (linked to in intro step).
(This program works as of versions 2.04 of Controlp5 and 2.0 Processing.)

Basically, if you have a computer, you're good.
niebyl20021 year ago
Thanks
Sassah1221 year ago
Can you make a max version? Please. Also I tried it on Windows, it does not seem to have any errors. Good job with making the application.
StumpChunkman (author)  Sassah1221 year ago
Awesome! I'm glad to hear it all worked well! What do you mean a max version?
I think he meant a Mac version
StumpChunkman (author)  bricabracwizard1 year ago
Oh! Well that makes a lot more sense. This list contains a ton of links to software. Most of it is circuit prototyping (like Fritzing), but some of it may be visualization software.
Is there a software that is easy to use plug & play out? I have every circuit and just not happy for the neophyte I am. I blew out a stepper with my aurduino and really need to get the voltage and amps correct. Any help is much a big thanks .
raz71abb61 year ago
Awesome!
As someone who constantly struggles with getting my electronics projects not to melt, I appreciate a visual demonstration of what I'm working with.
StumpChunkman (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
Hah! Thanks dude! Melting electronics is the first steps to learning how they work, so good job!