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The Arduino Platform and C Programming, University of California, Irvine

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About this Course

The Arduino is an open-source computer hardware/software platform for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world around them. In this class you will learn how the Arduino platform works in terms of the physical board and libraries and the IDE (integrated development environment). You will also learn about shields, which are smaller boards that plug into the main Arduino board to perform other functions such as sensing light, heat, GPS tracking, or providing a user interface display. The course will also cover programming the Arduino using C code and accessing the pins on the board via the software to control external devices. Please note that this course does not include discussion forums. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Outline the composition of the Arduino development board 2. Describe what it means to program the board's firmware 3. Read board schematics 4. Install Arduino IDE 5. Describe what "shields" are and how they are used 6. Specify the role of libraries in the use of shields 7. Compile and run a program 8. Name C Variables and Types 9. Name common C operators 10. Use conditionals and loops 11. Explain functions, their definition and invocation 12. Explain the implications of global variables 13. Undertake the Arduino build process 14. Describe the role of the tools behind the IDE 15. Describe how to invoke functions in classes 16. Explain the structure of an Arduino sketch 17. Access the pins of the Arduino 18. Differentiate between digital and analog pin 19. Debug embedded software 20. Explain the importance of controllability and observability in the debugging process 21. Describe common debugging architectures for embedded systems 22. Explain how the UART Serial communication protocol works 23. Describe how the Arduino Serial library performs serial communication...

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Aug 09, 2016

A very good course to teach you the basics of Arduino platform and IDE. It'll help you get started on how to code your programs and lets you build up on it. I'd definitely recommend for a beginner.


Aug 07, 2017

very good course to have basic understanding of C programming software , Arduino software which is explained in a very simple language where i was finding difficult before attending this course

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By Ashutosh Virendra Singh

Jan 13, 2019

The course was really effective and interesting basics ,I am glad that I choose it. Thank you coursers.

By akib iftakher

Jan 12, 2019

really helpful

By Sarvatra Vikram Singh

Jan 12, 2019

This course gives pretty good introduction about Arduino and C programming

By Muhammad Aleem Siddiqui

Jan 08, 2019

Good initiative by Coursera to educate commnity.


Jan 03, 2019

Best online course on Arduino for beginners!

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Dec 30, 2018


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By Abhishek Shukla

Dec 30, 2018

Great Course for the beginners. Prof Harris did explain everything in a very simplistic manner which makes the topics' understanding easier.

By Agung Enriko

Dec 27, 2018

Nice explanations from the instructor

By Arpan Biswas

Dec 24, 2018