A datasheet, annotated

In a bid to get students to actually read the data sheets they will come to rely on in the not too distant future, we actually rtfm (“read the manual”) in class and went over our thoughts on it. Each page was read by a student who had not yet participated in class (over a dozen new voices), with me pepper them questions about how they were reading it, why they were reading it that way, and what looked important to us on first blush. Below is the scan of the notes we collectively made on the data sheet and is an example of what I might call “an incidental piece of art” in the field of engineering.


 

 

I can now vouch that about 30 upcoming engineers have now read, and mostly understood, at least one manual in their life.