What Is a More Efficient Approach to Self-Learning Engineering and Science Knowledge?

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I am currently self-learning Ohm’s Law. My current approach is researching Ohm’s law and using multiple sources of information to gather relevant details about Ohm’s Law, like who discovered the laws and what the laws explain, and its concepts, like Voltage and Current.

This approach is making me question the efficiency of this method because I am finding many concepts revolving around Ohm's Law, and I want to learn each concept in depth, but I'm not sure if this is just a waste of time and if I should just stick to learning the general definition or idea of each concept which I can then connect to Ohm's Law.

Would it be better to learn the broad idea of Ohm’s Law and then learn each concept like Voltage separately, or current separately, in-depth? By in-depth I mean I try to learn most of the things about the concept and the topics that it connects to. Or, would it be better to make one big attempt at trying to tackle Ohm’s Law idea, plus its concepts like voltage, current, resistance, power, series circuits, etc? Thanks to anyone that responds!
 
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Welcome to PF.

Do you need to be involved with electricity, or are you exploring the field for the excitement of new ideas?

If you are exploring, just follow your interests through the links in Wikipedia.
 
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By far the most efficient approach is to take a class. For various reasons, that may not be in the cards, I know, but there's a reason why we still have classrooms.
 
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By far the most efficient approach is to take a class. For various reasons, that may not be in the cards, I know, but there's a reason why we still have classrooms.
Failing that, get your hands on a textbook on the topic. They can be expensive but I am sure the industrious folks around here can find a way to get them.

For the most part, a lot of thought goes into making textbooks suitable for teaching/guiding someone through a topic in a logical way.
 
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When you're learning for yourself it can be very unfocused. You won't necessarily have a plan of what to learn and why. But as a longtime member likes to say, if you don't know where you are going, then any road will take you there (and that might be ok).
 
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