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Science Fair 75 in One Electronic Project Kit (circa 1976). Components are wired together via springs that hold the connections.

Simple electronics aims to be a succinct and easily understood introduction to practical entry-level electronics, as well as being a useful reference. The intended audience for this wiki is the amateur experimenter. In fact the best way to learn about electronics is by doing practical experiments.

A proper coverage of electronic engineering (EE) is outside the scope of this wiki.

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List of topics

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Ladybird childrens book, 1979. Learning electronics by simple breadboard experiments.

Although each is self contained, the top level articles listed here are written to be read sequentially, each topic leading to better understanding of ones that follow.

Note to editors: Changes here should be reflected by changes to Template:Elementary electronics.

Units and symbols


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Make book, 2009. Hands-on electronics by simple experiments.

Circuit theory

Analog circuits

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Make book, 2014. Continuing the hands-on electronics with less simple experiments.

Digital electronics

Workshop practice

Simple projects


Further reading

Template:Main The most recommended are:

  • Make: Electronics by Charles Platt, Maker Media Inc., 2009, ISBN 1-4493-4522-0. Recommended to understand basic electronic principles, for those with no electronics knowledge or training.
  • Make: More Electronics by Charles Platt, Maker Media Inc., 2014, ISBN 1449344046. Includes topics omitted from Make: Electronics because of lack of space.
  • Getting Started in Electronics by Forrest M. Mims III, Radio Shack, 1983, ASIN B0006YIR1Y
  • Practical Electronics for Inventors by Paul Scherz and Simon Monk, McGraw-Hill Education TAB, 2016, ISBN 1259587541. More advanced than Make: Electronics. Ideal for students of electronics looking for something a little more in depth.

External links

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