Simple electronics aims to be a succinct and easily understood introduction to practical entry-level electronics, as well as being a useful reference. The best way to learn about electronics is by doing practical experiments.
List of topics[edit | edit source]
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.
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Units and symbols[edit | edit source]
- Voltage aka potential difference
- Units of measurement - abbreviations and conventions, SI units, (mm not mil)
- Circuit symbols
- Schematics and Data sheets
- Conductors and insulators
- Resonance aka Q
Components[edit | edit source]
- Through hole and surface mount technology
- Passive components - resistors, capacitors, inductors and transformers, color codes
- Semiconductors - diodes and rectification, transistor, FETs,
- Integrated circuit - comparator, 555 timer
Circuit theory[edit | edit source]
Analog circuits[edit | edit source]
Digital electronics[edit | edit source]
Workshop practice[edit | edit source]
- Health and safety
- Test equipment
- Component library
- Electronic design automation
- PCB prototyping
- Soldering - THT, SMT and SMT reflow
- Metal-work - drilling, bending, anodisng and screen printing
- Fault finding
Simple projects[edit | edit source]
Resources[edit | edit source]
- Electronics software
- Electronics books
- Schematics and manuals
- Online resources for electronics
Further reading[edit | edit source]
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.
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- Electronics Club, a website for beginners to learn about electronics.
- All About Circuits Electronics & Electrical Engineering Forum
- Lessons in Electric Circuits by Tony R. Kuphaldt
- CircuitLab, online circuit simulator.
- Paul Falstad's electronics demonstrations using a java applet to simulates electronic circuits.
- Engineer's Mini Notebook:Formulas Tables And Basic Circuits by Forrest Mims, Radio Shack Electronics