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Old 2nd June 2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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Is it possible for me to learn electronics on here by interacting with the experts and professors such as Nelson Pass and Dr. Carlos, (destroyerx) without going to college?

I want to learn everything there is to know from scratch from ohms law to kirchoffs law to triple integrals.

The bias would be towards audio electronics but also electronics as a whole.

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Old 2nd June 2009, 04:00 PM   #2
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No. Learning the basics here would not be efficient either for you or those doing the teaching. Try reading some books first, then asking specific questions here if you need to.

You will also want a breadboard, a multimeter and a bunch of basic components (transistors, resistors, capacitors, diodes etc.), so you can see the theory working.
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Old 2nd June 2009, 04:16 PM   #3
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of course I would be using books to supplement the learning process.
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Old 2nd June 2009, 04:19 PM   #4
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You could learn quite much if you maybe build something and learn along the way. You can find much via Google and us.
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Old 2nd June 2009, 05:01 PM   #5
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Start here>

Rod Elliott's site has to be one of the best learning tools on the web for audio electronics.
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Old 2nd June 2009, 06:02 PM   #6
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Default Start from the basic - read up textbooks...

I want to learn everything there is to know from scratch from ohms law to kirchoffs law to triple integrals.


The most comprehensive authoritive books, IMO, are the Radiotron Designers Handbook (RDH4). From basic electrical/electronic principles to circuit designs, you got to learn it systemically. There is no jump-start in this technical hobby.

More you read to undertand the principles & theories, faster you will get on track to build good sounding audios.

Otherwise even you built tons of amps, you still don't know how to get them sound good, better or best. Grasping the relevant electrical/electronics theories will help you to build audios right without searching or shooting in the dark.

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Old 2nd June 2009, 06:51 PM   #7
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A good start point is (IMHO)
Electronic circuits, Fundamentals and applications
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Good basic grounding including use of measuring instruments

My edition is well thumbed

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Old 2nd June 2009, 07:01 PM   #8
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Perry Babin's site is a great resource as well.
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Old 3rd June 2009, 05:49 AM   #9
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There are many good sites, explore as many as you have time for. MAterial can be presented in many ways, and one approach may resonate with you better than another. SOme folks prefer a more formal approach than others. Some want to zip along and some want to linger over each step. Find the pace you like. I have been training techs for many years, and I have to have several ways to explain most anything to make sure I can communicate the concepts to the trainee. SO if one presentation seems opaque to you, try a different one for the same material.

I've been soldering now for about 55 years and have been an electronics professional the last 40 years, and if there is one thing you need to know, get a handle on Ohm's Law. I use it every single day. MY little calculator sits next to me, and not a day goes by, often not an hour where I don;t plug some Ohm's Law calculation into it.

it is not a complicated mysterious concept, it is very straightforward. It defines the basic relationship between voltage, current, and resistance. it is one of the most fundamental concepts there is in electronics.

The stuff discussed online here and in similar places is largely applications moreso than fundamentals. You kinda have to bring to the table some understanding of what parts are and what they do for it to make a lot of sense. At least at first.
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Old 3rd June 2009, 07:48 AM   #10
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There's something to be said for taking a real course, where you're tested on material. In high school I took "Electricity 11" by correspondence; it provided a good grounding in basic electrical concepts, and even on how to wind transformers. Maybe some courses like that are available to you through the school system at a nominal cost.

If you ask around (post a Wanted on the local Freecycle, for example), you might be able to score someone's old course notes from a technical school, or old correspondence course material from the sort of "schools" that advertised in magazines.
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