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Old 31st July 2003, 04:08 AM   #1
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Default Ah holy hell....another damned newbie.....

OK well I dont have a clue what's going on when it comes to

circuit design, even after somehow having 6,000 post on caf.


Anyhow, I intend on learning from here, but Im slow.....

The deal is....I dont know what IC's, OP amps, rails, transitors

ect all do, much less even look like......

If someone wants to take the time to explain the basics, that'd

be great.......

Im sure you guys have some magic link that explains everything....


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Old 31st July 2003, 03:01 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard and have fun learning!

I think each of us has our favorite books that we would recommend. One I highly recommend would be The ARRL Handbook put out by the American Radio Relay League. This is primarly written for ham radio guys, but it is a great overall book that talks about all things electric, and it has discussions on inductors and passive filters that many electronics texts omit, plus the book is oriented to the non-engineer.

Other than that, visit your local library and look through some of the electronics texts, check one out and go home and study. There is no magical way to learn electronics theory without studying and experimenting. Taking an introductory course in electronics at a local junior college or online is also a great way to learn if you need a little more structure.

If you have specific questions, come on back and ask. There are a great bunch of guys here, but you need to do your homework.
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Old 31st July 2003, 03:49 PM   #3
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Old 31st July 2003, 03:53 PM   #4
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dc electronics
ac electronics
solid state electronics
digital electronics

some prefer this order for ease of learning.

before dc, some take courses that help you identify
components and learn resistor color codes -- to get
some hands on the stuff so when you study operation,
you have a mental picture of the said device....
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Old 31st July 2003, 05:10 PM   #5
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The articles on the ESP site can be very helpful too:


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Old 31st July 2003, 06:02 PM   #6
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Default art of electronics

I can't believe I'm the first to say it but the Art of Electronics is excellent. Doesn't have pictures of the components and its not free/cheap but it has basically everything you'd ever need. I've saved hours just being able to use it as a reference so I think of it as paying itself off rather quickly.
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Old 31st July 2003, 06:18 PM   #7
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Ditto on Art of Electronics. But to really learn this stuff, you have to do it. Get a multimeter, get a scope, get a function generator, get a power supply, and get a breadboard. The basic tools. Don't be afraid to smoke a few components along the way.
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Hi Systempimp and welcome to diyAudio

Originally posted by SY
Ditto on Art of Electronics.
Don't be afraid to smoke a few components along the way.
Let me rephrase that, you will blow up more than one or two components along the way, but the satisfaction when you manage to keep the magic smoke in is more than worth it!
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Old 31st July 2003, 06:26 PM   #9
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I can't believe I'm only the 3rd to say Art of Electronics, by Horowitz and Hill

Seriously, it is a true reference for many engineers. I still look though it, and find new stuff.

Edit: 4th....
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Old 31st July 2003, 10:10 PM   #10
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Everyone and their granny recommends this book,
I've been hearing it for a year now from people online.
I was going to buy it...

Then one day looking in my 'closet o'books', I found it.


I think it was a gift.. forgot I had it.

It's a good jack of all trades book, but it's too generic for the
advance electronics junky who seeks the zen mastery
of electronic by injecting himself with needles.

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