In another thread the topic drifted to a new topic....
so this topic has been created to move the torch on to it´s own topic about entering the mysteries of electroniocs and possible attempts to gain for basic knowledge on the topic of electronics including links to good tutorials
just short collection of previous postings from the other thread:
I doubt it. Since I have almost no idea how these things work. I still have a hard time understanding
how logic gates work. I wish I could learn how they work. But I have read the Wikipedia articles on them
and it's like trying to read Chinese without a translator.
It's all about understanding how transistors work, and knowing the difference between NPN and PNP.
But from a more basic (and practical) perspective, logic gates are really quite simple in and of themselves.
It's when you start stringing them together where things get interesting. There is a nifty freeware app for
68k Macs floating around on the interwebs called logicsim that lets you build all sorts of logic circuits
using basic AND/OR/XOR/NOT gates. You simply attach the virtual input "leads" into virtual switches, and
the output to virtual "light bulbs". So using this app, you could take the schematics from various
wikipedia articles and construct virtual shift registers, memory circuits, adders, etc, and then play
with the switches to see how they work. It's a fun and educational way to use that old Mac of yours.
I'm pretty sure it's non-restricted as far as sharing is concerned, so just PM me if you want me to send
it to you. I think I just ran across it the other day when I was organizing things.
Now, I wish that I could understand how transistors work...
This is like looking up a word in the dictionary.
The definition has other words in it that you don't understand either.
It's like a chain with an infinite amount of links... And you can never get to the last link.
Transistors are like a Control Valve, "with no moving parts" ( e.g. Solid State ).
A tiny bit of Voltage and Amperage can Control a Larger Amount of Voltage and Large Amount of Amperage..
Sometime they are use in a Simple ON or OFF State.. That's Binary..
Sometime they are use with Varying Amounts of a tiny Current, to Control Large Amounts of Current.
This would be for Amplification of a Signal.
Transistors are not a beginning topic... Volts, Amperes and Ohms are the Start
Find a copy of Forest M. Mims III's "Getting Started in Electronics". I bought mine at Radio-Shack
a few years ago...
Ask Questions here too...
Not a Problem...
I have built Radio-Shack Project Kits, had Electronics Classes in College and Assembled my CoCoSDC Boards.
Forest M. Mims III also wrote a bunch of Mini Notebooks for Radio-Shack.. Those are handy too...
I only have the Communications Projects handy..
Unfortunatly i can´t transfer the given links added within the text and the links to the pictures...
i hope everyone mentioned above completes the transfer by adding the links....
i´ve searched and collected several links to basic tutorials related to understanding of electronic components
the target is aiming to collect basic knowledge about the components and how that components perform their tasks:
contains numerous tutorials to start with learning about electronic components....
you may spend here several days learning about the new stuff....
similar is valid to this site:
and this site is likely similar :
this site the navigation is left sided and not everybodies taste .... but that´s a valid statement to all sites:
the following site is rather more interactive with the chance to ask questions about topics and getting the answers:
and this site also handles advanced topics :
i just can advise to visit each of the sites and give each a try by reading some of the pages
to discover which of the sites fits best to your needs....