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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)06:40 UTC+1 No.671892 Report

Sup /diy/

I want to learn basic electronics like lighting and stuff for my projects (i make props). To this end, i recently purchased an electronic kit with the pic related components. Now that i have them, i'm confused as fuck.

So do you guys know any online pdf's or links where i can learn and do things with the available equipment? I'm currently browsing youtube but if you guys know anything that can help me that would be awesome.

thank you for your time.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)06:44 UTC+1 No.671895 Report

http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/

get a power supply, get a multimeter, experiment with real components as you go through the online textbook.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)06:51 UTC+1 No.671897 Report

>>671895
ok will do. but since i have these for now, do you know anything i can do with the stuff i have?
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:03 UTC+1 No.671900 Report

>>671897
off the top of my head:
triangle wave generator, LED fader / blinker, overtemperature indicator, night light, and lots more if I took the time to think about it.

just googling:
http://www.555-timer-circuits.com/

the 555, the 741, and the 4017 are useful ics, so google <number> circuits
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:20 UTC+1 No.671905 Report

>>671900
Thanks anon. If anything else occurs to you, please add.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:39 UTC+1 No.671912 Report

https://www.youtube.com/user/DerekMolloyDCU/videos
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:43 UTC+1 No.671913 Report

start with this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=howQ05z4v7Q&list=UUf_sAmhBw7Tj7-2ujmLFoQg
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Ellie 07/23/14(Wed)16:17 UTC+1 No.672032 Report

>>671892
>So do you guys know any online pdf's or links where i can learn and do things with the available equipment?

Hi.

I started with Forrest Mims "Getting started in electronics". There are torrents available, or you might get lucky and find a copy in your local Radio Shack. Don't let the format put you off. It is written to be accessible for kids, but there are a bunch of projects and building block circuits in it near the end of the book.

When you are ready to move to the next level, get "The Art of Electronics" Paul Horowitz & Winfield Hill. Take your time with this one, as the only way to really grok the book is to work through the exercises. Where the first book teaches you how to use a transistor as an amplifier, this book teaches you how to use the gain of the transistor, the expected load, and how to calculate the size of the bias resistor.

From there you'll probably slide off into microcontrollers and you can't swing a dead cat on the internet without reading about those.

Good luck.
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Ellie 07/23/14(Wed)16:38 UTC+1 No.672038 Report

>>672032
>Where the first book teaches you how to use a transistor as an amplifier, this book teaches you how to use the gain of the transistor, the expected load, and how to calculate the size of the bias resistor.

That should read...
here the first book teaches you how to use a transistor as an amplifier, this book teaches you how to use the gain of the transistor and the expected load to calculate the size of the bias resistor.

Pic: Another picture from the first book, this one telling you how to use your voltage regulator ICs to make a simple power supply.

One more piece of advice. If you need just one component order a dozen instead. In small quantities the cost of shipping grossly exceeds the cost of most components, so stock up.

If you are lucky enough to have a real electronics (e.g. where you can buy a LM386 Op-Amp and a 7 segment display) store near you, I envy you.
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Ellie 07/23/14(Wed)16:40 UTC+1 No.672040 Report

>>672038
>Loser forgets to attach pic.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)16:54 UTC+1 No.672046 Report

>>671892
Put the random parts you bought aside for later and buy things like kits you assemble and work with those first. Once you can assemble kits successfully and understand why they do what they do then you'll be in a better position to build things from scratch.
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Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)06:25 UTC+1 No.672426 Report

>>671912
>>671913
Thanks guys.

>>672032
>>672038
Thank you very much for this detailed response. I found Mims's book with a pdf search. Found The Art of Electronics as well. It looks insanely complicated but i will give it a shot. You guys are awesome!

>>672046
Aw...i was actually hoping i could do something with this lot. But thanks for helping.
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