Electronics for Absolute Beginners

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Electronics for Absolute Beginners (PDF)…

Want to learn something about electronics, but don’t know where to start? Electronics for Absolute Beginners is a one day course that I originally designed for the women’s arts and technology group MzTEK. We had an excellent first run in January 2010 with lots of enthusiasm, and considerable skill from all the participants.

The course introduces the key electronic components and tries to give an intuitive feel for how circuits work. It provides plenty of opportunity to try experiments on the circuits suggested and should give people enough understanding to feel they can build and modify circuits in future.

Each stage of the course introduces new ideas that build and develop throughout the day. There are lots of fun circuits ending up with an electronic organ and a chain-light sequencer.


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