Why learn about Electronics? That’s a great question! There are three basic groups of people in the modern world:
- Those who use electronic devices and don’t really care about how/why they work;
- Those who use electronics devices and are interested in how they work, possibly interested in how these devices could be made better; and
- Those who tear apart just about every electronic device they’ve ever owned to see how these little buggers work.
Since you’re reading this blog, I’m going to guess that you’re in the third group with the rest of us electronics techies (possibly in the second group, but with a little coaxing we can pull you into our rather loosely-knit community!). You’ve had some experience (both good and bad) with electronic devices, and you’re curious about how electronic circuits – and the parts inside them – work.
Well, I’ve got good news and bad news for you. First, the bad news: electronic circuits can be very complex, and sometimes there’s a fair amount of math to understand in order to really see how the circuit works. Bummer, right? Nah, ’cause the good news is that these complex circuits are really made up of simpler circuits, and most of the math we use is really fairly simple algebra, with some rudimentary trigonometry and occasional bits of fundamental calculus. Sometimes the math looks really messy, but it’s almost always not that bad. Mathematical equations we use in electronics are like sentences in a foreign language; once you learn the language the rest is relatively easy to understand! And just like learning a foreign language, we’ll look at electronic circuits starting with simple circuits so we can learn the language of electronics. Just click on the link below to learn this language: