How to Learn Basic Electronics


Learning basic electronics will give you an overall education in the technological resources available today. Electronics are everywhere--computers, cameras, cell phones and stereos, just to name a few. Anything that needs electricity to work is electronic. They're in the kitchen, like your basic food blender or juicer. They're in your workplace. Learning the science and functions of these electronics will be a good way to understand how this modern world works. You can do this on your own by conducting your own research.

  • Read about the concepts of electricity in science books or e-books online. Review what matter and electricity are, like how electricity flows through conductors with electrons. Study terms like: conductor, insulator and electron. Study graphs of electron flow and voltage. These are the building blocks of basic electronics.

  • Study how electricity does work in devices through pictures and graphs. Begin looking more deeply at circuits, and how electricity can be controlled, and how it is powered on and off by a switch or motor. Read about Thomas Edison and the discoveries he made while developing the light bulb.

  • Read about the time-line of major electronics discoveries in encyclopedias and electronic guides. Study the beginnings of electronics in the early 1800s, and read on about the 1900s and into the 21st century. Read about the first electronic devices and their basic parts and functions. Explore how they work--their complexities and evolution through time.

  • Do a self-tour of all the modern devices and conveniences that are used today by touring your own home. Research the different fixtures in your bedroom, like the light fixtures and switches. You will have a general understanding of how they work. Test and question yourself on what you know and what makes sense.

  • Investigate further questions through searching key phrases online, if you still want to learn more. Visit educational websites on basic electronics and tutorials over the Internet. Visit your local library for reference books and encyclopedias. Keep researching until you're satisfied.

Tips & Warnings

  • Learning is always a step-by-step and ongoing process.

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