Electronics Foundations: Basic Circuits

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    As is the case with many technical projects, it's possible to assemble an electronic circuit without really understanding the different parts involved—you can just connect components together to match an electronic schematic. That said, in order to debug an existing circuit—or design your own—you have to actually understand how the individual electrical components work and how to use them together. In this course, join electrical engineer Barron Stone as he shares the knowledge and tools you need to learn exactly that. Barron demonstrates how to build basic circuits using resistors, capacitors, and inductors. He dives into how each component works and shows the common circuits that use them. He explains the difference between alternating current and direct current and how to use an oscilloscope to view electrical signals. Then, he demonstrates building passive filter circuits to remove unwanted frequency components from those signals.


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      Barron Stone

      Engineer | Author | Veteran

      Barron Stone is an electrical engineer experienced in both low-level digital hardware and high-level software.

      He earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Rice University and his master of science in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He spent several years as an applications engineer and product-marketing engineer at National Instruments, where he developed marketing and training content for the FPGA-based NI FlexRIO modular instruments. Today, Barron is serving as an officer in the United States Air Force.

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  • Welcome

    - To build any electronic circuit, you'll need some combination of three basic components, resistors, capacitors, and inductors. It's easy to look at an electronic schematic and follow along to assemble a circuit with those parts, but if you want to design your own circuits or debug problems in an existing one, you need to understand what each of those components can actually do. I'm Barron Stone, and I'm an electrical engineer who likes to keep things as simple as possible. In this course, I'll show you how to build basic circuits using resistors, capacitors, and inductors. I'll describe how each component works from a practical standpoint, to understand how they affect electrical properties like voltage and current. And as I show you common circuits that use those components, I'll explain why they're used, so you can recognize when to use the resistor or a capacitor or an inductor in your own design. This course will look at the differences between alternating current and direct…

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