An interactive course on electronics, starting at the absolute beginning.
This course is mostly intended for hobbyists who want to start building their own circuits, but the content will be useful to anyone who wants to learn more about how electronics work.
Students are not expected to have any prior knowledge of electricity or electronics.
- no lectures added
- Familiarity with the SI system and prefixes
- Understanding of scientific notation.
- Basic algebra: multiplication, fractions, logarithms, exponents, etc.
- Knowledge of introductory calculus (integrals and derivatives) may be helpful but is definitely not required.
Classes will be hosted as a series of posts on Reddit at http://www.reddit.com/r/breadboard
The classes have already started but the course is not paced. Students can go through the lessons as slowly or as quickly as they want.
The content of the first volume is divided into ten units:
I - Basics of DC
II - Instrumentation
III - DC Analysis
IV - Batteries and Power Sources
V - Physics of Conductors
VI - Capacitance
VII - Magnetism
VIII - Inductance
IX - Finding and reading datasheets
X - RC/LR Circuits
This is only a rough outline and the direction of the course may be shifted to accommodate the content or the interests of the students.
This is a very hands-on course and as such it's highly recommended to spend about $100 on the parts listed here
It may be possible to follow the lessons using only circuit simulation software, but if you want to build your own electronic widgets, all of these supplies will be very useful anyway.
There are currently three instructors:
I'm completely self taught in electronics, and now do electronics design and low level firmware for a living. I work on everything from tiny micro based devices up to multi-FPGA/DSP systems. Most of my skillset applies to digital electronics / FPGA design / high speed stuff, but I'm somewhat competent at analog design.
I have a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. I focused on microcontrollers, but have a good background on the analog and digital fundamentals. I work at a small company that develops microcontroller based weather stations and data acquisition systems used in drag racing.
I have a diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology and several years of varied work experience including repairing communications equipment, maintaining weather stations, designing prototype PCBs, and soldering very tiny surface-mount components. I've also dabbled in data acquisition and microcontrollers. My point of view is definitely on the practical side of things, but I feel I have a solid base in the theory as well.