DC design patterns?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by djs317, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. djs317

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 29, 2012
    Hi all,

    I'm new to electronics and am up to speed on understanding components and existing circuits (to a point). So I understand how capacitors work, can set up a circuit with a voltage divider, I can compute amperage using Ohm's law etc.

    I'd like to be able to design "basic" circuits for hobby purposes, if such a thing is possible. Examples might include controlling a DC motor via a transistor, using a 555 IC to blink lights, etc. But staring at an empty breadboard with an abstract idea in your head is a bit overwhelming.

    These are solved problems. So somewhere between ineptitude and a degree in EE I'm hoping someone somewhere has documented a set of "design patterns" I could learn and modify for my own purposes. Am I right? Does such a reference exist, or is this just wishful thinking?

    Thanks, David
  2. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    There are books and books full of random circuits, including the one that this site is based on. Look at the top of this page and poke about in the experiments section. google: DIY electronics
  3. bertus


    Apr 5, 2008