Help me PLEASE!!

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by ncmike, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. ncmike

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    I hate to admit this, but I know nothing about reading schematics, building circuits, etc. However, I really want to learn. If anyone is kind enough to help a total newb I am looking for a somewhat easy breadboard project. I really want to learn how resistors, capacitors, switches, etc. work within a circuit. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. thingmaker3

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  3. ncmike

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    Thank you very much! I think I can learn a great deal visiting this site. Hope to get to know some of you, and if questions from a novice annoy you too badly I am honestly sorry. Thanks again for the welcome and the info, I'm going to try my first breadboard project this week, so wish me luck!
     
  4. SgtWookie

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    Go down to your neigborhood Radio Shack, and purchase an "Electronics Learning Lab", that was designed by Forrest Mims III. It'll set you back in the neighborhood of $75, but it'll be the best electronics investment that you will make in a long time.

    Save your nickels. Buy this lab. You will not regret it, ever - unless you don't make a sincere effort to build the labs.

    This learning lab is worth more than the price asked for just the basic lab board alone. It will be a long time before you outgrow it.
     
  5. ncmike

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    Hi SgtWookie..I got the Electronics Learning Lab today! I just finished the first project in Workbook I, and I must say I have never been so stoked to see a red LED flash!! Thanks so much for the heads up. I looked ahead in book I and book II and see how gradual the process is, so it's right up my alley. Thanks again.
     
  6. SgtWookie

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    Good deal!

    You'll learn a lot with that lab.

    Forrest Mims III has a number of other books out, too. Radio Shack used to carry them years ago; sadly they discontinued carrying them. But you can order them online, right from Forrest Mims' website:
    http://www.forrestmims.com/

    His "Mini-Notebooks" are very handy references.
    http://www.forrestmims.com/engineers_mini_notebook.html
    Check out:
    Volume I: Timer, Op Amp, and Optoelectronic Circuits & Projects
    Volume IV: Electronic Formulas, Symbols & Circuits (this one stays on my desk)
    There are a couple of items that are dated (like the LM3909, a discontinued IC) but better than 98% of the contents of the books are still applicable.
     
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  8. Wendy

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    That's one of the places I got my start. Unfortunately I gave my books to a kid at a science fair while I was in college. Might be worth replacing them.
     
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