# Understanding how to solve a logic gate when alternate gates are linked

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Gaetano, Nov 20, 2015.

1. ### Gaetano Thread Starter New Member

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Hello All

I have no issues with understanding how to identify a logic gate on its own but when I am asked to solve a question that shows a number connected I have no idea. I have no formal training in electronics and am trying to learn by teaching myself. I have included images of two such problems below. If anyone could steer me to a book, tutorial or could explain it in layman's terms I would be really grateful, thank you
Regards
Gaetano

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2. ### alfacliff Well-Known Member

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a low on a and a low on b give a high out on Q. chart b.

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4. ### MuPlusSigma New Member

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If you can understand one logic gate, then you can understand multiple connected logic gates. Just start with the inputs to the circuit (A and B), and solve each individual gate one by one, determining the output of each gate based on its inputs. The output of one gate determines an input to another, until you have the state of all inputs and outputs in the circuit. Do this for every possible combination of circuit input.

These circuits might look complicated at first, but if you break it down into the individual parts you understand, you can understand the behavior of the whole circuit. With just a little practice, it should become much easier.

5. ### Dodgydave AAC Fanatic!

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Truth table B is correct.

Replaced by single AND gate.

6. ### Gaetano Thread Starter New Member

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Thank you all for your help, much appreciated.
Regards
Gaetano