Difference between electric and electronic

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acelectr

Joined Aug 28, 2010
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Hi, simple question: what is the difference between electric and electronic. There are bucnh of explanations over the internet which mostly are quite different from each other. So still I don't really know the exact answer to this mystery. It would be great to have a clear and consistent answer to it & thnx for any given contribution to this thread...:rolleyes:
 

#12

Joined Nov 30, 2010
18,223
As far as I know, electronics uses semiconductors and electricians don't.

You can wire up lots of electrical circuits with motors, lamps, switches, etc. but as soon as a semiconductor gets involved, you're doing electronics. Lots of people can install a light dimmer, but that doesn't make them an electronics designer.

That's one opinion.
 

DerStrom8

Joined Feb 20, 2011
2,390
If you are talking about electronic engineering vs. electrical engineering, the difference I have heard is that electronics refers to things with semiconductors (as #12 said), and electrical means something like residential, power grid, etc. Electronic is generally low voltage, and electrical is generally high-voltage.
Just what I've gathered over the years :D
Der Strom
 

cjdelphi

Joined Mar 26, 2009
272
electric and electronic...

Electric powers your device be electronic or otherwise....

Electronic is merely the ability to control electric/electrons that flow around a circuit... Be that using a semiconductor or via resistive loads, the manipulation of electrons
 
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