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2007\02\15@193052 by Chris Norwood

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I have a few PICs and I want to learn how to create things with them.  I
obviously can't do that unless I know basics of electronics.  I don't even
know how to make a ground :D  Where can I find some tutorials explaining
how/when/why to use certain components and other similar tutorials on
electronics?  Thanks!

2007\02\15@195200 by Marcel Birthelmer

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I think you'll find the resounding response on this list to be "The
Art of Electronics" by Horowitz & Hill, available at your friendly
neighborhood bookstore (maybe). This covers the theoretical aspects in
enough detail to get you going, and is also heavy on the intuitive
sort of approach to circuit design.
- Marcel

On 2/15/07, Chris Norwood <spam_OUTcwncoolTakeThisOuTspamgmail.com> wrote:
> I have a few PICs and I want to learn how to create things with them.  I
> obviously can't do that unless I know basics of electronics.  I don't even
> know how to make a ground :D  Where can I find some tutorials explaining
> how/when/why to use certain components and other similar tutorials on
> electronics?  Thanks!
> -

2007\02\15@195547 by David VanHorn

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On 2/15/07, Chris Norwood <.....cwncoolKILLspamspam@spam@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> I have a few PICs and I want to learn how to create things with them.  I
> obviously can't do that unless I know basics of electronics.  I don't even
> know how to make a ground :D  Where can I find some tutorials explaining
> how/when/why to use certain components and other similar tutorials on
> electronics?  Thanks!


Well worth buying, Horowitz and Hill's "Art of Electronics".

2007\02\15@200007 by Timothy J. Weber

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Chris Norwood wrote:
> I have a few PICs and I want to learn how to create things with them.  I
> obviously can't do that unless I know basics of electronics.  I don't even
> know how to make a ground :D  Where can I find some tutorials explaining
> how/when/why to use certain components and other similar tutorials on
> electronics?  Thanks!

I like <http://www.play-hookey.com/> for introductory tutorials.
Particularly the Practical Experiments section.
--
Timothy J. Weber
http://timothyweber.org

2007\02\15@205325 by Marcel duchamp

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Chris Norwood wrote:
> I have a few PICs and I want to learn how to create things with them.  I
> obviously can't do that unless I know basics of electronics.  I don't even
> know how to make a ground :D  Where can I find some tutorials explaining
> how/when/why to use certain components and other similar tutorials on
> electronics?  Thanks!

In addition to the other responses (all good ones!), here's my two
cents.  I recommend a three-prong attack:

1) Tutorials from the net. Excellent stuff is out there and coupled with
a good book like H&H, it's an excellent start.  Look for ap-notes too.

2) Download Switcher Cad 3 from Linear Technology.  It's a good SPICE
simulator that you can try out stuff with.  In place of a power supply,
DVM, oscilloscope, signal generator, etc, you can run circuits and see
the results.  Is it the same as components on the bench? No. But it's
close enough that you can learn a lot.  When you get strange results,
ask questions (on this forum for example) and get straightened out.
Eventually, build some simple stuff powered with 9V batteries and see
how far you can go.  This can be your lab until you can collect your own
gear.

3) Get a development system. Start writing code.  Blink those LED's,
dude.  Others here can suggest good ones; the Pickit2 from Microchip
isn't a bad way to go. See it here:
www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1406&dDocName=en023805
or order it from Digikey.com

With those three parallel efforts, you will soon put together a great
knowledge base and have the benefit of immediate gratification: write
code that blinks leds, and start tinkering with the stuff of geeks!

2007\02\15@210108 by Richard J. Pytelewski

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Here are a few sites that you might look at .... I refer to them from time
to time...

http://www.hobby-electronics.info/course/

http://www.faqs.org/docs/electric/index.htm

http://www.ibiblio.org/obp/electricCircuits/AC/index.html

http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/trancirc.htm

Hope this is of some use.

Rich

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2007\02\15@221255 by John Chung

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I actually like Nigel P Cook.
Introductory DC/AC Electronics (6th Edition)
AOE is not bad but it jumps a lot when you do not have
the basic stuff on AC and DC.

Nigel provides a sound understanding on electricity
and  a bit of electronics. He does not jump and at the
end he covers what he writes very well. If you have
forgotten plenty of your basics in High School use
this book first. AOE comes next if you still can
follow what he says. There isn't a one book rule them
all but a combination of textbooks. Be prepared to
spend some money on books. AOE lab book is a good book
for lab work if you have a scope.

John



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2007\02\15@222750 by Mark Rages

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On 2/15/07, John Chung <EraseMEkravnusspam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTyahoo.com> wrote:
> I actually like Nigel P Cook.
> Introductory DC/AC Electronics (6th Edition)
> AOE is not bad but it jumps a lot when you do not have
> the basic stuff on AC and DC.

For very basic electronics, check out this book:

There Are No Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings
by Kenn Amdahl

But read the Amazon reviews before buying it, reviewers either love
the book or hate it.  I read it in the aisle of the bookstore, and I
found it entertaining.

Regards,
Mark
markrages@gmail
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2007\02\16@004507 by Steve Smith

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Go buy the book

The Art of electronics
Howritz and hill

Its really good reference material

Steve

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