Don't tell me magic
A transistor doesn't have a "minus" side. It has a base, collector, and emitter. Read up on how a transistor works and you'll understand why the resistors are connected the way they are. And that link that Riva gave will explain in plenty detail how the circuit actually works, how the capacitors work and how they affect the circuit. Google itself might not answer your question directly, however it will give you plenty of references of where you can find the answer.
1. On applying voltage, at the start, do both caps start charging..
2. Resistor 2 and 4 are both connected to the Minus side of the capacitors yet connected to a positive + rail... huh? why?
QuoteDon't tell me magic I was told in the Air Force when we studied this circuit that it indeed was magic. That is if your question really is: upon initial power up for this circuit which transistor will switch on first, Q1 or Q2? And will that always be the case upon each powering up event? Lets let the peanut gallery chew on that one for awhile.Possible answers:A: Q1 always.B: Q2 always.C: It's always random if either Q1 or Q2 starts first.D: It can be either Q1 or Q2 but it will be the same transistor starting first for each specific circuit built.E: Some other magic will decide which transistor starts first.
if i see a yellow canary, it's a canary, if i see an orange canary, i don't start suddenly start calling the canary (even though it's a different colour) something else! (electronic engineers seem to do, 1 name is never enough)
To me green is green, red is red & blue is blue
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