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I just want to know if it is possible to connect a motor to arduino uno r3 without a motorshield.
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Without a "motor shield", yes. However you do need to shield an Arduino from the current load that the motor requires. In other words, do not attempt to drive a motor directly from an Arduino pin. You must use another device such as a transistor or perhaps (in some cases) a small relay as a 'switch' that the Arduino pin can activate and leave it up to the device to handle the current to the motor. - Scotty
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Thanks
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And a flyback diode to stop the motor zapping the Arduino when it stops...

Have a look at this tutorial on how to run a motor with a transistor.
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Have you looked for answers in the Learning, Reference, Products and Playground tabs on http://arduino.cc/en/ ?
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