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Hi, I have mastered almost all electronic components that I have come across except the transistor. Will someone please send me a simple circuit that uses a transistor with a brief explanation of why it work and what it does?  
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transistor
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I have mastered almost all electronic components except the transistor
This reminds me of when I was 9 at school. I thought I had mastered all of math, where as I had mastered all the math I have ever come across, a totally different thing.
So you are OK with the unijunction, the triac, the SCR, the veristor, the quantum tunneling diode, the varicap and FPGA?

Well make a start on transistors here:-
http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/trancirc.htm
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I have mastered almost all electronic components except the transistor.
Way to go, after 30 years I still can't say that, but then I'm a slow learner smiley

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42 years for me... and I can't say it either.
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Now, now, folks... play nice!  <smiley-kitty>. At least add some information to the leg pulling!

With the Arduino, transistors seem to be used most often to do the job that might be done with a relay, although a relay can't switch on and off as fast as a transistor can, and that is an issue in some applications, e.g. producong an audio tone. Both can be used to "switch things on and off".

The Arduino can't "switch" a big current, or a voltage of more than 5v (or 3v3 if you're using a 3v3 Arduino)

Sometimes, if the current or voltage is large, and the switching not rapid, a relay is a better "switch"... and relays are more beginner friendly, as long as you include The Diode....

http://www.arunet.co.uk/tkboyd/ec/ec1relay.htm
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When I was an apprentice (some 50 years ago) one of the favourite tradesmen sayings was "Son, I've forgotten more than you'll ever learn"

It took me a long time to appreciate what they meant and I too am of the opinion that today's "oldies" have probably forgotten more than today's youngsters will ever learn - and if the truth be known, we're still learning - but that might be because we've already forgotten it.

Yes, technology has advanced immensely but regrettably many true craft-skills have been lost, probably forever.

It makes one wonder how massive buildings were erected and empires created with "primitive" technology, slow communication, lack of transport etc
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Have a look at:

http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,81011.msg611756.html

it finally makes some sense.
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[sic] although a relay can't switch on and off as fast as a transistor can [...]

Well, can't agree on this one... what about SSR's ? smiley-grin

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A Solid State Relay is a (packaged) transistor!
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