I’m pretty excited to get started with some arduino hacking, but before I do I really wanted to get a better understanding of some more basic electronics circuits.
Most of the books that I’ve tried so far are follow this general format:
- Lots of chapters of electrical theory and math
- Explanation of how individual components work
- No example circuits showing WHY I would choose certain components for a certain real world task.
For example, some books show a circuit and say something like, “This circuit turns this type of x-shaped signal to a y-shaped signal”, but I’m left wondering why I would ever want to do that.
Are there any resources out there (books or online), that have a format along the lines of:
- Here is a basic circuit, this is what it does, build it and see with these parts.
- Now let’s go through step by step and figure out WHY and HOW it does what it does.
- Repeat with a more complex circuit
Something like this would be really helpful. I know what resistors, capacitors, diodes, LEDs, etc… do, I’m just missing that final step of learning how to put it all together to make something useful.
The closest that I’ve found is: Hands-On Electronics: A Practical Introduction to Analog and Digital Circuits (http://www.amazon.com/Hands-Electronics-Practical-Introduction-Circuits/dp/0521893518), but it bases all of its projects on this specific prototyping board that has a variable power supply and frequency generator built in and costs $300+.
I’ve also looked at this resource: Arduino Tutorial - Learn electronics and microcontrollers using Arduino! and it would be great, but it is only half finished.
Anyone have any helpful ideas?