Beginner In electronics

Hey, I've just started getting into electronics, it interests me alot. I have a pretty good understanding of each individual component, but don't have a good one of how they work together, so do any of you know of a good 'circuit cookbook' that has easy circuits with explanations? That would be great. Also, what components should I always have around if I'm just tinkering? I have a bunch of resistors (1 ohm to 1M ohm) and a bunch of capacitors (.22 UF to 2200 UF).

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robd48 years ago
You'll need a volt, ohm, milliamp meter somewhere along the way. You can pick one up for under 20 dollars (and on up, of course). Learning about simple circuits with individual resistors, capacitors, is paramount in your step up to learning how to use ICs, especially if you're using linear circuits. Pulling parts from old circuit boards is a great way to go, as caitlinsdad says. Look into online catalogs – you'll be surprised how inexpensive components are – 4 to 5 cents apiece if you buy by the tens. Here's one near me: http://www.mouser.com/
Check this out too: http://www.electronics-tutorials.com/basics/basic-electronics.htm
Definitely, have fun. Rob
schorhr9 years ago
"Getting started in electronics"
A cartoony, sketchbooky way to start into electronics while learning and understanding what makes them tick.
Getting stated in electronics
by Forrest M. Mims III
(Sometimes you can grab a old radioshack booklet version off ebay or amazon for 1-5 bucks, else buy it new)

http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Started-Electronics-Forrest-Mims/dp/0945053282

Jackhole (author)  schorhr9 years ago
Ah I meant to say that I did buy that book, it's great. And I do own a breadboard, I just don't have any transistors, diodes, or photoresists which are used in the majority of the circuits described. Now are there many different types of these like there are resistors?
Depending on how old the book is, even a few years, many transistor circuits have been replaced by IC chips(multiple transistor circuits miniaturized). It might be hard to find specific parts to complete those projects as they are obsolete(one of the reasons Radio Shack really doesn't have a real parts department). I think people look for different IC chips that have a function and build around that as the core component.
caitlinsdad9 years ago
There is plenty of stuff to print out from the internet by searching on simple circuits and so forth. Invest in getting a "breadboard" that lets you prototype circuits without needing to solder(you plug in components in a backwired grid and also use bits of wire for jumper cables). Learn how to solder with a nice soldering iron and workstation. That way you can desolder and pull stuff from discarded electronics for various parts(switches/potentiomeners/speakers/LEDs/coils/power supplies-etc.). You really learn by doing or having a need to build something. Have fun!
Jackhole (author)  caitlinsdad9 years ago
Thanks! Yeah I didn't know what to Google, but 'simple circuits' gives lots of good information.