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Electronics Class


12 Lessons

31,187 Enrolled

Beginner Level

While it may seem intimidating at first, learning electronics is fun and easy.

In the first three lessons I introduce new tools, skills and concepts. In the remainder of the class, a new electronic component is introduced in each lesson.

In addition to providing an overview of an important aspect of electronics, each lesson concludes with a project. This allows you to learn about basic electronics in a hands-on manner.

I hope you will take the time and come build a circuit with me.

Class Author:randofo

Randy Sarafan is an artist, designer, inventor, and founder of the Instructables Design Studio. Over the last 10 years he has created hundreds of step-by-step tutorials on diverse subjects ranging from pancakes to self-driving robotic queen-sized beds. He has authored two books, 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and Simple Bots.

His work has been showcased by the NY Times, Popular Mechanics, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, NPR, the BBC, Core77, Boing Boing, and the National Examiner (to name a few). He currently splits his time between Brooklyn, NY and the internet.


Lesson 1: Getting Started With Electronics

Welcome to the wild world of electronics. Learn about what you need to begin.

Lesson 2: Electronics Tools and Materials

An overview of the required tools and materials to begin working with electronics.

Lesson 3: Soldering

This is a crash course in the fundamentals of soldering.

Lesson 4: Electricity

Discover all about electricity while learning the fundamentals knowledge for building circuits.

Lesson 5: Switches

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about switches and more.

Lesson 6: Resistors

In this lesson we will decipher resistors, learn how they work, and begin to understand what to do with them.

Lesson 7: Capacitors

This is an introduction to our friend the capacitor, one of the most commonly encountered electronic components.

Lesson 8: Inductors

Brace yourself as we begin to unravel the mysterious world of inductors.

Lesson 9: Diodes

In this lesson we will learn about both diodes and LEDs.

Lesson 10: Transistors

Here you will find an overview of transistors, and learn why they are the basic building block of all modern computing.

Lesson 11: Integrated Circuits

Chips are not just a party snack. Discover what integrated circuits have to offer.

Lesson 12: In Summation

A brief summation of the course. Share what you have learned.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!