What is a transistor and what does it do? For application Answered
Where can I find an explanation of what a transistor is/does, so that afterwards I can actually USE said explanation to apply it to building something. As in not just "its got layers and silicon", or "it's like a switch". I mean seriously, I can read the theory behind charge flow and silicon no-charge wells, but it doesn't help me understand how to use one.
Ex: I have a problem. I want to come up with a circuit to take care of said problem. I start to sit down and think about what I would need to solve said problem with circuitry, and never a transistor crosses my mind. Why? Because I really don't understand their use in terms of creating solutions. I can solder them all day long in kits and projects, but I didn't come up with the solution for that circuit, I'm just soldering-by-the-dots.
I would like to know more about "applied" transistors, not "theoretical" transistors. After all if it "changed the face of electronics as we know it", it's a pretty big hole for me to have in my knowledge base.