Electronics as science

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION

Lessons In Electric Circuits Volume VI – Experiments Book
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Lessons In Electric Circuits Volume VI – Experiments Book

  • Chapter 1INTRODUCTIONContents 9,1.1 9,Electronics 9,as 9,science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 11,1.2 11,Setting 11,up 11,a 11,home 11,lab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 11,1.2.1 11,Work 11,area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 11,1.2.2 11,Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 20,1.2.3 20,Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 22,1.3 22,Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141.1Electronics as scienceElectronics is a science, and a very accessible science at that. With other areas of scientificstudy, expensive equipment is generally required to perform any non-trivial experiments. Notso with electronics. Many advanced concepts may be explored using parts and equipmenttotaling under a few hundred US dollars. This is good, because hands-on experimentation isvital to gaining scientific knowledge about any subject.When I started writing Lessons In Electric Circuits, my intent was to create a textbooksuitable for introductory college use. However, being mostly self-taught in electronics myself,I knew the value of a good textbook to hobbyists and experimenters not enrolled in any formalelectronics course. Many people selflessly volunteered their time and expertise in helping melearn electronics when I was younger, and my intent is to honor their service and love by givingback to the world what they gave to me.In order for someone to teach themselves a science such as electronics, they must engage inhands-on experimentation. Knowledge gleaned from books alone has limited use, especially inscientific endeavors. If my contribution to society is to be complete, I must include a guide toexperimentation along with the text(s) on theory, so that the individual learning on their ownhas a resource to guide their experimental adventures.A formal laboratory course for college electronics study requires an enormous amount ofwork to prepare, and usually must be based around specific parts and equipment so that the1