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Appendix A. Electronic Components

If you are just starting out with electronic components, you may want to purchase a beginner’s starter kit that contains the basic components needed for many of the recipes in this book. These usually include the most common resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes, LEDs, and switches.

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You can also purchase the individual components for your project, as shown in Figure A-1. The following sections provide an overview of common electronic components—part numbers can be found on this book’s website.

Schematic representation of common components
Figure A-1. Schematic representation of common components

A.1. Capacitor

Capacitors store an electrical charge for a short time and are used in digital circuits to filter (smooth out) dips and spikes in electrical signals. The most commonly used capacitor is the nonpolarized ceramic capacitor; for example, a 100 nF disc capacitor used for ...

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