Cover  by Simon Monk

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Theory and Practice
There are a few fundamentals that will help us get the most out of our electronics. I have no intention of overloading you with theory, so you may find you come back to this chapter as and when you need to. But before we start on any theory, let’s look at getting together some of the components we will use.
How to Assemble a Starter Kit of Components
In Chapter 1, we assembled a few tools and did some soldering. The only thing we made used a scavenged computer fan, an off-the-shelf power supply, and a switch.
Certain components you will find that you use over and over again. To get yourself a basic stock of components, I recommend you buy a starter kit. SparkFun sells such a kit (see the Appendix, K1), but it does not contain ...

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