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Make: Electronics

Cover of Make: Electronics by Charles Platt Published by Maker Media, Inc
  1. Preface
  2. 1. Experiencing Electricity
    1. Shopping List: Experiments 1 Through 5
    2. Experiment 1: Taste the Power!
    3. Experiment 2: Let’s Abuse a Battery!
    4. Experiment 3: Your First Circuit
    5. Experiment 4: Varying the Voltage
    6. Experiment 5: Let’s Make a Battery
  3. 2. Switching Basics and More
    1. Shopping List: Experiments 6 Through 11
    2. Experiment 6: Very Simple Switching
    3. Experiment 7: Relay-Driven LEDs
    4. Experiment 8: A Relay Oscillator
    5. Experiment 9: Time and Capacitors
    6. Experiment 10: Transistor Switching
    7. Experiment 11: A Modular Project
  4. 3. Getting Somewhat More Serious
    1. Shopping List: Experiments 12 Through 15
    2. Experiment 12: Joining Two Wires Together
    3. Experiment 13: Broil an LED
    4. Experiment 14: A Pulsing Glow
    5. Experiment 15: Intrusion Alarm Revisited
  5. 4. Chips, Ahoy!
    1. Shopping List: Experiments 16 Through 24
    2. Experiment 16: Emitting a Pulse
    3. Experiment 17: Set Your Tone
    4. Experiment 18: Reaction Timer
    5. Experiment 19: Learning Logic
    6. Experiment 20: A Powerful Combination
    7. Experiment 21: Race to Place
    8. Experiment 22: Flipping and Bouncing
    9. Experiment 23: Nice Dice
    10. Experiment 24: Intrusion Alarm Completed
  6. 5. What Next?
    1. Shopping List: Experiments 25 Through 36
    2. Customizing Your Work Area
    3. Reference Sources
    4. Experiment 25: Magnetism
    5. Experiment 26: Tabletop Power Generation
    6. Experiment 27: Loudspeaker Destruction
    7. Experiment 28: Making a Coil React
    8. Experiment 29: Filtering Frequencies
    9. Experiment 30: Fuzz
    10. Experiment 31: One Radio, No Solder, No Power
    11. Experiment 32: A Little Robot Cart
    12. Experiment 33: Moving in Steps
    13. Experiment 34: Hardware Meets Software
    14. Experiment 35: Checking the Real World
    15. Experiment 36: The Lock, Revisited
    16. In Closing
  7. Appendix. Online Retail Sources and Manufacturers
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3. Getting Somewhat More Serious

I don’t know how far you’ll want to delve into electronics, but I do know that I’ve shown you about as much as I can with just a handful of components, some wires, a breadboard, and a few tools. To continue, you’ll need:

  • Some more tools and supplies
  • Basic soldering skills
  • Additional knowledge about:
  • Integrated circuits
  • Digital electronics
  • Microcontrollers
  • Motors

The tools are not particularly exotic or expensive, and the soldering skills are easily acquired. Learning to join wires with solder is far easier than mastering high-level crafts such as jewelry making or welding.

As for additional areas of knowledge about electronics, they are no more challenging than those that I have covered already.

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