Introduction To Modern Electronics

This course creates a pathway into learning about basic modern electronics using a more hands-on and less math approach.
  • Lectures 10
  • Video 2 Hours
  • Skill level beginner level
  • Languages English
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Course Description

This course is meant to create a pathway into learning about modern electronics, for people who are scared of the math and general trickery that usually comes with it. A hands-on approach is taken in this course through a combination of lecture and experimentation to teach you about the different basic components used in modern electronics. Additionally, visuals are used throughout lectures to explain the theory behind how these basic components work and their role in the everyday electronics that we use, while keeping the math to a minimum.

What are the requirements?

  • High School Education
  • Basic Algebra
  • An Open Mind
  • Desire To Learn
  • Parts For The Experiments

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 10 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • Be Able To Identify Components In Modern Electronics
  • Understand The Basic Roles of Different Electrical Components
  • Understand The Basic Theory Behind These Basic Electrical Components

What is the target audience?

  • New Electronics Students
  • Casual Learners

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction To Modern Electronics: Basics
05:49
If you have never studied electronics before and want to get started broadening your knowledge of all things electrical, then you have come to the right place. This first lesson explains what this course is about, what tools you’ll need to follow along with the course and what expectations you should have 

Please visit the lecture website for additional material (homework, schematics, formulas):
08:24

The fundamental element of all things electrical is electricity, hopefully that fact is not very surprising to you. This lesson explains what electricity is in plain english, how we describe it mathematically and also how you can see the effect electricity has on the devices you use everyday.

Please visit the lecture website for additional material (homework, schematics, formulas):

http://www.pyroelectro.com/edu/basics/electricity/ 

11:28

Lecture 3 Lesson Page - http://www.pyroelectro.com/edu/basics/resistor/

The resistor is the first fundamental component that anyone studies when they start learning about electronics. Ideas like what is an insulator or a conductor are introduced and related to electrical resistance. This lesson covers all of those topics and even adds some mathematical theory called Ohm’s law.

Discussion is open, so please let us hear the answers to your homework either here on uDemy or in our forums. Or, if you have other questions, shout them out loud!

07:58

Lecture 4 Lesson Page - http://www.pyroelectro.com/edu/basics/capacitor/

After getting a nice introduction to the resistor, it’s customary to learn about the second most common component in electronics, called the capacitor. This lesson performs some cool experiments that attempt to convince you that a capacitor could also be called a small battery, while also introducing the basic idea of storing electrical charge.

Discussion is open, so please let us hear the answers to your homework either here on uDemy or in our forums. Or, if you have other questions, shout them out loud!

08:11

Lecture 5 Lesson Page - http://www.pyroelectro.com/edu/basics/inductor/

The third and final component of what is known as the basic types of passive electrical components is called the inductor. In this lesson we take a look at the inductor’s alternative method of storing electrical charge that, while similar to the capacitor, is done in a magnetic way.

Discussion is open, so please let us hear the answers to your homework either here on uDemy or in our forums. Or, if you have other questions, shout them out loud!

08:48

Lecture 6 Lesson Page - http://www.pyroelectro.com/edu/basics/diode/

Everyone seems to already be familiar with LEDs, however you need to understand what basic diodes are and how they operate before you can make the leap to understanding LEDs. This lesson uses both standard diodes and LEDs to perform some experiments, explain what diodes are and to understand why we use them.

Discussion is open, so please let us hear the answers to your homework either here on uDemy or in our forums. Or, if you have other questions, shout them out loud!

P.S. - If you like these free courses, take a look at our plan and help us continue on with our next course: An Introduction To Digital Electronics

10:42

Lecture 7 Lesson Page - http://www.pyroelectro.com/edu/basics/transistor/

Like diodes, most people have heard about transistors, however few people understand what they are and what they can do. This lesson takes a few steps deeper to explain and perform some experiments about how transistors are great electrical on/off switches. A little theory is also explored to introduce you to BJT transistor formulas.

Discussion is open, so please let us hear the answers to your homework either here on uDemy or in our forums. Or, if you have other questions, shout them out loud!

We recently launched a Kickstarter to secure enough funding so we can build a second course: An Introduction To Digital Electronics. Right now we're 24% funded ($1200 out of $5000), but now there's only 2 weeks left. So if you're enjoying this introduction to modern electronics and want to continue the series, please check out our Kickstarter Page and see our plan for the next course!

08:24

Lecture 8 Lesson Page - http://www.pyroelectro.com/edu/basics/opamp/

Moving beyond single device components we have the operational amplifier. This device is actually a combination of special transistors and other components all put inside an IC package. This lesson will perform a few experiments, look at some mathematical theory to introduce you to the many functions of the op-amp.

Discussion is open, so please let us hear the answers to your homework either here on uDemy or in our forums. Or, if you have other questions, shout them out loud!

We recently launched a Kickstarter to secure enough funding so we can build a second course: An Introduction To Digital Electronics. Right now we're 32% funded ($1600 out of $5000), but now there's only 8 days left. So if you're enjoying this introduction to modern electronics and want to continue the series, please check out our Kickstarter Page and see our plan for the next course!

10:28

Lecture 9 Lesson Page - http://www.pyroelectro.com/edu/basics/555_timer/

If the op-amp was a great invention for analog electronics, the 555 timer was the invention of the decade for digital electronics. This lesson will show you why we needed a single device like the 555 timer and how we can use a 555 timer to create a predicatable oscillator using some theory and mathematical equations.

Discussion is open, so please let us hear the answers to your homework either here on uDemy or in our forums. Or, if you have other questions, shout them out loud!

We have 30 hours left for our Kickstarter campaign and right now we're 88% funded ($4420 out of $5000). So if you're enjoying this introduction to modern electronics and want to continue the course series, please check out our Kickstarter Page and see our plan for the next course and pledge a donation to help us reach out funding goal!

08:05


Lecture 10 Lesson Page

http://www.pyroelectro.com/edu/basics/documentation/

Beyond the electronics and fun experiments that we have performed in the previous lessons, we need to study how electrical schematics are drawn so that we can document our designs. This lesson gives an overview of how to draw schematics and takes a few looks at what datasheets are, how to use them and why we need them.

Discussion is open, so please let us hear the answers to your homework either here on Udemy or in our forums. Or, if you have other questions, shout them out loud!

The PyroEDU Kickstarter Project reached 101% of our $5,000 goal and so we will be able to build our next course, An Introduction To Digital Electronics. We'll be releasing it in March 2013, so please keep your eyes and ears peeled for when it comes out.

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Instructor Biography

Chris @ PyroElectro.com , PyroElectro Electronics Guru

Hello! Aside from building many electronics tutorials and projects, and posting in-depth articles on various electronics on PyroElectro.com, I studied computer and electrical engineering at university and have Bachelor's + Master's degrees in the subject. My work and teaching is typically more slanted to digital hardware.

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    • BJ Bond

    errors in video

    lecture 7 seems to have reversed identifying 3906 transistor's emitter and collector. Breadboard is fine, description isn't. For PNP, positive voltage source goes to emitter and LED anode is wired to collector, cathode to ground. OK to show BJT as switch, also should show it used as amplifier.

    • Philip Lowery

    I really like the way that you can go back to review things when things seem to be happening to fast>

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