Basic electronics for Arduino Makers [Video]

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Learn
  • Understand the concepts of voltage, resistance and current
  • Use Ohm's Law to calculate voltage, current and resistance
  • Use Kirchhoff's Laws to calculate voltage and current
  • Understand the meaning of and calculate energy and power
  • Use resistors in various configurations, like in voltage dividers and voltage ladders
  • Read the value of a resistor from its package
  • Use pull-up and pull-down resistors
  • Understand the use of capacitors
  • Use capacitors as energy stores and filters
  • Calculate the RC time constant of a capacitor
  • Understand diodes
  • Measure a diode's voltage drop
  • Understand how to use rectifier and zener diodes
  • Protect a circuit from reverse polarity
  • Understand how to use a transistor to control low and high power loads
  • Calculate the currents and base resistor for a bipolar transistor
  • Use the correct voltage regulator for any circuit
About

Are you an Arduino maker, able to make things by following how-to guides and are confident with writing or modifying sketches, yet you are not so confident about things like calculating transistor currents, voltage drops and using capacitors as filters?You are not alone. I have been teaching Arduino and Raspberry Pi topics for years. During this time I have realized that while these platforms are great for helping you to start tinkering with electronics, you will not be able to truly enjoy their power until you have understood basic electronics.This is what this course is about. It is about helping you achieve a better level of understanding of the basic electronics principles and components that are commonly used in making on platforms like the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi. I have designed this course for anyone with a basic understanding of electronics, who has already spent time tinkering with Arduinos. By the end of this course, you will have learned how to use commonly used components found in Arduino projects. You will also have learned how to do the relevant measurements and calculations to help you select appropriate components for your projects.

To complete this course, you will need a few cheap and common components and tools: resistors, capacitors, transistors, LED, diodes, and batteries. You will also need a multimeter, a small breadboard and jumper wires. All of these are probably things that you already have.

Style and Approach

A 8 hour long course is designed this course for anyone with a basic understanding of electronics, who has already spent time tinkering with Arduinos.

Features
  • Learn more about electrical concepts and diodes
  • Calculate voltage, current and resistance
  • Make use of resistors, capacitors and transistor
Course Length 7 hours 8 minutes
ISBN 9781788628679
Date Of Publication 16 Aug 2017

Authors

Peter Dalmaris

Peter Dalmaris is an electronics hobbyist and Maker, creator of eight online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books. As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world. A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years in tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate. His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a powerful driver that has guided his own personal development and his work through Tech Explorations. Peter’s current online courses have helped over 30,000 people from around the world to be better Makers. His video courses include:

  • Arduino Step by Step: Your Complete Guide
  • Advanced Arduino Boards and Tools
  • Raspberry Pi: Full Stack
  • Raspberry Pi: Make a Workbench Automation Computer
  • Kicad Like a Pro
  • The Electronics Workbench: A Setup Guide
  • Arduino Fun: Make a High Tech Remote Controlled Car
  • Beginning Arduino: Make a environment monitor system

Peter’s books are:

  • Kicad Like a Pro: Learn the World’s Favourite Open Source PCB Electronic Design
    Automation tool
  • Raspberry Pi: Full Stack: A whirlwind tour of full-stack web application development on
    the Raspberry Pi
  • Arduino: a comprehensive starting up guide for complete beginners