i never studied electrical engineering, and generally am a complete novice. below are some notes i’ve been taking as i learn. i’m also taking notes on specific integrated-circuits while learning about making a diy-synthesizer.
I = current (amperes) V = voltage (volts) R = resistance (ohms)
I = V / R V = I * R R = V / I
predicts how a magnetic field will interact with an electric circuit to produce a electromagnetic field, which is, electromagnetic induction
The electromotive force around a closed path is equal to the negative of the time rate of change of the magnetic flux enclosed by the path.
- Voltage (volts): electric potential difference
- Ampere (amps) = electrical current
- Ohm (Ω) = electrical resistance
- Farad = capacitance of electrical potential
- K = shorthand for 1000 Ohms often
- also 2K8 means 2800 for example
one side has no resistance, other is infinite (ideally). they ensure current flows in one direction
cathode - short leg: negative end anode - long leg: positive end
light emitting diode (LED) - converts electricity into light
resistors simply resist current! then converts current into heat.
resistors are made out of insulators and conductors. more insulators is equal to more resistance.
resistors have stripes on them. read about the electronic color code.
resistors also can serve as heating elements. if you think about a toaster, or a hair dryer, they function by means of the same mechanism as resistors.
water analogy: smaller pipe = bigger resistor
stores electric charge in an electric field. it is :
electrolitic capacitors are bigger - they are polarized. cermaic capacitors don’t store very much charge - not polarized.
water analogy: a bucket that empties when full sorta?
a three terminal resistor.
there is dial against a graphite disk the more graphite that it has to go through, the more resistance. the pivot point is connected to the middle. side pins are the opposite sides.
the terms are called:
- nose of the potentiometer (middle)
- cheek of the potentiometer (ends)
a specific set of capacitors, inductors, transistors, resistors in a circuit.
these look like small “chips”. “living bug” position refers to it being with its legs down. and the flat part is at the top.
the pins on an IC have numbers like so:
10 9 8 7 6 | | | | | |----------| |\ | | | | |/ | |----------| | | | | | 1 2 3 4 5
where the left side has a marker like a half circle
- passive linear circuit that reduces voltage from its input to its output
- one way to create a voltage divider is to use a potentiometer - a resistive divider
- If you set up two resistors - VoltageOut = Resistance2 / (Resistance1 + Resistance2) * VoltageIn
- biopolar junction transistor
- uses the language of:
- field effect transistor
- uses the language of:
terms for various voltage supplies on schematics
Negative Voltage Supplies
- VCC: Voltage Collector Collector
- VDD: Voltage Drain Drain
Positive Voltage Supplies
- VEE: Voltage Emitter Emitter
- VSS: Voltage Source Source
Read more about the history of these names here.
short for Analog to Digital Converter
- op-amp is short for operational amplifier
- it can also be used as a buffer
- if you connect the negative out back to the post gain out it can be negative feedback
- using this buffer, we can add resistance to the feedback loop to control the total voltage added
i decided to start keeping track of specific ICs in the integrated-circuits page.
- there are a lot of CMOS 4000 series ICs to do various things
- check wikipedia for datasheets and descriptions
within electrical engineering, we need to read schematics. they’re designs that specify the components of a electrical circuit. reading schematics mostly involves learning a number of small icons used as a visual language to represent components. see this useful sparkfun guide on reading schematics.
BOM usually stands for bill of materials - a list of all the components or eletronics or pieces used in a circuit or build.
- Inter-Integrated Circuit
- Serial Peripheral Interface
- Universal Asynchonrous Receiver-Transmitter