Electronics component series: The introduction

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Welcome to this new exciting series! In this series, I will explain the basic components that are used in everyday consumer electronics gadgets. Let’s get started. By Chiratidzo Charakupa.

If you have opened a dead electronics gadget, you’ve probably seen the motherboard. On the mother board are several components. Some components have “legs” and look like strange millipedes (most of these are Integrated Circuits). Others look like tiny pieces of dirt and others just look like items from a mad scientist’s drawer.

All these individual components are either active or passive. When creating an electronics circuit, it is quite useful to know which devices are active components and which are passive. This is because the passive components behave in a completely different manner from the active components.

The article will take on a journey of learning about:

  • The motherboard - a is the place where all the components are placed
  • Active component - the place where all the components are placed
  • Passive component - this is an electronic component that only receives energy in the electrical circuit
  • Resistor
  • Why do we need resistors?
  • Capacitor
  • Inductor
  • The Golden 3
  • Practical moment

Author calls Resistors, Capacitors and Inductors the Golden 3 because most electronic circuits, and the basic principles behind the complex components use the basic principles used by resistors, capacitors and inductors. Excellent read!

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