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Introduction to Basic Electronics

Free online course on the principles of electronics and some of the theorems guiding the design of electrical circuits.

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This free online introduction to basic electronics course will teach you about the ENIAC computer, semiconductor technology, and also the concept of superposition theory. It will also teach about the Thevenin's theorem, as well as Norton's equivalent circuits. You will also learn about RC and RL circuits with DC sources, as well as charging and discharging transients in RC circuits. Then, you will learn about a simulation of RC and RL circuits.
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In this course, you will learn about the history of the computer, the ENIAC computer, semiconductor technology, and also about the concept of the superposition theory. The Thevenin's theorem, and graphical method for finding Thevenin's voltage and resistance will also be covered in this course. Then, the course will teach you about Norton's equivalent circuits, sinusoidial steady state, as well as the use of phasors in circuit analysis.

This course will also teach you about RC and RL circuits with DC sources, as well as charging and discharging transients in RC circuits. Lastly, this course will cover examples involving RC circuits and RL circuits, and also, teach you how the simulation of RC circuits and RL circuits can be carried out.

This course is helpful for learners who want to understand the fundamentals of electronics, as well as the history of electronics. The course will also teach learners about the various fundamental theorems that are important when learning about electronics. Start this course now to understand how theorems like superposition, Thevenin, and Norton are important in the design of electronic circuits.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the history of electronics and semiconductor technology.
  • Examine the principle of superposition and how it applies in practice.
  • Examine some useful theorems that are applicable in circuit techniques.
  • Discuss the conversion of the Thevenin circuit into its equivalent, Norton's theorem.
  • Identify how to apply phasors to RLC circuits.
  • Identify the general solution for an RC or RL circuit and plot the solution as a function of time.
  • Examine a series RC circuit with a single resistor a single capacitor and a step input voltage.
  • Discuss how to obtain the currents and voltages for an RC circuit with a switch.
  • Discuss the charge conservation for a capacitor and its implications.
  • Examine how to simulate RC and RL circuits.


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