Join Barron Stone for an in-depth discussion in this video Use the exercise files, part of Electronics Foundations: Semiconductor Devices.
- [Instructor] If you want to follow along with this course to build and measure your own electronic circuits, you're going to need some hardware. I've included a list of the various components and tools I use throughout this course in the exercise files. In the main directory for this course, I've included a PDF file named Hardware List that contains a list of components. Almost all of these items are common parts that you can purchase from a number of online retailers or your local electronic store. But, for your convenience, I've also included a link to an online store page for each item.
Throughout this course, I'll be using two common electrical tools to measure my circuits, a digital multimeter and a oscilloscope. I've included those items in the parts list as well, and, for the multimeter, I've provided two recommended options, a very simple DMM that only makes basic measurements, and a more advanced DMM with autoranging and other capabilities. I've also included a document with several of my favorite online resources for learning about electronics that I recommend using as references in addition to this course.
The rest of the exercise files are organized into numbered directories for each chapter of the course and then, within each chapter, there are numbered directories for each video. I've included things like circuit diagrams and other reference documents to help you follow along throughout the course. When I mention one of those items in a video, just navigate to the corresponding folder in the exercise files to find it. For some examples in this course, I'll be using Arduino microcontroller to demonstrate how certain circuits can be used with microcontroller devices.
And, for those examples, I've included the corresponding code in the exercise files. However, this course is not intended to teach Arduino programming. I've simply chosen Arduino as a device to demonstrate how electronic circuits can interface with microcontroller platforms.
- Semiconductor materials
- Diode applications
- Rectifying a signal
- Detecting the signal peak
- Protecting against large signals, reverse current, and flyback voltage
- Special purpose zener diodes, Schottky diodes, and photodiodes
- NPN and PNP bipolar junction transistors
- Using a BJT as a switch
- Field effect transistors
- Differences between BJTs and MOSFETs
- Operational amplifiers
- Op-amp applications
- Comparing signals
- Buffering signals
- Amplifying signals
- Filtering signals
- Combining signals