13Electronic Components, Functions, and Devices

OBJECTIVES: After studying this chapter, you will be able to

  • Describe what a semiconductor material is
  • Understand the atomic structure of a semiconductor material
  • Explain the difference between an electric and an electronic device
  • Explain N-type and P-type materials
  • Describe what the term hole implies in the context of electronics fundamentals
  • Describe the terms doping, dopant, and doped material
  • Name and explain common functions performed by electronic circuits
  • Explain the term solid-state
  • Understand the difference between analog and digital electronics
  • Become familiar with some terms that you will learn later in the book
  • Explain how in electronic circuits AC and DC can be combined together

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