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J. BartlettElectronics for Beginnershttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-5979-5_3

3. What Is Electricity?

Jonathan Bartlett1 
Tulsa, OK, USA

The first thing to tackle in the road to understanding electronics is to wrap our minds around what electricity is and how it works. The way that electricity works is very peculiar and unintuitive. We are used to dealing with the world in terms of physical objects—desks, chairs, baseballs, and so on. Even if we never took a class in physics, we know the basic properties of such objects from everyday experience. If I drop a rock on my foot, it will hurt. If I drop a heavier rock, it will hurt more. If I remove an important wall from a house, it will fall down.

However, for electricity, ...

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