Chapter 1

What Is Electronics and What Can It Do for You?

In This Chapter

arrow Seeing electric current for what it really is

arrow Recognizing the power of electrons

arrow Using conductors to go with the flow (of electrons)

arrow Making the right connections with a circuit

arrow Controlling the destiny of electrons with electronic components

arrow Applying electrical energy to loads of things

If you’re like most people, you probably have some idea about what electronics is. You’ve been up close and personal with lots of so-called “consumer electronics” devices, such as iPods, stereo equipment, personal computers, digital cameras, and televisions, but to you, they may seem like mysteriously magical boxes with buttons that respond to your every desire.

You know that underneath each sleek exterior lies an amazing assortment of tiny components connected together in just the right way to make something happen. And now you ...

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