Chapter 5

Naming Names: Important Terms, Concepts and Building Blocks

While many different terms are used to describe electrons and their behavior, you will encounter a core set, common to all electronics, in your repair work. Some deal with electrical units, some with parts and their characteristics, some with circuit concepts, and others with hip tech slang. (Okay, you can stop laughing now!) Others describe frequently employed circuits used as the building blocks of many products. Getting familiar with these terms is crucial to your understanding the rest of this book, so let’s look them over before moving on to Chapter 6.

We’ll touch briefly on the most vital terms here; for more, and greater detail, check out the Glossary at the back of ...

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