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Robot Builder's Bonanza, 4th Edition, 4th Edition by Gordon McComb

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Chapter 31Common Electronic Components for Robotics

Components are the things that make your electronic projects tick. Any given robot project might contain a dozen or more electronic components of varying types, including resistors, capacitors, integrated circuits, and light-emitting diodes.

In this chapter, you’ll learn about the components commonly found in electronics for robotics, and the roles they play in making the circuits work. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started.

But First, a Word about Electronics Symbols

Electronics use a kind of specialized road map to tell you what components are being used in a circuit and how they are connected together. This pictorial road map is called the schematic; it is a blueprint that ...

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