The Art of Doing Electronics for Everyone

Video description

Embark on a fascinating journey into the realm of electronics with our meticulously designed course, perfect for beginners and enthusiasts alike. The course begins with an introduction to essential components, including resistors, LEDs, and push buttons, providing a solid foundation in circuit basics. Through a series of step-by-step video tutorials, you'll quickly grasp how these elements interact within a circuit, reinforced by exciting circuit challenges that test your new skills.

As you advance, you'll delve deeper into the intricacies of transistors and capacitors, both in DC and AC applications. Our expert instructors guide you through practical uses of these components, including voltage dividers, transistor switches, and RC timing circuits. You'll tackle more complex challenges, such as creating night lights and ping pong flashers, which enhance your understanding of electronics' dynamic nature.

The final sections introduce you to the power of integrated circuits, featuring the LM 358 Operational Amplifier, LM 555 Timer, and CD4017 Decade Counter. Each module combines theoretical insights with hands-on projects, like building motion detectors, toy pianos, and LED chasers. By the end of the course, you'll have a robust knowledge of electronic components and a portfolio of impressive projects to showcase your skills.

What you will learn

  • Construct and analyze basic electronic circuits
  • Understand the function and application of various electronic components
  • Design and implement projects using transistors, capacitors, and integrated circuits
  • Develop problem-solving skills through circuit challenges
  • Create and troubleshoot advanced electronic projects
  • Explore creative applications of electronics in music and interactive designs


This course is tailored for beginners with no prior experience in electronics, intermediate hobbyists looking to deepen their understanding, and tinkerers, and hobbyists of all things electronic. It also caters to people interested in designing circuits, and those interested in creating music from electronic circuits. Basic math skills and a passion for learning are the only prerequisites.

About the Author

Michael Eramo: Michael Eramo is a dedicated lifelong learner, experienced educator, and self-taught programmer. With official bachelor's degrees in music, education, and physics, as well as a master's in mathematics, he brings a diverse skill set to his teaching. As a Microsoft certified software developer, Michael has years of experience as a high school physics and computer science teacher, as well as a college mathematics teacher. He is also an esteemed member of the New York State Master-Teacher Program, a network of over 800 outstanding public-school teachers who share a passion for STEM learning and collaborate to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

Table of contents

  1. Chapter 1 : Introduction
    1. Introduction
    2. Parts List
    3. The Starting Point
  2. Chapter 2 : Resistors, LEDs, and More!
    1. Circuit Setup and Basics
    2. What is a Resistor?
    3. Circuit Challenge 1: Bright Bright Lights
    4. How to Use Multimeters
    5. Circuit Challenge 2: Meter Mystery
    6. LEDs and Measuring Values
    7. Understanding Push Buttons
    8. Circuit Challenge 3: Turn the Lights Off
    9. Understanding Variable Resistors
    10. Circuit Challenge 4: Color the Rainbow
  3. Chapter 3 : Transistors and Capacitors: DC Applications
    1. What is a Diode?
    2. Transistor Switches
    3. Voltage Dividers
    4. Circuit Challenge 5: The Night Light Company
    5. What is a Capacitor?
    6. RC Timing Circuits
    7. Circuit Challenge 6: The Cascade Fade
    8. RC Timed Transistor Switches
    9. Circuit Challenge 7: Don't Make Me Wait
    10. Build Together 1: Ping Pong Flashers
  4. Chapter 4 : Transistors and Capacitors: AC Applications
    1. Understanding Alternating Current
    2. Capacitors and AC
    3. RC Low Pass Filters
    4. RC High Pass Filters
    5. Circuit Challenge 8: You Shall Not Pass
    6. Using a Microphone
    7. Transistor Amplifiers (Common Emitter Amplifier)
    8. Circuit Challenge 9: I Can't Hear You
    9. Circuit Challenge 10: Rock and Roll Light Show
  5. Chapter 5 : Our First Integrated Circuit: LM 358 Operational Amplifier
    1. What is an Op Amp?
    2. The Op Amp Comparator
    3. The Non-Inverting Amplifier
    4. The Inverting Amplifier
  6. Chapter 6 : Op Amp Applications
    1. Build Together 2: The Motion Detector
    2. Build Together 3: Rock and Roll Light Show Part II
    3. Build Together 4: The Volume Meter
  7. Chapter 7 : Our Second Integrated Circuit: LM 555 Timer
    1. What is a 555 Timer?
    2. Bistable Mode
    3. Monostable Mode
    4. Astable Mode
  8. Chapter 8 : 555 Timer Applications
    1. Build Together 5: The Toy Theremin
    2. Build Together 6: The Toy Piano
    3. Build Together 7: The Atari Punk Console
    4. The Magic of the Atari Punk Console
  9. Chapter 9 : Our Third Integrated Circuit: CD4017 Decade Counter
    1. What is a Decade Counter?
    2. Manual LED Chaser
    3. Automatic LED Chaser
    4. A Decade is 10!
  10. Chapter 10 : Decade Counter Applications
    1. Build Together 8: The Voltage Controlled Oscillator
    2. Build Together 9: The 4 Step Sequencer
    3. Build Together 10: The Improved 8 Step Sequencer

Product information

  • Title: The Art of Doing Electronics for Everyone
  • Author(s): Michael Eramo
  • Release date: May 2024
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781836200635