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Electronic components and what they do

Videos on electronic components and what they do. Connecting several together (the right way)
brings them to life in a circuit which forms the basis of every piece of electronic equipment.

A look at switches

 

Fun with variable resistors

 

Different types of capacitors

 

Make your own capacitor with stuff from the kitchen

 

An introduction to variable capacitors

 

Fun with neon lamps

 

Back to basics with flashing LEDs

 

A 'reverse avalanche mode' transistor LED flasher

 

CMOS IC single letter Morse generator

 

Light dependent resistors

 

Uses for piezo transducers from old smoke alarms

 

Try a piezo transducer on your crystal set

 

Amateur uses for some cheap crystals and oscillator modules

 

Testing quartz crystals with an HF receiver

 

Pet shop pill gun variable inductor

 

Make a sliding variable inductor

 

Winding toroids

 

Prefer to read?

A more in-depth treatment of what the common components do is here.
I also recommend articles on the Talking Electronics website.

 

Some handy reference books on electronic components and circuits:

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