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kingtermite
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Learning Basic Electronics

Wed May 29, 2019 8:00 pm

I did do some searching of this forum, but didn't find much in the way of what I'm wanting. I saw some pointers to Adafruit, but didn't see anything there that was quite what I'm looking for.

I'm new to the RPi. Just got my first board/kit yesterday. I wouldn't call myself a complete noob, though...my education is in Computer Engineering and I've been a professional software developer for about 20 years.

I did do some projects similar to Raspberry Pi back in college (when there were not these nice 'kits' like the RPi to make things easier). I think I'll be OK on the digital side of things...programming it, learning to connect GPIO pins and such.

But I haven't done anything with basic (analog) electronics in 20 years. Does anyone know any nice videos/classes/tutorials on basic analog electronics of the type that would be helpful to working with Raspberry Pi?

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Re: Learning Basic Electronics

Wed May 29, 2019 9:39 pm

The Raspberry Pi is a digital device, it has no analog inputs or outputs.

You'll need an "ADC" - Analogue to Digital Converter, if you plan to use non digital accessories and modules with it.
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Re: Learning Basic Electronics

Wed May 29, 2019 10:01 pm

Do you have a local MakerSpace or Raspberry Jam that you can go to? Sometimes they will have short introductory group sessions.

Some of the online universities such as Coursera have videos (as does YouTube) and places such as Instructables have web based.

Check out your local library for books - the basic principals of volts / amps / resistance have not changed so even if the book dates to to 80s it will still be fine :lol: My local library will buy books if requested.

Elektor magazine used to do a solid introduction but that would be an eBay task

For £15 this ebook is neat https://www.build-electronic-circuits.c ... d-edition/

If you are feeling rich you could do this remotely https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/onl ... lectronics
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Re: Learning Basic Electronics

Wed May 29, 2019 10:04 pm

Imperf3kt wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 9:39 pm
The Raspberry Pi is a digital device, it has no analog inputs or outputs.

You'll need an "ADC" - Analogue to Digital Converter, if you plan to use non digital accessories and modules with it.
Although the Pi itself is a digital device, nearly anything you do on your own to connect to it is going to have analog components like resistors, capacitors, voltage regulators, etc...

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Re: Learning Basic Electronics

Wed May 29, 2019 10:05 pm

Andyroo wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 10:01 pm
Do you have a local MakerSpace or Raspberry Jam that you can go to? Sometimes they will have short introductory group sessions.

Some of the online universities such as Coursera have videos (as does YouTube) and places such as Instructables have web based.

Check out your local library for books - the basic principals of volts / amps / resistance have not changed so even if the book dates to to 80s it will still be fine :lol: My local library will buy books if requested.

Elektor magazine used to do a solid introduction but that would be an eBay task

For £15 this ebook is neat https://www.build-electronic-circuits.c ... d-edition/

If you are feeling rich you could do this remotely https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/onl ... lectronics
Good thoughts and resources. Thank you.

I live in a pretty high-tech area (Seattle), so I'm pretty sure there would be something like that here. I do some googling.

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Re: Learning Basic Electronics

Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:12 pm

I will add your local library may already be subscribed to some online learning sites. For example, my local (USA based) library subscribed to Lydia.com where there are a ton of education videos and tutorials including things like electricity/electronics and Python.

Go to your libraries web site and look for links for things like databases where this stuff can be found. Typically you will need to have a library card from the library to take advantage of these databases.

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Re: Learning Basic Electronics

Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:28 pm

kingtermite wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 10:04 pm
Although the Pi itself is a digital device, nearly anything you do on your own to connect to it is going to have analog components like resistors, capacitors, voltage regulators, etc...
Exactly that; nothing very complicated at all. I would have thought that what electronics you have done, albeit 20 years ago, will serve you well and you perhaps just need a refresher to get up to speed.

I would start with looking at Pi examples for wiring up LED's and switches and going from there -

https://pimylifeup.com/raspberry-pi-gpio

I'm sure the RPF / Code Club have some useful resources though I didn't hit on those with my quick search.

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Re: Learning Basic Electronics

Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:32 pm

Also for some background, goto the HackSpace magazine and have a read through them, they are all free to download and read.
There is/was a series in them with different elements for electronics in each magazine
https://hackspace.raspberrypi.org/

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