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From zero to “almost pro”: Newbie trying to learn. Good, quick resources?
What good resources are there for a high school student to start learning electronics?

I am trying to learn electronics. I have a number of books and have been through the basics

  • Ohms Law
  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • Diodes
  • Etc...

The books I have go through these fundamentals quite well but then they show some circuits for me to build. I would like to learn how to design a circuit and not just copy an existing one. For example, I know what capacitors are and how they work but I have no idea how to design them into a DC circuit.

Is there a good Electronics course online or a good book which will teach me.

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MIT is offering for free their Circuits & Electronics online this spring. If you do the homework and pass the test you will even get a certificate from MIT. Of course you can simply audit it if you prefer.

6.002x (Circuits and Electronics) is designed to serve as a first course in an undergraduate electrical engineering (EE), or electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) curriculum. At MIT, 6.002 is in the core of department subjects required for all undergraduates in EECS.

The course introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; independent and dependent sources; switches and MOS transistors; digital abstraction; amplifiers; energy storage elements; dynamics of first- and second-order networks; design in the time and frequency domains; and analog and digital circuits and applications. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course. You should expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on the course.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ For anyone else interested this course is very good and has very good material and resources. You can view most of the content as a guest if you have missed registration of the course. Highly recomend \$\endgroup\$ – skyfoot Jan 25 '13 at 9:23
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A bit of a hybrid between an online course and a book, is All About Circuits: http://www.allaboutcircuits.com I use it a lot as a reference, covers pretty much everything. Main topics are DC, AC, Semiconductors, Digital circuits, reference materials (resistor codes, math, etc.), and a bunch of experiments you can do.

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