Go Back   Computer Forums > General Electricals
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-21-2010, 12:06 AM   #1
Guru
 
JogaBonito1502's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 7,844
Default Electricity

In physics class I never really paid full attention to electricity (there are many reasons for this, and I won't bother you with them). Going into an engineering field, I feel like I need to have better knowledge of this, so what I'm going to do is the following:

Everyday, I'll read a few articles about a certain topic regarding electricity. I'll post here what I've read so I can keep myself motivated, and maybe get some members to join in too. After a week, I'll catalog how many articles I've read and on what topics. I'll also order a kit of electronic components so I can start playing around a bit. I'll post my created circuits here.

I'm sorry that you guys are going to have to deal with this, but I need to keep myself motivated and CF seems like a really good place. I'm starting tonight with a few articles.

Wikipedia Articles:

1a. Electric Charge

Article (1a) is leading me into a more physical approach than what I was looking for. I will restart with article (2a).

2a. Microcontroller
3a. Electrical Circuit/Network
3b. Resistors -- Current read

Footnotes: Please feel free to share any good texts or ideas on how best to learn some of this stuff. It's a lot of take in, but I have all of summer to make some good progress.

Also, @mods: I realized now that this belongs under general electrical. If one of you could please move it there I'd appreciate. Sorry for the trouble, thanks. And yes, I'm okay with being handed an infraction for this.
__________________

JogaBonito1502 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2010, 02:28 AM   #2
Daemon Poster
 
The_Lucas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 752
Send a message via ICQ to The_Lucas Send a message via MSN to The_Lucas Send a message via Yahoo to The_Lucas
Default Re: Electricity

Going deeper into the computer and it's circuits, are you? I commend you sir, for being a devoted tech. Let us know when you build one from scratch
__________________

__________________
The Enigma Community
http://enigmacommunity.org
My Blog
http://lucasbytegeni.us
Quote:
Originally Posted by krone6 View Post
Doesn't "loatheing" something the same as "love?" Whenever i hear it be used the person "loves" that product or service or whatever it is they're talking about.
The_Lucas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2010, 02:50 AM   #3
Golden Master
 
sniperviper21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 5,463
Default Re: Electricity

Well joga, if u need any help with understanding electricity just ask,did 2 years of it.
__________________
You got to have a Fiddle in the band!
sniperviper21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2010, 03:14 AM   #4
Daemon Poster
 
The_Lucas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 752
Send a message via ICQ to The_Lucas Send a message via MSN to The_Lucas Send a message via Yahoo to The_Lucas
Default Re: Electricity

Mr. Franklin was really devoted
__________________
The Enigma Community
http://enigmacommunity.org
My Blog
http://lucasbytegeni.us
Quote:
Originally Posted by krone6 View Post
Doesn't "loatheing" something the same as "love?" Whenever i hear it be used the person "loves" that product or service or whatever it is they're talking about.
The_Lucas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2010, 03:20 AM   #5
Fully Optimized
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: England
Posts: 3,390
Default Re: Electricity

Yea i've been into electronics since I was 9 when I wired my first plug. The last solution I developed was the electronics to operate the seat adjustments in a car.

I'll throw up a few sites later. I found one recently that is great for the hobbyist and has quite a lot of interesting projects you can have a go at.

Elliott Sound Products. I'm actually considering a few of these projects as solutions in my studio.
__________________
Lenovo ThinkPad T410 - i7 620M - 8GB RAM - Crucial M4 120GB SSD - 250GB 2nd drive - Intel HD 3000 GPU - 1440x900 - Windows 7/8
REMENIZ Computers
Remeniz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2010, 06:30 AM   #6
Site Team
 
root's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 7,631
Default Re: Electricity

Quote:
Originally Posted by JogaBonito1502 View Post
Also, @mods: I realized now that this belongs under general electrical. If one of you could please move it there I'd appreciate. Sorry for the trouble, thanks. And yes, I'm okay with being handed an infraction for this.
I think it's ok here.

it's about electricity, but not electronic devices, so the social lounge seems as good of a place as any.
__________________
I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian…
Im sick of people saying 'dont waste paper'. If trees wanted to live, they'd all carry guns.
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; The inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
root is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2010, 12:01 PM   #7
Guru
 
JogaBonito1502's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 7,844
Default Re: Electricity

I'm walking a fine line right now because if I deviate too much I'll start getting into more the physical theory rather than the applications (which is what I'm interested in). I want to go deep into circuits because I've learned all this mathematics that relates resistance, inductance, current, capacity, etc. yet I don't understand exactly what it's relating, all I can do is the mathematics.

I'm going to my friend's house today, and he's going to give me a quick breakdown of everything (he's studying to be an electrical engineer). He's got some cool devices he's going to lend me (microcontrollers, LEDs, motors, etc) so I can start tinkering as well.
JogaBonito1502 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2010, 12:44 PM   #8
Daemon Poster
 
AmericanSensei's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,144
Default Re: Electricity

Relocated.
AmericanSensei is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2010, 02:27 PM   #9
Site Team
 
berry120's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: England, UK
Posts: 3,380
Default Re: Electricity

The great thing about electronics is that the parts don't generally cost much at all these days. Bit of breadboard, soldering stuff, resistors, LEDs, transistors and the like can be picked up very cheaply.

I learnt most of what I know by just looking up random circuits online, then trying to figure out how they worked, asking questions if I needed. It's a relatively quick way to learn, at least I found so. Then again, I was coming from a relatively strong background since I'd got a good grasp of the fundamental components and what they did, as well as having spent many evenings tinkering around with various logic gates!

As a bit of a side, understanding things thoroughly on a low level can often help in various places higher up as well (not just in electrics but generally within computing.) You'll learn a new side of solving problems, and especially if you fancy hacking out things in ASM or C, this will prove very useful.
__________________
Save the whales, feed the hungry, free the mallocs.
berry120 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2010, 12:58 PM   #10
Guru
 
JogaBonito1502's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 7,844
Default Re: Electricity

Other than eBay, does anyone know a good place to buy microcontrollers, breadboards, LEDs, etc? I don't want to dish out a lot of money on this yet, so it would have to be relatively cheap.
__________________

JogaBonito1502 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0