Originally Posted by iPwn
First off, studying for a CompTIA test and creating an IT Guide are a little different. Add on too that "IT Guide" is extremely ambiguous... there are many many areas within IT and fields of study... just throwing that out there
Circuit: An electrical loop. Current can go in a 'circuit' over media such as copper (as on a motherboard).
Amps/amperage: Think of amps as the amount of electricity passing through at once, or 'all at the same time, in a measured space'. You can get hit by lightning because the current isn't 'thick' enough to kill you. Liken it to bandwidth. The higher the bandwidth, the more data travels at a time.
Current: Flow of energy? - pretty much
Capacitor: Stores energy basically... You'd have to google how it works.
Resistance: Correct. Using the same analogy of bandwidth, liken a resistor (or resistance) as a network 'bottleneck'. Everything has to slow down because the available bandwidth (or pipe) is now smaller.
Well yes, I am creating this guide to help me understand all of this information better, hopefully en route to receiving the certification! I find whenever I write something down or break it down/simplify it in my head by my own terms, it is easier for me to retain it.
As far as your interpretation - this is helping me get somewhere, although I do have other questions branching out due to uncertainty.
I'll break your interpretations down (sorry if I seem nitpicky
Circuit - a "loop" that holds all of the current together over a specific area?
Amp(s)/erage - a certain 'amount' of electricity determining the flow of current and electricity? If so, what is the difference between this, volts, and watts? These three all sound quite similar.
Resistance- a 'stop gap' when current overflows or other electrical problems arise? Apparently this also has to do with positive/negative charges as well, however I'm still having trouble grasping that as well.
Capacitor- So this apparently is temporary storage for charges and currents. Would this contain multiple circuits, or would the circuit end up containing multiple capacitors in the loop?
If energy is the rate and/or speed of an electric charge, this ultimately determines the current flow, right?
And obviously power is the driving force for all of this to transfer and manifest.
I still have no idea what an electron, atom, or what a subatomic particle is. I'm also having trouble understanding what a charge is, which might be among the most basic definitions in the vicinity of electricity. I try reading on the internet, but while reading, my over-intuitive brain needs more information, which leads to reading information that I don't understand. Therefore, I can't construct information into a basic understanding.
(I know, you guys are probably thinking "didn't this fuck learn stuff like this in school?". I didn't really pay attention, and I didn't attend public school...long ass story.
Originally Posted by strollin
For the most part electricity is similar to water flow and plumbing. The smaller the pipe, the less water can flow, hence resistance. Water pressure is similar to voltage, water flow similar to current. A plumbing system is similar to a circuit and a water bucket is similar to a capacitor.
This clears things up by a good margin - GREAT ANALOGY!
Originally Posted by MMM
Hope you lot are not playing with electricity!
I am not. What subtle hints indicated the possibility that I could be in my post?
Originally Posted by setishock
pushit, You need to take a basic electrical course.
IMO, I think if I put my mind to it, I can learn just as much reading random excerpts on the internet as I could through education. Unless you're suggesting that there are certain parts in the education process that are exclusive, like hands-on activities such as constructing a electrical breaker, or the like.
I unfortunately don't have access to any education centers that would offer such a course atm.
If anyone has any suggestions on books or websites that are aimed towards this concept, please insert in the thread! Thanks for all of the input.