Let me tell you about the basic electronic components list with images. Because we need to use them to build electronics circuits. If without learning the name and how they work. So, the circuit designing is never complete or do not work well.
They include resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, LEDs, integrated circuits(ICs), etc.
Most components have two or more terminals(lead). To solder them on the circuit boards or wire connection.
These are an overview of basic electronic components. You can get in-depth information. By clicking on the link of each component.
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- 1 Resistors—resist the flow of electricity
- 2 Capacitors—Store an electrical charge
- 3 Diodes—one-way valves for electrical current
- 4 Diodes—keep a fixed voltage across them
- 5 Transistors—make an amplifier or switching circuit
- 6 SCRs (Silicon-Controlled -rectifiers)
- 7 Triac—two SCRs connected in parallel
- 8 Diac—like zener diode in parallel
- 9 ICs—Integrated Circuits
Resistors—resist the flow of electricity
Resistors are also used to divide a voltage into a smaller voltage. Resistors are used to increase the time required to charge capacitors and speed up the discharged of capacitors.
They are also used to control the gain of amplifiers.
Capacitors—Store an electrical charge
They have many uses. Example
- Store an electrical charge.
- To smooth a fluctuating Signal.
- Block continuous current while passing current pulses.
Capacitors have many types and sizes. We often use three types of capacitors. Such as Ceramic, Mylar, and Electrolytic.
- The Electrolytic have a lot of capacitance show on its body. Importance! Important! it is A polarised capacitor so has a positive and negative leg.
Its negative leg (have a mark on it) must always connect to the negative terminal.
- The Ceramic and Mylar have capacitance less than the Electrolytic. They are really small. So, there is a code capacitor on them instead.
Capacitor color code calculator
For example, 104J is 0.1μF on 5% tolerance.
- First and Second Digit are fixed number having unit in pF.
- The third is Multiplier with number ten raised to the power. For example 10³.
- Fourth is tolerance level such as J = 5%, K = 10%, M = 20%.
How to do?
- What is 104k capacitor value?
1. 10 x 104 pF. which it is 0.1μF and 10% tolerance.
Diodes—one-way valves for electrical current
The diode acts as a rectifier, allowing the current to flow one way. It must be a right way connection only.
Diodes have different sizes and usage according to their spec. Their number will be printed on its body. As the picture below Is a diode that we use very often
Diodes—keep a fixed voltage across them
They have shape look likes a diode. And they also work similarly. A positive current can come to the anode to cathode easily.
But this current will not be able to flow back through the cathode to anode. Until the voltage drops across it to a set point. It will allow the current to pass.
And this voltage (VZ) drop across it will not change. For example, VZ is 5.6V. So, We use it as a constant voltage regulator.
Transistors—make an amplifier or switching circuit
Transistors are semiconductor devices with three leads.
A very small current or voltage at one lead can control a much larger current flowing through the other two leads.
There are many kinds of transistors. But they can be all put into two groups. One group is NPN type. I like to use it with positive voltage. The other group is PNP types. They work in the negative.
Transistors have different shapes. According to usage characteristics. Its number will be printed on its body.
SCRs (Silicon-Controlled -rectifiers)
The SCR is similar to a bipolar transistor. But its symbol is similar to a diode. It has three legs. It acts as a barrier to prevent electricity from flowing through it. From the anode legs to the cathode. Until there is a control current to trigger the gate only.
But electricity cannot flow back to the cathode to Anode.
They have the symbol and shapes as follows.
Triac—two SCRs connected in parallel
Triac acts like an SCR but allows both direction currents to flow through it. If there is a control flow that is right. So, They are good at AC switching controller. They have the symbol and shapes as follows.
Diac—like zener diode in parallel
Diac is similar to a Zener Diode. But will not allow the current to flow through both sides. Until the voltage drops across it, reaching the specified value only. So it will allow the current to flow through and it doesn’t have any specific terminal like a resistor. There are shapes and symbols.
IC stands for the Integrated circuit. IC is an electronic device with integrated circuits inside it. With the legs coming out to use many legs. we need to read various functions in the manual of that device. The most common are model of the dual in the package(DIP). Look at below.
The IC has a counting pin system as follows:
Look at from the top of the IC. You will see an index marker to indicate pin 1. Then we start fo count e counterclockwise 1 index point. Where the IC number of each IC is printed on the chassis as shown.
On right is a metal can model for OP-AMP IC. It is of high quality but expensive.
Cr: Image of Electronic circuit project book 1
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