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Learning Path: Electronics

So that you can give yourself a quick tutorial on electronics, we've arranged our definitions in this Learning Path in a sequence, with more basic building block topics placed at the beginning.

BASIC CONCEPTS... Ohm's Law -atom - electron - voltage - current - impedance - resistance - resistor - direct current (DC) - Kirchhoff's Laws for current and voltage - alternating current (AC) - hertz - frequency - phase - power - true power - apparent power - reactive power - peak - peak-to-peak - root-mean-square (rms) - energy - joule - Btu

FIELDS AND SIGNALS... flux - electrostatic field - dielectric material - magnetic field - electromagnetic field - circuit - signal - polarity - bipolar signaling - unipolar signaling - carrier - antenna - transducer - analog - digital - diode - oscillator

MODULATION... modulation - phase modulation - frequency modulation - phase-shift keying (PSK) - frequency-shift keying (FSK)

WAVELENGTHS... wavelength - signal-to-noise ratio - electromagnetic radiation spectrum - narrowband - broadband - wideband - bandwidth - attenuation - dense wavelength division multiplexing - wavelength switching - wavelength-division multiplexing

NOISE...noise - audio noise - white noise and pink noise

FREQUENCY...frequency - ELF - AF - RF

CONVERSIONS... digital-to-analog conversion - analog-to-digital conversion

TRANSISTORS... transistor -semiconductor - amplifier - bipolar transistor - field-effect transistor - capacitor - inductor

CIRCUITS... circuit - integrated circuit (IC) - CMOS - logic gate - LED - laser diode - optoisolator - surge suppressor - EMI - crosstalk - entropy

ANTENNA TYPES...antenna - feed line - coaxial antenna - dipole antenna - dish antenna - horn antenna - ground-plane antenna - waveguide

View other topics for self-study by visiting our Guide to the Learning Paths.

This was last updated in September 2005

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