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Where do I get started with analog/digital circuit design?

  1. Apr 10, 2009 #1
    How do I even get started with analog/digital circuit design?

    Can you recommend any books or lectures I can read or watch?

    How did you get started?

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  3. Apr 10, 2009 #2


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    Welcome to the PF. Where are you in school? What kits/projects have you built so far?

    I'm a broken record when it comes to recommending a cover-to-cover read of "The Art of Electronics" by Horowitz and Hill. Do you have a technical library nearby where you can check out a copy?
  4. Apr 10, 2009 #3
    I'm a Junior in high school. As for my experience, I've stuck with teaching myself computer science for the past few years. Thus, I've built no models nor messed with any kits. However, I am quite familiar with C and have a working knowledge of pointer arithmetic/manipulation (if that helps).

    I'm currently on spring break and with a physics book I'm teaching myself electrical physics.

    Thanks again for your reply! I'll try and pickup a copy of the book you recommended tomorrow.
  5. Apr 10, 2009 #4


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    Definitely. Pick up a used copy of H&H, and build a couple kits. See the other posts on this theme in the EE forum, and then kick some ____.
  6. Apr 10, 2009 #5
    There is tons of info on introductory electronics out there. A quick way is to google and wiki various topics in.

    Besides the theory, there is nothing like building and testing circuits. You can pick up a breadboard, some wiring, a couple of resistors and capacitors in radio shack, as well as an op-amp. Put those together, and see how well your circuit agrees with theory.
  7. Apr 11, 2009 #6


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    It starts with the basics. The two fundamental building blocks are voltage and current. Use the physics book to get a handle on those, and basic resistor circuits. After that an actual electronics book is the way to go, and Horowitz and Hill is widely recognized as the best there is.

    Good luck!
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