This class provides a practical introduction to the fundamentals of electrical circuits for hobbyists.
Topics will include:
- Conductors and insulators
- Voltage, current, resistance, and power, and the formulas relating them
- Series and parallel circuits and how voltage and current split in them
- Basic components: wires, resistors, capacitors, inductors
- Converting a schematic diagram to physical wiring
- Using solderless breadboards
- Meters and using a multimeter to measure what's going on in a simple circuit
- What is "ground"
- What is a "lot" or "little" voltage, current, resistance, power
- Power supplies and specifications
- Using a multimeter for some basic troubleshooting
This is a lecture and lab class. Expect to build and modify circuits (mostly using a breadboard), calculate and predict values, and use a multimeter to verify them. Ohm's law and the power formulas should be your friends by the time you're done. If you have a multimeter and or a breadboard, bring them. If not, that's fine - they'll be provided.
While it is scheduled to provide basic skills going into the Workshop 88 Arduino class cycle, it will be a valuable introduction on its own.
This class will be taught in two sessions, Jan 14 and Jan 21, both 1-3 PM at Workshop 88. Please plan to attend both.
NOTE: The entrance to Workshop 88 is NOT on Main Street. Please see map here.