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Analog Experiments

One of the best ways to learn electronics of any kind is to have some actual components on hand and build the circuit you want to explore. Then you can test it, make adjustments, and test again as you figure out just what is going on in the circuit.

Modern student labs often use simulators such as SPICE, or programming systems such as Matlab to test the circuit in a theoretical way. This does have the advantage that real components aren't required, and can't be damaged or destroyed by excessive voltages or currents. However, it also has the disadvantage that all circuit behavior is calculated from theoretical models, so the student never sees the typical variations that may occur when using real components in a real physical environment.

If you're going to work with electronics at all, you will eventually have to work with real parts in real circuits. Therefore, these pages will all be designed, tested, and written as real-world physical experiments.

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