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Alfred Leo Pelletier, CMI, HI 36
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Transistors. Transistors come in several
different types and amplify electric current.
They can also turn electricity on or off.
Resistors. Resistors control the flow of
electrical current, and are commonly
used to control volume in electronic
devices like TVs.
Other Capacitors. While the electrolytic
capacitor are the most popular, other
common capacitor types include ceramic,
plastic film types and tantalum. They are
often less expensive than electrolytic
capacitors and better for electronics that
don't require intensity.
Diodes. Diodes allow electricity to flow
in one direction and are usually used as
a form of protection. Above, the diodes
are red with resistors on the left.
Light-emitting Diodes (LEDs). Basically,
LEDs are just tiny light bulbs that fit
easily into an electrical circuit. Some
uses of LEDs include forming the
numbers on digital clocks, transmitting
information from remote controls,
lighting up watches and telling you
when your appliances are turned on.
Collected together, they can illuminate a
traffic light.
Inductors. An inductor is about as
simple as an electronic component
can get -- it is simply a coil of wire. It is
used in traffic light sensors. If you
team up an inductor with a capacitor
you create an oscillator.
Oscillators. Oscillators move energy
back and forth between two forms to
create repetitive, predictable signals,
much like the pendulum in a grandfather
clock. A quartz watch like the one above
uses a quartz oscillator to keep track of
what time it is. An AM radio transmitter
uses an oscillator to create the carrier
wave for the station and there are also
oscillators in computers, metal
detectors and stun guns.
Semiconductor Chips/Integrated
Circuits. An integrated circuit, also
called a chip, may contain millions of
transistors and other components
surrounded by a plastic or ceramic
case. It connects to a circuit board via
the metal pins seen above. Chips are
often used in cars, computers,
calculators and more.
Microcontrollers. Most modern electronic
devices -- TVs, VCRs, microwaves and
so on -- contain an embedded
microcontroller. It's basically a dedicated
Microprocessors. A microprocessor --
also known as a CPU or central
processing unit -- is a complete
computation engine that is fabricated
on a single chip. Pictured above is the
back side of the Core i7 chip with
Nehalem microarchitecture.
Electric Motors. An electromagnet is
the basis of an electric motor. In your
house, almost every mechanical
movement that you see around you is
caused by an AC (alternating current)
or DC (direct current) electric motor.
Brushless Electric Motors. In a brushless
DC motor (BLDC), you put the permanent
magnets on the rotor and you move the
electromagnets to the stator. Then you
use a computer (connected to
high-power transistors) to charge up the
electromagnets as the shaft turns.
Relays. A relay is a simple
electromechanical switch made up of an
electromagnet and a set of contacts. Relays
are quite common in home appliances
where there is an electronic control turning
on something like a motor or a light.
Power-cube Transformers. The purpose of a
transformer is to convert one AC voltage to
another AC voltage. A typical home probably
has five to 10 of these little transformers
plugged into the wall at any given time, and
they are used with printers, speakers, cell
phone chargers, electric drills and more.
Electrolytic Capacitors. Capacitors are like
batteries, but they dump their entire charge
in a tiny fraction of a second, where a battery
would take minutes. They are commonly
used for anything that requires a flash, such
as a camera. They can also be used to even
out voltage or block DC current.

  • 1. Starting Your Program
  • 2. Introduction to Electronics
  • 3. Nature of Electricity
  • 4. Practical Exercise 1 Electronics Basics / Additional Unit Materials
  • 5. Conductors, Insulators, and Batteries
  • 6. Circuit Analysis and Ohm’s Law
  • 7. Practical Exercise 2 Electronics / Additional Unit Materials
  • 8. Basic Test Equipment
  • 9. Electronics Hardware
  • 10. Switching Devices
  • 11. Practical Exercise 3 Electronics / Additional Unit Materials
  • 12. Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • 13. Capacitors and Inductors
  • 14. Basic Semiconductor Components Diodes
  • 15. Basic Semiconductor Components Transistors
  • 16. Practical Exercise 4 Electronics / Additional Unit Materials
  • 17. Alternating Current
  • 18. Capacitors in AC Circuits
  • 19. Inductors in AC Circuits
  • 20. Transformers
  • 21. Practical Exercise 5 Electronics / Additional Unit Materials
  • 22. Reactance and Impedance
  • 23. Resonant Circuits
  • 24. Applications and Troubleshooting of Resonant Circuits
  • 25. Practical Exercise 6 Resonant Circuits / Additional Unit Materials
  • 26. Rectifiers and Power Supplies
  • 27. Amplifiers
  • 28. Oscillators
  • 29. Optoelectronic and Fiber Optic Components
  • 30. Practical Exercise 7 / Additional Unit Materials
  • 31. Electronic Sensors
  • 32. Modulation and Detection Circuits
  • 33. Electronic Devices and Amplification
  • 34. Using Basic Oscilloscopes
  • 35. Practical Exercise 8 / Additional Unit Materials
  • 36. Audio and RF Circuits
  • 37. Oscillators, Feedback, and Waveforms
  • 38. Electronic Power Supply Systems
  • 39. Practical Exercise 9 / Additional Unit Materials
  • 40. Resonant Circuits
Animated diagram showing the operation of a tuned circuit (LC
circuit). The capacitor stores energy in its electric field E and the
inductor stores energy in its magnetic field B (green). This jerky
animation shows "snapshots" of the circuit at progressive points in
the oscillation. The oscillations are slowed down; in an actual tuned
circuit the charge oscillates back and forth tens of thousands to
billions of times per second.
The Heating Zones Control Systems are the designs of Alfred Pelletier. Electrical Circuits were
designed by Alfred to operate this system. Alfred built and installed these units. All plumbing,
electrical, installing these units, and testing was completed by Alfred Pelletier. Inspection pass local
and State of Rhode Island Inspection.

  • 41. Applications of Resonant Circuits
  • 42. Pulse Techniques
  • 43. Pulse Generators
  • 44. Wave-Shaping Circuits
  • 45. Timing
  • 46. Pulse Circuit Applications
  • 47. Troubleshooting Pulse Circuits
  • 48. Logic Circuit Fundamentals
  • 49. Introduction to Number Systems
  • 50. Logic Devices and Diagrams
  • 51. Logic Families
  • 52. Applications of Logic Circuits
  • 53. Troubleshooting Logic Circuits
  •    Reference Lessons:
  •    Personal Safety, Part 1
  •    Personal Safety, Part 2
  •    Learning Aid: Safe Use of Hand Tools
  • 54. Linear and Digital Circuit Principles
  • 55. Integrated-Circuit Techniques
  • 56. Linear Integrated Circuits
  • 57. Digital Integrated Circuits
  • 58. Integrated-Circuit Logic Systems
  • 59. Troubleshooting Linear and Digital IC Systems
  •    Lab Manuals:
  •    Experiments with Pulse Circuits
  •    Experiments with Logic Circuits
  •    Experiments with Linear Integrated Circuit
  •    Learning Aids:
  •    Parts Kits for Experiments 1–3
  •    Digital Trainer  
  • 60. Industrial Computer Fundamentals  
  • 61. Digital and Analog Systems
  • 62. Software and Programming  
  • 63. Computer-Aided Control Systems
  • 64. Interfacing Principles          
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