Getting Started with Electronics — Bonus Features

Getting Started with Electronics

Thank you for reading Getting Started with Electronics. This web page will help you get the materials you need for the projects in the book. It will also point you toward some other dummies.com features that help you learn more about electronics!

Get the materials for the projects

You need a number of household items along with items that are typically easy to find online at sites like TaydaElectronics, Fry’s Electronics, Farnell element14, RadioShack, or amazon.com. Click here to download the complete list of materials needed for all projects in the book, including minimum and recommended quantities.

Become an Electronics Expert

Sharpen your circuit-building skills by finding out how to read the colorful stripes on resistors and how to make your own jumper wires. Then take a look at how batteries work so you’re sure to get the most out of these common energy sources. Click here to take your skills to the next level!

Feeling Jumpy?

A jumper wire is a short insulated wire with bare (stripped of insulation) ends. You use jumper wires to connect two points in a breadboard circuit. Even if you have a set of precut jumper wires, chances are you’ll need to make a jumper wire of a specific length for a circuit or two. Making a jumper wire isn’t that hard, as long as you have the right wire, tools, and a little patience, so click here to learn all about it.

Speakers are made with magnets?

A typical speaker contains two magnets and a cone made of paper or plastic. The black material you see in a speaker is the paper cone. One of the speaker’s magnets is a permanent magnet (meaning that it is always magnetized) and the other is an electromagnet. Learn more about how speakers work to make sound here!

Pretty colors

If you think those colorful bands on your resistors are there just for show, think again! Those bands tell you the value of the resistor. Before you can decode the resistor value, you need to know a little more about resistors. Check out resistor values and how to read them here!

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