By request:- A basic guide to identifying components and their functions for those who are new to electronics. This is a work in progress, and I welcome feedback from you guys on whether I should break it down into more manageable chunks. I’ve kept the maths to a minimum, since it can be off-putting to someone just getting started in electronics.
The idea of this video is to slot in some more of the jigsaw pieces involved in learning electronics, when you start to recognise components, but aren’t quite sure what they are or what they do.
It’s tricky to squeeze even the basics into a single video, and I’ve just realised how long this one is (and why it took all night to upload).

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20 thoughts on “A simple guide to electronic components.

  1. You've reminded me of my power triangle mnemonic as "Ivy Watts" (I x V = W). Going back 30 years. Wish I could remember a bit more of what we were taught in college!

  2. I have been watching your wonderful vids for some time and I don't know how I missed that one! Brilliant explanation – you are my favourite YouTuber

  3. What about inductors?! I came here because that’s the only one, I didn’t learn about when I was a kid and got an electronics kit!
    I wish there was a water analogy for them. I know it requires quantum physics to truly explain them, but I still want to know how a mere wire, in a spiral, can have such properties! And what exactly it does! (All I could find out, is that the magnetic field [so the relativistic electrostatic field] will cause it to influence itself. But somehow magically that causes some time delay. … HOW?)

  4. Nah, I once connected a red LED just like this to my 12V LEGO train’s rails as a kid, and the head of the diode blew right off and into my forehead! It hurt quite a bit.
    So don’t tell kids that applying too high of a voltage in the wrong direction will only cause it to short! ^^

  5. You said, "over complicate things as I sometimes do". Never! In fact, you always complicate things the perfect amount. Either that or you're just good at explaining complicated things.

  6. I always find that water analogy everywhere. Pressure = voltage is fine but what is the definition of flow???
    I know what current is now ive seen it around enough but what a terrible analogy when most kids have no idea what flow means. Is it the amount of water is it the speed? What does current really mean outside of the formulas im being given? Idk but I guess now i have this analogy of voltage = pressure and current = some abstract water concept that shall just remain abstract….

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