eevBLAB #10 - Why Learn Basic Electronics?

A reddit user asks what is the point in learning basic electronics these days when you can do everything with off the shelf modules and boards like Arduinos and the like.
They make it super easy to build stuff, so why does anyone need any knowledge of basic electronics any more?

I am confused. What is the point of learning basic electronics as a hobbyist ? from TheAmpHour


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20 thoughts on “eevBLAB #10 – Why Learn Basic Electronics?

  1. Electronics are cool but it can fools us about when we think that we can make money easily developing specific devices in electronics to sell. When you said "electronics for fun", that is the point, it is for fun. To get many money with that in the like a business, it is so tough. It is like win in the lottery.

  2. I never use an oscilloscope in tinkering around to realized why its important to have one. The basics is very important…its better to start from scratch first and findind IC's that can help along the way.

  3. I agree 100% !! I hire programmer Interns from college. They program electromechanical test equipment that we design and build. When they program it and it doesn't work, I force them to troubleshoot it with multimeters and oscilloscopes. By the time they leave they ALWAYS tell me that they learned way more than they ever thought they would.

  4. My dad was an engineer, and when I was younger I wanted to follow in his footsteps, but I ended up in computing. I have a couple of raspberry pi's, but I've never really put them through anything of note, and I'm still really keen to get involved in electronics and meld my knowledge of computing and what I learn from electronics together. Where is the best place to start?

  5. Similar question as "why should I learn assembly or how an operating systems works when I have high level languages and tons of libraries I can glue together ?"

  6. I agree but I have found myself bushing up my basic electronics for a different reason. Retro computing. You get a old computer off eBay and it sorta works but doesn’t. No body wants to look at that. Or in one case I have found enhancements made in Poland that work but are not modern video friendly. 15hz vga into a modern lcd display that don’t want to see below 30hz. Good luck getting it to work without electronics. Yea software is still my first love but electronics can be required.

  7. Hello Dave. I would consider myself and electronics hobbyist growing up but I really didn't truly understand electronics until I went to tech school and got my two year degree in electronic engineering. I see in some of your recent videos how smart your children are but then again look who their dad is and look at the resources they have to learn from. Most electronics hobbyists do not have those kind of resources to learn from.

  8. I don't see why electronics enthusiasts spend their lives making leds flash rather than ever constructing anything useful. Is everyone soooo short of ideas?

  9. But where do I start?? I nearly failed college due to electronics 1 and 2. I still don't understand Ohm's law. I'm confused with + and -. They say – goes to +. Where to start. I've tried for years but I just don't understand it!!!!

  10. I agree with Dave Jones. I've seen arduino users stuck with lack of 0V connection or similar, asking a lot of amperes to a device that can't, the C code of arduino provokes a pin to start in "1" instead of "0", Relay modules with more sh*t that needed. They end blaming the wrong part.
    And sometimes, they get involved in projects of pharaoh scale, totally convinced of being geniuses just for having assembled three or four gadgets… And incredibly some succeed… using twice the hardware needed.

  11. I came across this video a While back and it really inspired me… Waiting on a few more products to come in and gonna get configuring haha love your videos!

  12. Dave is totally right on this. Using things like Arduino and RPi is perfectly fine, but that is not really electronics. It is just putting together legos and using the little bricks. But if you want to do something anew, then you need the skills, you need to know physics laws and how to apply them in the field of electricity and electronics.
    And then, if everybody stops learning electronics and just uses the lego bricks, in a few years nobody will be capable of creating not even those bricks. And, then, advancements in the fields will not happen anymore, and the field will become dead a few more years after, when not only nobody will be able to build new things, but the existing things will start breaking up and nobody will be able to fix them.
    Unfortunately this is a big discussion. today it is so easy to do things in any field, because everybody builds things using already made building blocks. New generations say: why should I learn to do something if it is already available the solution?
    If this way of thinking does not change, in a century from now we will be back to the stone age.

  13. I agree with you dave
    take a card arduino copy a code for me it's not electronics.
    I am passionate and beginner in electronics. Would you like some tips to learn basic analog electronics?

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