Welcome to Module 6 where we will tackle analog circuits like rectifiers, amplifiers, and filters. These circuits are incredible useful and allow us to learn more about circuit components like resistors, diodes, capacitors, and transistors.
The world of electronics is divided into analog and digital circuits. Analog circuits use voltages that can vary along a spectrum, say, from 0 to 60 volts. Digital circuits, on the other hand, use a specific value ‘step function’ for voltage; perhaps switching between a ‘high’ and a ‘low’ state to represent a binary ‘0’ and ‘1’ signal that can be easily interpreted by computers.
Most electronic systems use both analog and digital circuits. An analog circuit is used to convert an AC power source into a DC signal, which is then used by digital circuits to perform computational functions.
As we learn about analog circuits, we’ll start to learn about circuit design; how components are used to do really practical and useful things inside circuits.
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