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There is indeed a lot of difference.

An electronic circuit is the one which has all the "active devices" that can function in an analog (continuously variable) or digital (switched/binary) manner. i.e. it can have - transistors, diodes, SCR's and the like made from semiconductors. For example: a typical CPU chip (of about the size of your nail) could contain thousands of individual transistor circuits. Whereas, an electric circuit contains only "passive components" that include resistors, capacitors and inductors such as coils and transformers.

@varshine There is indeed a lot of difference. An electronic circuit is the one which has all the "active devices" that can function in an analog (continuously variable) or digital (switched/binary) manner. i.e. it can have - transistors, diodes, SCR's and the like made from semiconductors. For example: a typical CPU chip (of about the size of your nail) could contain thousands of individual transistor circuits. Whereas, an electric circuit contains only "passive components" that include resistors, capacitors and inductors such as coils and transformers.

Nicely explain by AKD. as per my knowledge an electronic circuit can also contain passive elements such as a resistors. the major difference between an electronic and an electrical circuit is the source voltage that is being used. When we talk about an electrical circuit, it can work for very high voltages(inn the range of few volts to thousands of volts). On the other hand an electronic circuit is the one that operates at very low voltages(from 0.5V to 15V). the other notable difference is that while we focus on current distributions in electrical circuits, the voltage distribution is something that is studied in an electronic circuits.. for this reason you would see that we do not focus much on the specifications of components in an electronic circuit but when it comes

to an electrical circuit the specifications(such value of capacitance, resistors) are of prime importance. that means the operation of an electronic circuits is not significantly affected if the values of capacitances etc. are varied provided these variations are not much large. This further implies that we more often than not deal with certain assumptions(such as response of an amplifier in different frequency range) while studying the concerned circuit. However, such assumptions are not possible during the study of an electrical circuit. Also as far as transformers are concerned, they are there in various micro-lab kits that we across during the study of digital electronics. This implies that a transformer can also be incorporated in an electronic circuit as well. The exact circuit design is application dependent hope this helps you.....

proffy, Jun 6, 2012 #4


electrical circuits handle transfer of energy, for example, An alternator delivers power and transfer to various device using series wire. electronic circuits handle transfer of information, for example a CPU chip

The difference between the electrical and electronics circuit is not so complicated. The major difference is that in case of electrical circuits the power transmission happens in materials like copper (A conductor), but in case of Electronic circuits the Transmission happens through Silicon or germanium chips (A semi-Conductor).

the main difference between electronics and electrical is that electronics deals with the motion of electrons in any conductor or semiconductor, whereas electrical deals with transfer of electricity

both electrical as well as electronic circuits may contain components like resisitor, inductor , capacitor, diodes, transistors etc. electrical circuits mostly deal with components that are necessary in producing or transferring electricity like generators, dynamos etc or their applications like electric iron, electric pumps etc electronic circuit are mostly used in controlling, communication, measurement and robotics