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Basic Electronics - What are the Basics?

Introduction
This is a guideline to help you focus on the Core of an Electronics Curriculum. This outline does not completely cover the subject of electronics and should be modified to fit the needs and resources of your particular program. This is a list of bare essentials you should cover if you wish to offer an “Electronics Program” at your site.

Electronics 101
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we will look at the whole program.  Next we will look at a sample “module”.  We will present some suggestions for text and materials you might like.  We will give you a hands on lesson.  Please ask questions, we might have some answers.

Core Standards Safety Students will understand requirements of personal and equipment safety in the working environment. .Electronics .

Electronics . . Helping to develop safety policies based on classroom events and observations. Passing a written safety test.Core Standards Safety Students will understand requirements of personal and equipment safety in the working environment. d. c. Completing tasks while maintaining a safe environment. b. They will demonstrate content proficiency by: a. Creating a safety checklist.

.Electronics .Core Standards History of Electricity and Electronics The student will understand the historical developments in electricity and electronics.

Explaining the major events of historical developments as they relate to current technology. They will demonstrate content proficiency by: a. Creating a time line that depicts developments in technology. .Core Standards History of Electricity and Electronics The student will understand the historical developments in electricity and electronics.Electronics . b.

Core Standards Units of Measure Students will understand the use of electronic test equipment and units of measure.Electronics . .

Selecting and applying appropriate equipment or tools.Electronics . . Analyzing and applying observed measurements. They will demonstrate content proficiency by: a. c. b.Core Standards Units of Measure Students will understand the use of electronic test equipment and units of measure. Utilizing engineering notation in unit conversion.

Core Standards Mathematics for Electronics Students will understand the mathematical processes and applications that lead to solutions of electronic problems.Electronics . P = Power (watts or volt-amps) I = Intensity (current in amps) E = Electromotive Force (Voltage) R = Resistance (Ohms) .

Calculating fundamental (AC) parameters. Solving (DC) circuit analysis problems using Ohm's Law. Deriving algebraic equations to determine unknown values in circuits. b. They will demonstrate content proficiency by: a. f. c. Solving multi-step problems including word . Utilizing a scientific calculator for problem solving. g. Manipulating scientific and engineering notation in problem solutions.Electronics . e.Core Standards Mathematics for Electronics Students will understand the mathematical processes and applications that lead to solutions of electronic problems.

.Core Standards Science of Electricity and Electronics Students will understand fundamental scientific principles involved in electricity and electronics.Electronics .

chemical. They will demonstrate content proficiency by: a. electricity. Explaining electron and hole flow as it occurs in semiconductor materials. b.Core Standards Science of Electricity and Electronics Students will understand fundamental scientific principles involved in electricity and electronics.Electronics . Describing the relationships between atomic structure. Converting electricity from friction. pressure. and the periodic table of elements. d. mechanical. and thermal sources. e. . Showing the properties of conduction and insulation. f. Defining the Laws of Charges and Magnetism. Clarifying the differences between conventional theory and electron theory. solar. c.

.Core Standards Electronic Components Students will discern characteristics of commonly used electronic components.Electronics .

d. Identifying symbols and component characteristics. e.Core Standards Electronic Components Students will discern characteristics of commonly used electronic components.Electronics . b. Drawing schematic diagrams. Using diagrams to interpret circuit characteristics. They will demonstrate content proficiency by: a. Determining resistor's values by identifying color codes c. Utilizing cross-reference resources. .

.Electronics . current.Core Standards Direct-Current (DC) Circuits The students will understand relationships between voltage. resistance and power as pertaining to direct-current circuits.

current. resistance and power as pertaining to direct-current circuits. They will demonstrate content proficiency by: a. Constructing and measuring sample DC circuits. c.Electronics . . Analyzing data gathered from simple and complex DC circuits.Core Standards Direct-Current (DC) Circuits The students will understand relationships between voltage. Comparing predicted outcomes to measured outcomes with lab activities. b. d. Calculating solutions to Ohm's Law problems.

.Core Standards Alternating-Current (AC) Circuits The students will understand the theory of alternating current.Electronics .

They will demonstrate content proficiency by: a. Comparing an oscilloscope measurement of a sine wave to measurements made by other instruments.Core Standards Alternating-Current (AC) Circuits The students will understand the theory of alternating current. b. .Electronics . Defining the terms and measurements associated with an AC sine wave. c. Using an oscilloscope to observe a sine wave to calculate pertinent values.

Core Standards Introduction to Digital Electronics The students will understand fundamental concepts of digital electronics. .Electronics .

Electronics .Core Standards Introduction to Digital Electronics The students will understand fundamental concepts of digital electronics. Constructing logic circuits using discrete components to emulate the seven basic gates. Deriving the truth tables of the seven basic logic gates. . Drawing and labeling the seven basic logic gates b. They will demonstrate content proficiency by: a. c.

.Core Standards Electronic Assembly The students will understand the procedures and processes related to electronic assembly.Electronics .

Identifying tools commonly used in the electronic assembly. They will demonstrate content proficiency by: a. .Electronics . b. c. Constructing an electronic device following a schematic diagram as a sole reference. d.Core Standards Electronic Assembly The students will understand the procedures and processes related to electronic assembly. Demonstrating the ability to use soldering techniques. Using tools for their intended applications.

Electronics . .Core Standards Employability Skills The students will understand how the development of personal skills affects their employability.

self-confidence. d. Applying the principles of effective communication to convey and obtain information. self-discipline.Electronics . Exhibiting critical and creative logical reasoning and problem solving skills. honesty. c. Researching and identifying career paths and strategies for obtaining employment. b. . Exhibiting positive attitudes. and personal hygiene.Core Standards Employability Skills The students will understand how the development of personal skills affects their employability. They will demonstrate content proficiency by: a. perseverance.

Beyond the Core Motors and Generators .Instrumentation Industrial Electronics .Optoelectronics Go to www.Active Devices Digital Electronics .Electronics .ccei.org select “Core Standards” and scroll down to “Beyond the Core” for more details .Residential Wiring Computer Systems .Automation Home and Consumer (Product Servicing) Microelectronics .

Suggested Books and Materials  Electricity and Electronics Richard M. Dugger Jr. Roberts Howard H.  TOPS Learning Systems • Books # 19 and 32 on Electricity • Books # 20 and 33 on Magnetism • These books come with permission to copy for classroom use! . Gerrish William E.

Suggested Books and Materials •TL100 TRONIX 1 Basic Electronics Lab  Comes with the workbook and the parts for 35 progressively more difficult circuits. Our thanks to Gibson Tech Ed.  . For supplying today’s hands on projects.

Intro to Electronics .Section 1   Electricity and Electronics . Experiments 1-9 • The basics about major components and making them work.Chapters 1 & 3 TOPS Worksheets on Magnetism and Electricity Learning Resistor Color Code • Resistor Challenge   Tronix Kits Lessons 1-4.  Time Needed to complete 2 to 3 weeks .

Section 1  Safety • Meet your Districts requirements • Pass test with 90% before you can solder  Soldering • GTE Video is a good basic intro • This can be a course in itself • Practice makes perfect • Multivibrator Kit  Time Needed to complete 2 to 3 weeks .Intro to Electronics .

Section 1   Electricity and Electronics .Chapter 2 How meters work • Building your own simple meters How to use a Multimeter • Measuring Voltage. Experiment 10 • Intro to circuit analysis Time Needed to complete 2 to 3 weeks  .Intro to Electronics . and Resistance • Measuring Current (or how to blow up your meter)   Tronix Kits Lessons 5-8.

Experiments 11-12 • Be ready for moans and groans but this is the most important concept you will teach. Soldering soothes the soul.Watts Law .Chapters 4 & 5 • Ohms Law . Time Needed to complete 2 to 3 weeks .Kirchhoffs Law It’s not math. it’s more of a balancing act… Ok it is math.Intro to Electronics . deal with it! Tronix Kits Lessons 9-11.     Build something.Section 1  Electricity and Electronics .

Section 1  Electricity and Electronics . more moaning   Electronic Workbench Tronix Kits Experiments 13 .Chapters 6.7 & 8 • Power and Energy • Parallel and Series • More math.Intro to Electronics .20 • Fun projects to build make up for the pencil work  Time Needed to complete 2 to 3 weeks • This is another area that may take extra time .

Intro to Electronics .Section 1   Electricity and Electronics .Chapters 9 & 10 TOPS Worksheets review Magnetism and simple motors Build the Reed Switch Motor Tronix Kits Experiments 21 . make them use the schematics • Add one day for each Tronix Experiment    Time Needed to complete 2 weeks + Tronix .? • Take away the pictures.

figure 20% loss They will still have their projects when you happen to see them in 10 years Change things to make it fun for you! Speed will change with each class    .Hints and Tips  Materials Fee • Let them keep the kits. you keep the books • It’s a lot of work to assemble your own kits • Have extra parts on hand .

 Concentrate on an area you love. and they will learn to love it too. but what you save in cost you will spend 5 fold in extra work.  If you don’t know find out together  Join CCEI The California Council of Electronics Instructors .Hints and Tips You can build a lot of projects from recycled electronics.