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Electronics Foundations: Semiconductor Devices

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Discover how to build electronic circuits using three common types of semiconductor components: diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers.


  • Understanding semiconductor devices
  • What you should know
  • Use the exercise files
  • Safety warnings
1. Diodes
  • Semiconductor materials
  • What is a diode?
  • Diode characteristics
2. Diode Applications
  • Rectify a signal
  • Detect the signal peak
  • Protect against large signals
  • Protect against reverse current
  • Protect against flyback voltage
  • Challenge: Circuit protection
  • Solution: Circuit protection
3. Special Purpose Diodes
  • Light emitting diodes
  • Photodiodes
  • Zener diodes
4. Bipolar Junction Transistors
  • What is a transistor?
  • NPN bipolar junction transistors
  • PNP bipolar junction transistors
  • BJT characteristics
5. Transistor Applications
  • Use a BJT as a switch
  • Use a BJT as an amplifier
  • Challenge: Motor control
  • Solution: Motor control
6. Field-Effect Transistors
  • Field-effect transistors
  • Use a MOSFET as a switch
  • BJT vs. MOSFET
7. Operational Amplifiers
  • What is an operational amplifier?
  • Feedback circuits
  • Operational amplifier characteristics
8. Op-Amp Applications
  • Compare signals
  • Buffer signals
  • Supply dual voltages
  • Amplify signals
  • Filter signals
  • Combine signals
  • Challenge: Audio equalizer
  • Solution: Audio equalizer
  • Continue your journey with electronics

Taught by

Barron Stone


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