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Electronic Components - Chapter Summary
Lessons in this chapter provide a comprehensive overview of electronic components. Benefit from the expertise of top instructors who provide in-depth analyses of carbon resistors, NPN and PNP transistors, logic gates and much more! Once you've finished this chapter, you will be able to:
- List characteristics of carbon resistors
- Define the potentiometer and semiconductor
- Identify and describe types of diodes
- Discuss the uses of NPN and PNP transistors
- Explain the structure and uses of the electrochemical cell
- Share what the integrated circuit is
- Describe types of logic gates
- Detail how array detectors and photomultiplier tubes work
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1. Characteristics of Carbon Resistors
In this lesson, you will learn about the electrical circuit component known as a resistor, the uses of resistors, and the advantages and disadvantages of carbon composition and carbon film resistors.
2. What is a Potentiometer? - Definition & Types
This lesson defines a potentiometer and a method to calculate the voltage output of a potentiometer. Two main types of potentiometers are discussed, linear and rotary, with some details on their construction.
3. What Is a Semiconductor? - Devices, Properties & Fundamentals
Microchips used in computer systems use a very thin sheet of silicon dioxide with microscopic electronic circuitry. Silicon is a semiconductor material, which means the material can be altered to either conduct an electrical current or not.
4. What is a Diode? - Definition & Types
In this lesson, we explore the fundamental operation of a diode. We also look are some the various types of diodes, such as the zener diode, the Schottky diode, the light emitting diode, and the laser diode.
5. What is an Electrochemical Cell? - Structure & Uses
Electrochemical cells are devices with many useful applications that employ the principles of electrochemistry to generate an electric potential between electrodes. In this lesson, we'll learn how they're put together and how we use them.
6. What is an Integrated Circuit (IC)?
In this lesson, we will learn about integrated circuits (ICs) and explore their origin, types, and benefits. We will also look at different ways that they are packaged.
7. How Photomultiplier Tubes & Array Detectors Work
In this lesson, we will learn about two ways to improve detection in spectroscopy. We will learn how photomultiplier tubes and how photodiode arrays help us maximize our signals and improve output. A short quiz will test our knowledge.
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