Digital Electronics Course Description:
This course is an introduction to digital electronics that includes a DVD with 12 video lessons and a hands-on digital electronics learning lab. Learn at home on your on time with over 2 hours of video instruction and experiments.
Digital electronics is still considered fairly new and understanding how they work is a must. Any Electronics Technician interested in a career in testing and repairing electronic equipment must study and have a firm understanding of digital electronics.
A hands-on approach is taken in this course through a combination of lecture and experimentation to teach you about the different basic ideas (number systems, boolean algebra and logic gates) used in digital electronics.
So if you're curious about digital electronics, this is the course for you with everyday explanations and fun experiments!
Digital Lesson 01: Introduction to Digital Electronics
This first digital electronics lesson explains what this course is about and what expectations you should have from taking this course.
Digital Lesson 02: Number Systems
The first step in the digital world is getting to know number systems. Specifically, in this lesson we will look more closely at the binary and decimal number systems. Understanding binary and how it works is crucial to understanding digital logic because everything in the digital world is either a 0 or 1, or if you prefer, true or false.
Digital Lesson 03: Logic Gates
The fundamental representation of digital hardware comes in a symbol form, called logic gates. These gates perform boolean algebra in a visual way that leads to what are called logic diagrams. In this lesson, we’ll learn the basic logic gates of digital electronics and experiment with them to make sure they do what they should.
Digital Lesson 04: The Karnaugh Map
Moving beyond number systems and logic gates, we have boolean equations and karnaugh maps. In this lesson we will learn two methods for simplifying logic circuits using boolean equations and kmaps and then we will implement the circuits to verify our math. This lesson is a tough one, so get your brain ready to be jammed full with information.
Digital Lesson 05: Design an SR Latch
The next step into the digital world is to create stable logic elements. The first such element is called a latch and it can be built using simple logic gates. In this lesson we will explore how to build a latch using NOR logic gates and NAND logic gates. In addition, we will take a look at what timing diagrams are and how to use them.
Digital Lesson 06: Flip-Flops
To take another gigantic step into the world of digital electronics, we need to learn about flip-flops. In this lesson we take a look at two types of the flip-flops, the JK and D flip-flops. To learn what they are and how they work, we will put them in some experimental circuits and see how they react. Additionally, we will start to learn about clock signals.
Digital Lesson 07: Clocks and Oscillators
The heart and soul of any digital system is the main clock signal. It drives every single flip-flop that is inside of the system and therefore it is the most important signal. In this lesson we will learn how to use a 555 timer as a clock signal generator and we will also look at using crystal oscillators to generate clock signals.
Digital Lesson 08: Design a 4-Bit Counter
With all the basics covered, we can start to combine digital logic elements together and make useful devices. In this lesson we will take some flip-flops and other logic elements to build a 4-bit shift register. Some LEDs will be used to show you exactly how the shift register works.
Digital Lesson 09: Design a 4-Bit Shift Register
A great strength of digital circuitry is that the clock can act as a timer or counter with appropriate flip-flop circuitry in place. In this lesson, using some LEDs, we will learn how to build a 4-bit binary counter that uses the clock input to tell our circuit to increment a counter with every clock period.
Digital Lesson 10: Design an LED Chaser
Electronics is not all about theory all the time, some moments do come when you get to have some fun. In this lesson we are going to celebrate our wealth of knowledge and just go design something fun. An LED chaser is loosely defined as a system where LEDs follow one another in a certain pattern, so start go start designing!
Digital Lesson 11: 7400 Series Logic Devices
After you have mastered the digital fundamentals you are ready to grow and move to the more complex areas that exist. This bonus lesson dives into the more advanced 7400 logic IC’s available to us as designers and looks specifically at 3 interesting IC’s. The experiment for this lesson is to build a knight rider LED circuit.
Digital Lesson 12: 4000 Series Logic Devices
After you have mastered the digital fundamentals you are ready to grow and move to the more complex areas that exist. This bonus lesson dives into the more advanced 4000 logic IC’s available to us as designers and looks specifically at 3 interesting IC’s. The experiment for this lesson is to build a 4-bit single IC counter.
Digital Electronics Course Lab:
This course includes a parts kit that includes everything you need to complete all the hands-on digital electronics course experiments. (You'll need a 9V battery for some experiments.)
A combination of passive components, active components, 74HC logic IC's, 4000 series logic IC's, a breadboard and a breadboard jumper wire kit will enable you to build many cool circuits.
Learning Lab Contents:
-  100Ω Resistors
-  10kΩ Resistors
-  10uF Capacitors
-  100uF Capacitors
-  Red LEDs (5mm)
-  74HC08
- 830 Point Breadboard
- 555 Timer
- Crystal Oscillator (20 MHz)
-  Push Buttons
- 7805 +5v Regulator
- 9v Battery Connector
- Jumper Wire Kit
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