If you are interested in electronics and enjoy building circuits, I would recommend working with a breadboard. A breadboard is a great instrument that can be used to learn electronics. Some electronic kits at RadioShack may include breadboards with the kits and allow you to run through different experiments. An electronic breadboard is displayed in figure A.
Figure A: Breadboard
As you can see, a breadboard has a lot holes where wires will be inserted. A breadboard can be very convenient when it comes to creating an electrical circuit because wires are very adjustable. In opposition to a PCB (Printed Circuit Board: described in previous blog), a breadboard allows people to make circuits without going through a long process of soldering components on a circuit board. Figure B may give a better view of what a breadboard would look like when be used.
Figure B: Breadboard in use
There are lot of things going on in figure B, but the picture displays how a breadboard uses adjustable wires to connect a circuit together. I think most technology today will use PCB’s to do useful applications, but a breadboard is a very useful way to connect a circuit together. The breadboard can be used to do useful functions as well, but PCB’s are more sturdy. The breadboard would have electrical components attached to the board in such a way to perform some sort of function. The electrical components attached to a breadboard are represented in Figure C.
Figure C: Electrical Components
These electrical components have metal points sticking of each components and the metal points are put into the breadboard. The basic components used in basic electrical experiments are resistors, capacitors, and diodes. These electrical components are described in the previous blog.
After a basic circuit is set up, the circuit will be able to do something unique and there is an unlimited amount of creativity involved with a breadboard. The breadboard is an blank sheet of paper that is waiting to be drawn on. Do not mix up this breadboard with the picture displayed in Figure D.
Figure D: Not a breadboard