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  1. #1 A newbie to everything 
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    hello there !
    as the subject suggests, I'm not a newcomer to electrical/electronics nor to physics. I'm actually a newcomer to natural sciences.
    I'm studying political science and public administration so I don't have a single clue about physics or electronics or whatsoever.
    I've always been curious about physics and electrical/electronics. Although its pretty clear that this is a really wide-ranged branch and I don't even have a clue about anything said in other threads, I'm eager to start learning about this area.
    The point that I need help is where to start. As I've mentioned, I have to start with basics and maybe even basics of basics It might be difficult to advice some books or subjects for a guy who doesn't know what he wants to know himself, but any help will be appreciated. Maybe it can be thought of as a tree ? I mean, maybe if I find some points to start with, then I can decide in which way to go further ?


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    It would help if you could give us some idea of your previous math/science education and perhaps narrow down your fields of interest a little bit. Maybe give us an idea of your objectives. You can't learn everything at once.


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    hi again, thanks for the reply !
    mm as for my objective I can say that I'm not really interested in practical ends such as being able to repair electronic stuff or something I just want to learn how things work but still its not sufficient to decide on a specific field I guess.
    Actually my curiosity started with electronic chips (hope thats the term for it). For example I've always wondered how some "concrete" chipsets in a computer create "visual" results, the things we see on a computer screen.
    Besides this, electricity is still something I can't understand .
    I want to know about how electronics work such as chipsets, how radios work maybe, and maybe something about magnetics.
    I know that this sounds like as if I'm asking about which vegetables to buy from a grocery
    As I don't know about this field I can only think of it in terms of steps. Like, maybe I should start with the basic principles of electricity or something ? I don't really know. This is actually another question that I wanted to ask here. I need a starting point to decide on which way to go further. It would sound funny to ask for help in order to learn a lot of specific and maybe independent areas of electricity at once.

    As for science education I had lessons of physics and chemistry in high school, and they were only aimed at basics. Like some courses covered the structure of an atom, while some others aimed at boiling points etc. I'm from Turkey so I don't really know what high schools teach in usa or uk as science but to put it in a nutshell it can be said that I had lessons of basics, however its been some time now and I've already forgotten a lot.
    math had been my best course in high school and in the early years of university. I'm not sure if this can explain a level but I've seen subjects up to integrals, derivatives, some analytical geometry as well as geometry.

    I hope this information has been helpful for you to understand my level and interest although I don't think I've explained it successfully
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorlin
    Like, maybe I should start with the basic principles of electricity or something ?
    I think this would be as good a place to start as anything. I can't imagine you will learn anything useful about the things you are interested in without some basic understanding of electrical principles.

    Are there any classes you could take in your area? That would probably be best. You could learn by self study from a textbook or online tutorials, like this: http://www.circuit-magic.com/laws.htm
    Wikipedia is also good.
    But I think classroom study would be better.
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    Hi.....All. Well...Here also a newbie to the whole forum. I joined b.tech in E.E.E just one week back and found in google that this forum would be good for knowledge collection and simply joined here. Hope I would enjoy my stay here..
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