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Basics of Semiconductors
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Basics of Semiconductors

Somewhere in between materials that conduct electricity and those that block it are materials called "semiconductors." The discovery of these materials are the foundation of modern technology, everything from radios to the latest smart phone.

Begin your exploration with a look at what semiconductors are and how they're used.

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Electronics Basics: What Is a Semiconductor?

Electronics Basics: What Is a Semiconductor?

Semiconductors? Maybe you know they have something to do with computers and other electronics, but you're not sure exactly what. Check out this article. More...

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Introduction to Semiconductors: Quiz

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Do you think you've mastered the idea of semiconductors? Test your knowledge with this challenging quiz! More...

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While semiconductors are a key part of modern technology, their history dates all the way back to 1833. Check out this timeline from the Computer History Museum to see how our knowledge grew. More...

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What on Earth would semiconductor scientists need worms for? Turns out the worms can be made into incubators for a special type of semiconductor. Weird but true. More...

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Daryl Batoosingh is a scientist who works on the cutting edge of semiconductor fabrication. Read more about his work here. More...

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Explore the relationship between thermal and electrical properties of matter in this hands-on activity. More...

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Semiconductors

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You're probably surrounded by objects that use semiconductors. But what exactly is a semiconductor? This site offers a good explanation of what it is and how it works. More...

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