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In the case of circuits, we generally mention two types of circuits one is the electric circuit and another one is the electronic circuit. What is the basic difference?

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  • $\begingroup$ Would Electrical Engineering be a better home for this question? $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic
    Aug 16, 2017 at 14:14
  • $\begingroup$ In my experience, when we say "electric ..." we are talking about something that uses electric power, and when we say "electronic ..." we are talking about something that generates, processes, or uses electronic signals. I.e., any use of electricity to transmit or process any kind of information. $\endgroup$ Aug 16, 2017 at 15:06
  • $\begingroup$ No @james large that is incorrect. The best answer so far is given by JF'r A Mhrzz $\endgroup$
    – magma
    Aug 27, 2017 at 13:04
  • $\begingroup$ Not technically incorrect, unless you know more about my experience than I know. But words change meaning from time to time, from place to place, and from vocation to vocation. The books on my shelf are thirty to fifty years old, I am not a physicist by vocation, and my home is a long way from Catalonia. $\endgroup$ Aug 27, 2017 at 20:56

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The main difference, at least in my native language (Catalan), is that electronics (electrònics) includes just the electrical (elèctric) components that are static and that are able to control the electrons flow.

The main aim of an electronic system is to process the information or the energy associated to the electronic signs.

Source: INTRODUCCIÓ ALS SISTEMES ELECTRÒNICS, Emili Lupon

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simply saying electric circuits basically contains resistors, capacitors inductors..generally the passive elements, on the other hand electronic circuits contains the active devices which could show analog or digital behavior like transistors for example.

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