How to Prototype Page 1
When experimenting with electronics, it is usually best to practice in what is called a Solderless Breadboard. There are many on the market. You can find them at Radio Shack, as well as many Internet sites. One of our favorite solderless breadboards comes from Electronix Express. The last time we checked it was available here. They are made by RSR and cost about $15.
Here is what they look like.
I know that the picture isn't very sharp, so here's a picture of a different one zoomed in so you can see it better.
The letters a, b, c, d along the left and right are simply for your own use. They have no real meaning. The same is true for the numbers 1, 5, 10 along the top and bottom.
The blue line labeled - is supposed to be connected to GND or the negative terminal of your battery. The red line labeled + is supposed to be connected to the positive terminal of your battery. Note that the top blue line and bottom blue line are not connected. Neither are the top and bottom red lines. Most people will jumper red to red and blue to blue with a short piece of wire.