In **digital electronics**, logic gates have significant roles to construct logic circuits in computer. Logical gates are the basic building block of digital electronics. Most of the digital devices contain **integrated circuits (ICs)** in it which are made of the logical gates. In this article, we are going to discuss all the basic logic gates with truth tables, circuit diagrams, Boolean expressions, operations and uses. This will be helpful for the students of Physics, Electronics and Computer Science.

There are **seven logic gates** in Computer out of which three are basic logic gates. These **basic logic gates are OR gate, AND gate and NOT gate**. Here, we are going to discuss these three gates only. **NAND gate**, **NOR gate**, **XOR gate** and **XNOR gate** are discussed in other articles. Links are at the below of this post.

**Contents in this article:**

*What are Logic gates?**How the Logic gates work?**Basic Logic Gates with truth table**OR gate with truth table**AND gate with truth table**NOT gate with truth table**Uses of Logic gates*

**What are Logic Gates?**

**Computer Logic gates** are the physical electronic devices which can perform logical operations with one or more binary inputs and give a single binary digit at the output. The operation is basically switching operations. All the logic gates are made of **resistor** and **diodes** or **transistors**. Here we are dealing with classical logic gates. These logic gates obey **Boolean algebra**. There are some quantum logic gates which are very much different from these. Here these are not the parts of our discussion.

**How the logic gates work?**

Logic gates performs classical switching operations. If a logic gate have more than one inputs, it allows to pass the desired binary bit at the output of the logic gate. Even a logic gate can give the **complement** of input at the output. Sometimes it gives the **complement** of the sum or multiplication of the inputs at its output. The construction elements (Diode or Transistor) of logic gates is designed to be operated as switches. Check the **Diode as a switch** and **Transistor as a switch.**

**Basic Logic gates with Truth Tables** **and diagrams**

OR gate, AND gate, NOT gate are the three basic classical logic gates. Here, I am going to discuss the Boolean equation, logical diagram and operation of each of these logic gates. There are some other logic gates like – **NAND gate**, **NOR gate**, **XOR gate**, **XNOR gate**. But these gates are not the basic logic gates. These gates are discussed in other articles separately.

**OR gate with Truth Table**

OR gate is a classical logical gate which give the output as the Boolean sum of the inputs of the gate. An OR gate can have infinite number of inputs and gives only one output. If A, B, C, D,….. be the inputs of the OR gate then the output of the OR gate will be

**Y = A+B+C+D+**…….. This is the Boolean expression defining the relation between the inputs and the output of the OR gate.

**Circuit symbol for Two input OR gate**

Here is the circuit symbol of OR gate with two inputs A and B.

**Truth Table for two Input OR gate**

Here is the OR gate truth table with two inputs **A** and **B**. The output is taken at **Y.**

Input (A) | Input (B) | Output, Y= A+B |

0 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 1 | 1 |

1 | 0 | 1 |

1 | 1 | 1 |

**Truth Table for Two input OR gate**

**Circuit diagram for three input OR gate**

This is the circuit symbol of OR gate with three inputs A, B and C.

**Truth Table for three Input OR gate**

Here is the truth table of OR gate with 3 inputs A, B and C.

Input (A) | Input (B) | Input (C) | Output, Y= A+B+C |

0 | 0 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 0 | 1 | 1 |

0 | 1 | 0 | 1 |

0 | 1 | 1 | 1 |

1 | 0 | 0 | 1 |

1 | 1 | 0 | 1 |

1 | 0 | 1 | 1 |

1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |

**Truth Table of Three input OR gate**

**AND gate with Truth Table**

AND logic gate is a classical logic gate which gives the output equal to the Boolean multiplication of the inputs. It also can have infinite number of binary inputs. If A, B, C, D,… be the inputs of AND gate then the Boolean expression for the output will be as following –

**Y = ABCD….**

The logical diagram and Truth table for two-input and three-input AND gate are as below –

**Circuit diagram for two Input AND logic gate**

Here is the circuit symbol of AND gate with two inputs A and B.

**Truth Table for two Input AND gate**

Here is the truth table of AND gate with 2 inputs A and B.

Input (A) | Input (B) | Output, Y=AB |

0 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 1 | 0 |

1 | 0 | 0 |

1 | 1 | 1 |

**Truth Table of two input AND gate**

**Circuit Diagram for Three Input AND gate**

This is the circuit symbol of AND gate with three inputs A, B and C.

**Truth Table for three input AND gate**

Here is the truth table of AND gate with 3 inputs A, B and C.

Input (A) | Input (B) | Input (C) | Output, Y=ABC |

0 | 0 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 0 | 1 | 0 |

0 | 1 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 1 | 1 | 0 |

1 | 0 | 0 | 0 |

1 | 0 | 1 | 0 |

1 | 1 | 0 | 0 |

1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |

**Truth Table for three input AND gate**

**NOT logic gate with Truth Table**

NOT gate is the classical logic gate which gives the output as the complement of its input. A NOT gate can have only one binary input and it gives the output as the inverter of the input. If we consider that the input of NOT gate is A, then the Boolean expression for the output will be \small \textbf{Y=} \overline{\textbf{A}}.

The logic diagram and Truth Table of NOT gate are given at below.

**Circuit Symbol for NOT gate**

NOT gate has a very simple circuit symbol as shown below. There can be only one input and only one output. The input is **A** and the output is **Y**.

**Truth Table for NOT gate**

Input (A) | Output \small \textbf{Y=} \overline{\textbf{A}} |

0 | 1 |

1 | 0 |

**Truth Table of NOT gate**

**Use of Logic gates**

- Logic gates have wide applications in logical binary operations.
- Logic gates can store data. Therefore logic circuits like
**Flipflops**,**Resisters**,**counters**are used as memory in computers and PCs. - Switching operation of Logic gates is very much popular. Logic gates used as switches in digital circuits.
- Logic gates are the main constitutions of
**integrated circuits (ICs)**.

These are three **basic logic gates with truth tables and their circuit diagrams**. If you have any doubt on this topic feel free to ask me in the comment section.

Thank you!

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