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THE BOOK THAT MAKES ELECTRONICS MAKE SENSE This intuitive, applications-driven guide to electronics for hobbyists, engineers, and students doesn't overload readers with technical detail. Instead, it tells you-and shows you-what basic and advanced electronics parts and components do, and how they work. Chock-full of illustrations, Practical Electronics for Inventors offers over 750 hand-drawn images that provide clear, detailed instructions that can help turn theoretical ideas into real-life inventions and gadgets. CRYSTAL CLEAR AND COMPREHENSIVE Covering the entire field of electronics, from basics through analog and digital, AC and DC, integrated circuits (ICs), semiconductors, stepper motors and servos, LCD displays, and various input/output devices, this guide even includes a full chapter on the latest microcontrollers. A favorite memory-jogger for working electronics engineers, Practical Electronics for Inventors is also the ideal manual for those just getting started in circuit design. If you want to succeed in turning your ideas into workable electronic gadgets and inventions, is THE book. Starting with a light review of electronics history, physics, and math, the book provides an easy-to-understand overview of all major electronic elements, including: Basic passive components o Resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers o Discrete passive circuits o Current-limiting networks, voltage dividers, filter circuits, attenuators o Discrete active devices o Diodes, transistors, thrysistors o Microcontrollers o Rectifiers, amplifiers, modulators, mixers, voltage regulators ENTHUSIASTIC READERS HELPED US MAKE THIS BOOK EVEN BETTER This revised, improved, and completely updated second edition reflects suggestions offered by the loyal hobbyists and inventors who made the first edition a bestseller. Reader-suggested improvements in this guide include: Thoroughly expanded and improved theory chapter New sections covering test equipment, optoelectronics, microcontroller circuits, and more New and revised drawings Answered problems throughout the book Practical Electronics for Inventors takes you through reading schematics, building and testing prototypes, purchasing electronic components, and safe work practices. You'll find all thisin a guide that's destined to get your creative-and inventive-juices flowing.
Paul Scherz (Santa Barbara, CA) is a physicist/mechanical engineer who received his B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin. His area of interest in physics currently focuses on elementary particle interactions, or high-energy physics, and he is working on a new theory on the photon problems. Paul is an inventor/hobbyist in electrics, an area he grew to appreciate through his experience at the University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics and the Department of Plasma Physics.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction to Electronics
Chapter 2: Theory
Chapter 3: Basic Electronic Circuit Components
Chapter 4: Semiconductors
Chapter 5: Optoelectronics
Chapter 6: Integrated Circuits
Chapter 7: Operational Amplifiers
Chapter 8: Filters
Chapter 9: Oscillators and Timers
Chapter 10: Voltage Regulators and Power Supplies
Chapter 11: Audio Electronics
Chapter 12: Digital Electronics
Chapter 13: DC Motors, RC Servos, and Stepper Motors
Chapter 14: Hands-on Electronics
Appendix A: Power Distribution and Home Wiring
Appendix B: Electronic Symbols
Appendix C: Useful Facts and Formulas
Appendix D: Finding Components
Appendix E: A Note on Injection Molding and Patents
Appendix F: History of Electronics Timeline
Appendix G: Component Data, List of Logic ICs, Foreign Semiconductor Codes