All New Electronics Self-Teaching Guide

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2008-05-12
  • Publisher: Wiley
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For almost 30 years, this book has been a classic text for electronics enthusiasts. Now completely updated for todays technology with easy explanations and presented in a more user-friendly format, this third edition helps you learn the essentials you need to work with electronic circuits. All you need is a general understanding of electronics concepts such as Ohms law and current flow, and an acquaintance with first-year algebra. The question-and-answer format, illustrative experiments, and self-tests at the end of each chapter make it easy for you to learn at your own speed.

Author Biography

Earl Boysen is a veteran engineer who maintains two technology-focused Web sites, www.buildinggadgets.com and www.understandingnano.com. He is coauthor of Electronics For Dummies, Electronics Projects For Dummies, and Nanotechnology For Dummies, all published by Wiley. Visit his sites at: www.buildinggadgets.com and  www.understandingnano.com

The late Harry Kybett wrote the bestselling first and second editions of Electronics Self-Teaching Guide. He was director of engineering operations at Columbia Pictures Corporation. He built many studios and video systems for the broadcasting industry and created training programs for Sony Corporation of America.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
DC Review and Pre-Testp. 1
Current Flowp. 1
Ohm's Lawp. 4
Resistors in Seriesp. 6
Resistors in Parallelp. 7
Powerp. 8
Small Currentsp. 11
The Graph of Resistancep. 12
The Voltage Dividerp. 14
The Current Dividerp. 17
Switchesp. 20
Capacitors in a DC Circuitp. 22
Summaryp. 29
DC Pre-Testp. 30
The Diodep. 35
Understanding Diodesp. 36
The Diode Experimentp. 40
Diode Breakdownp. 55
The Zener Diodep. 58
Summaryp. 65
Self-Testp. 66
Answers to Self-Testp. 68
Introduction to the Transistorp. 71
Understanding Transistorsp. 72
The Transistor Experimentp. 87
The Junction Field Effect Transistorp. 97
Summaryp. 100
Self-Testp. 101
Answers to Self-Testp. 103
The Transistor Switchp. 107
Turning the Transistor onp. 108
Turning the Transistor offp. 114
Why Transistors are Used as Switchesp. 117
The Three-Transistor Switchp. 127
Alternative Base Switchingp. 131
Switching The Jfetp. 137
The Jfet Experimentp. 138
Summaryp. 142
Self-Testp. 142
Answers to Self-Testp. 145
AC Pre-Test and Reviewp. 147
The Generatorp. 148
Resistors in AC Circuitsp. 152
Capacitors in AC Circuitsp. 154
The Inductor in an AC Circuitp. 156
Resonancep. 158
Summaryp. 160
Self-Testp. 161
Answers to Self-Testp. 162
AC in Electronicsp. 165
Capacitors in AC Circuitsp. 165
Capacitors and Resistors in Seriesp. 167
The High Pass Filter Experimentp. 174
Phase Shift of an RC Circuitp. 180
Resistor and Capacitor in Parallelp. 186
Inductors in AC Circuitsp. 190
Phase Shift for an RL Circuitp. 197
Summaryp. 198
Self-Testp. 199
Answers to Self-Testp. 203
Resonant Circuitsp. 207
The Capacitor and Inductor in Seriesp. 208
The Output Curvep. 218
Introduction to Oscillatorsp. 233
Summaryp. 236
Self-Testp. 237
Answers to Self-Testp. 239
Transistor Amplifiersp. 241
Working with Transistor Amplifiersp. 242
The Transistor Amplifier Experimentp. 251
A Stable Amplifierp. 252
Biasingp. 256
The Emitter Followerp. 265
Analyzing an Amplifierp. 271
The JFET as an Amplifierp. 275
The Operational Amplifierp. 284
Summaryp. 288
Self-Testp. 288
Answers to Self-Testp. 290
Oscillatorsp. 293
Understanding Oscillatorsp. 293
Feedbackp. 304
The Colpitts Oscillatorp. 308
Optional Experimentp. 314
The Hartley Oscillatorp. 314
The Armstrong Oscillatorp. 316
Practical Oscillator Designp. 316
Simple Oscillator Design Procedurep. 318
Optional Experimentp. 320
Oscillator Troubleshooting Checklistp. 320
Summary and Applicationsp. 325
Self-Testp. 326
Answers to Self-Testp. 326
The Transformerp. 329
Transformer Basicsp. 329
Transformers in Communications Circuitsp. 338
Summary and Applicationsp. 343
Self-Testp. 343
Answers to Self-Testp. 345
Power Supply Circuitsp. 347
Diodes in AC Circuits Produce Pulsating DCp. 348
Level DC (Smoothing Pulsating DC)p. 358
Summaryp. 373
Self-Testp. 374
Answers to Self-Testp. 375
Conclusion and Final Self-Testp. 377
Conclusionp. 377
Final Self-Testp. 378
Answers to Final Self-Testp. 387
Glossaryp. 393
List of Symbols and Abbreviationsp. 397
Powers of Ten and Engineering Prefixesp. 401
Standard Composition Resistor Valuesp. 403
Supplemental Resourcesp. 405
Equation Referencep. 409
Schematic Symbols Used in This Bookp. 413
Indexp. 417
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