Electronics All-in-One for Dummies

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2017-02-06
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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A comprehensive collection of 8 books in 1 offering electronics guidance that can't be found anywhere else!

If you know a breadboard from a breadbox but want to take your hobby electronics skills to the next level, this is the only reference you need. Electronics All-in-One For Dummies has done the legwork for you — offering everything you need to enhance your experience as an electronics enthusiast in one convenient place.

Written by electronics guru and veteran For Dummies author Doug Lowe, this down-to-earth guide makes it easy to grasp such important topics as circuits, schematics, voltage, and safety concerns. Plus, it helps you have tons of fun getting your hands dirty working with the Raspberry Pi, creating special effects, making your own entertainment electronics, repairing existing electronics, learning to solder safely, and so much more.

  • Create your own schematics and breadboards
  • Become a circuit-building expert
  • Tackle analog, digital, and car electronics
  • Debunk and grasp confusing electronics concepts

If you're obsessed with all things electronics, look no further! This comprehensive guide is packed with all the electronics goodies you need to add that extra spark to your game!

Author Biography

Doug Lowe still has the electronics experimenter's kit his dad gave him when he was 10. Although he became a programmer and has written books on various programming languages, Microsoft Office, web programming, and PCs, Doug never forgot his first love: electronics.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Book 1: Getting Started in Electronics 7

Chapter 1: Welcome to Electronics 9

Chapter 2: Understanding Electricity 21

Chapter 3: Creating Your Mad-Scientist Lab 37

Chapter 4: Staying Safe 61

Chapter 5: Reading Schematic Diagrams 71

Chapter 6: Building Projects 85

Chapter 7: The Secrets of Successful Soldering 123

Chapter 8: Measuring Circuits with a Multimeter 135

Chapter 9: Catching Waves with an Oscilloscope 149

Book 2: Working with Basic Electronic Components 161

Chapter 1: Working with Basic Circuits 163

Chapter 2: Working with Resistors 203

Chapter 3: Working with Capacitors 233

Chapter 4: Working with Inductors 257

Chapter 5: Working with Diodes and LEDs 269

Chapter 6: Working with Transistors 295

Book 3: Working with Integrated Circuits 325

Chapter 1: Introducing Integrated Circuits 327

Chapter 2: The Fabulous 555 Timer Chip 339

Chapter 3: Working with Op-Amps 375

Book 4: Beyond Direct Current 395

Chapter 1: Getting into Alternating Current 397

Chapter 2: Building Power Supplies 421

Chapter 3: Understanding Radio 433

Chapter 4: Working with Infrared 459

Book 5: Doing Digital Electronics 475

Chapter 1: Understanding Digital Electronics 477

Chapter 2: Getting Logical 493

Chapter 3: Working with Logic Circuits 513

Chapter 4: Working with Flip-Flops 547

Chapter 5: Introducing Microcontrollers 573

Book 6: Working with Arduino Microprocessors 579

Chapter 1: Introducing Arduino 581

Chapter 2: Creating Arduino Sketches 593

Chapter 3: More Arduino Programming Tricks 623

Book 7: Working with BASIC Stamp Processors 655

Chapter 1: Introducing the BASIC Stamp 657

Chapter 2: Programming in PBASIC 675

Chapter 3: More PBASIC Programming Tricks 703

Chapter 4: Adding Sound and Motion to Your BASIC Stamp Projects 725

Book 8: Working with Raspberry Pi 747

Chapter 1: Introducing Raspberry Pi 749

Chapter 2: Programming in Python 773

Chapter 3: Reading Digital and Analog Input 805

Book 9: Special Effects 825

Chapter 1: Building a Color Organ 827

Chapter 2: Animating Holiday Lights 839

Chapter 3: Building an Animatronic Prop Controller 861

Index 893

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