An Analog Electronics Companion: Basic Circuit Design for Engineers and Scientists and Introduction to SPICE Simulation

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Engineers and scientists frequently have to get involved in electronic circuit design even though it may not be their specialty. Writing for the inexperienced designer, Hamilton begins by reviewing the basic mathematics and physics needed to understand circuit design. He then goes on to discuss individual components (resistors, capacitors etc.) and commonly encountered circuit elements such as differentiators, oscillators, filters and couplers. A major bonus is the inclusion of a CD with the student edition of the PSpice simulation software, together with models of most of the circuits covered.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Worth It!"
Bill Schweber, EDN

"...subjects are treated in a concise, clear and self-contained fashion, always helped by a broad exhaustive bibliography, and cover all the necessary aspects for electronic design..."
Measurement Science and Technology,

"...readers can partake of a plethora of well-crafted instruction, seasoned with just the right amount of levity. I enthusiastically endorse the book, particularly to those who have never benefited from the simulation experience."
Physics Today

"Particularly useful for the student is the inclusion of a CD-ROM containing PSpice circuit simulation software, with numerous examples as discussed throughout the body of the text. All in all this book provides a clear and easy to understand discussion of analog electronic circuit design suitable for the new student or as a handy reference for more expert scientists."
Contemporary Physics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521687805
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2007
  • Pages: 668
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Hamilton was Senior Lecturer at Manchester University in the UK, where, in addition to his research activities, he spent more than 30 years teaching electronic circuit design to undergraduate and graduate students. He is now retired.

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Table of Contents

Preface; List of symbols; Part I. Mathematics: Introduction; 1.1 Trigonometry; 1.2 Geometry; 1.3 Series expansions; 1.4 Logarithms; 1.5 Exponentials; 1.6 Vectors; 1.7 Complex numbers; 1.8 Differentiation; 1.9 Integration; 1.10 Equations and determinants; 1.11 Fourier transforms; 1.12 Laplace transforms; 1.13 Differential equations; 1.14 Convolution; Part II. Physics: Introduction; 2.1 Current flow; 2.2 Energies; 2.3 Kirchhoff's laws; 2.4 Faraday's law; 2.5 Electric and magnetic fields; 2.6 Magnetism and relativity; 2.7 Maxwell's equations; 2.8 Skin effect; 2.9 Quantization; 2.10 Dielectrics and permittivity; 2.11 Magnetic materials; 2.12 Units of electromagnetism; 2.13 Noise; Part III. Circuit Mathematics: Introduction; 3.1 Circuit laws; 3.2 A.C. theory; 3.3 Phasors; 3.4 Phase and amplitude; 3.5 Resonance; 3.6 Bandwidth and risetime; 3.7 Pulse and transient response; 3.8 Equivalent circuits; 3.9 Dispersion and absorption; 3.10 Feedback; 3.11 Noise in circuits; 3.12 Hysteresis; 3.13 Bridges; 3.14 Approximation; 3.15 Control systems; 3.16 Filters; 3.17 Transmission lines; Part IV. Circuit Elements: Introduction; 4.1 Resistors; 4.2 Capacitors; 4.3 Inductors; 4.4 Transformers; 4.5 Diodes; 4.6 Bipolar transistors; 4.7 Field effect transistors; 4.8 Temperature dependent resistors; 4.9 Coaxial cables; 4.10 Crystals; Part V. SPICE Circuits: Introduction; 5.1 Absolute value circuit; 5.2 Oscilloscope probes; 5.3 Operational amplifier circuits; 5.4 Rectifier circuits; 5.5 Integrator; 5.6 Differentiator; 5.7 Two-phase oscillator; 5.8 Wien-Bridge oscillator; 5.9 Current sources and mirrors; 5.10 Power supplies; 5.11 Current-feedback amplifiers; 5.12 Fast operational picoammeter; 5.13 Three-pole, single amplifier filter; 5.14 Open-loop response; 5.15 Lumped or distributed?; 5.16 Immittance through the looking glass: gyrators, frequency dependent negative resistors and negative immittance converters; 5.17 Maser gain simulation; 5.18 Frequency independent phase shifter; 5.19 Ratemeter; 5.20 Baluns and high frequency transformers; 5.21 Directional coupler; 5.22 Power control or hotswitch; 5.23 Modulation control of a resonant circuit; 5.24 Photomultiplier gating circuit; 5.25 Transatlantic telegraph cable; 5.26 Chaos; 5.27 Spice; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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