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The Fiendishly Fun Way to Master Electronic Circuits!

Fully updated throughout, this wickedly inventive guide introduces electronic circuits and circuit design, both analog and digital, through a series of projects you'll complete one simple lesson at a time. The separate lessons build on each other and add up to projects you can put to practical use. You don't need to know anything about electronics to get started. A pre-assembled kit, which includes all the components and PC boards to complete the book projects, is available separately from ABRA electronics on Amazon.

Using easy-to-find components and equipment, Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius, Second Edition, provides hours of rewarding--and slightly twisted--fun. You'll gain valuable experience in circuit construction and design as you test, modify, and observe your results--skills you can put to work in other exciting circuit-building projects.

Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius:

  • Features step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations
  • Provides tips for customizing the projects
  • Covers the underlying electronics principles behind the projects
  • Removes the frustration factor--all required parts are listed, along with sources

Build these and other devious devices:

  • Automatic night light
  • Light-sensitive switch
  • Along-to-digital converter
  • Voltage-controlled oscillator
  • Op amp-controlled power amplifier
  • Burglar alarm
  • Logic gate-based toy
  • Two-way intercom using transistors and op amps

Each fun, inexpensive Genius project includes a detailed list of materials, sources for parts, schematics, and lots of clear, well-illustrated instructions for easy assembly. The larger workbook-style layout and convenient two-column format make following the step-by-step instructions a breeze.

Make Great Stuff!

TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071744126
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/24/2010
  • Series: Evil Genius Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 958,366
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Cutcher is a former technology and industrial education teacher who designed his own hands-on courses, which resulted in great classroom success and became the basis of the first edition of this book. He currently writes for hobbyist publications such as MAKE Magazine.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Components; Chapter 1. Components; Chapter 2. Resist If You Must; Chapter 3. More Components and Semiconductors; Chapter 4. Two Projects and Then Some More; Part Two: Introduction to Digital Electronics; Chapter 5. Digital Logic; Chapter 6. The First NAND Gate Circuit; Chapter 7. Analog Switches for Digital Circuits; Chapter 8. The NAND Gate Oscillator; Chapter 9. How Do We Understand What We Can't See; Chapter 10. Digital Logic Project; Part Three: Counting Systems in Electronics; Chapter 11. Introducing an Analog-to-Digital Converter; Chapter 12. The 4017 Walking Ring Counter; Chapter 13. Running a Seven-Segment Display; Chapter 14. Define, Design, and Make Your Own Project; Part Four: Amplifiers - What They Are and How To Use Them; Chapter 15. What is an Amplifier?; Chapter 16. Exploring the Op Amp; Chapter 17. Applying the Op Amp: Building the Intercom; Chapter 18. Prototype and Design - Patience Has Its Rewards; Part Five: Appendices; Appendix A. Common Component Packaging; Appendix B. Capacitors: Reading and Decoding; Appendix C. Animations List; Appendix D. Glossary; Appendix E. Make Your Own Printed Circuit Boards; Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    Generally good read, some mistakes in text

    It had been a while since I played around with my electronics hobby, and this book has been a great assist to get me back into it. I especially like the gentle helps in understanding how voltage splits across resistors, and early material helps to build and support the later lessons on digital electronics and amplifiers. One frustrating thing is that in a few places in the book, there are references which go no where. For example, in lesson 28 we are introduced to the homegrown oscilloscope using a freeware download and an easily built probe. We are then told that we will be using that oscilloscope in lesson 29, but there is NO instruction or example of using it in that lesson. Additionally, there is no instruction in the book for learning to solder. There is a reference to the book's website, but the instruction there is not very extensive. Still, overall, I've enjoyed the book. Definitely to get the full benefit you will want to get the $60 electronics parts kit from abra-electronics.com that is recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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