Electronics For Dummies

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Electronics is fascinating – want to make something of it? This book shows you how!

You can make all sorts of things, once you understand what electronics is and how it works.   This book helps you out with that part, explaining the whole thing in plain English. Learn how electricity functions, how to harness it and put it to work, what tools you need to build circuits, what you can make with them, and ...

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Overview

Electronics is fascinating – want to make something of it? This book shows you how!

You can make all sorts of things, once you understand what electronics is and how it works.   This book helps you out with that part, explaining the whole thing in plain English. Learn how electricity functions, how to harness it and put it to work, what tools you need to build circuits, what you can make with them, and how to do it safely.

  • Mystery solved – understand what makes your iPod, remote control, and computer work
  • Essential stuff – outfit your electronics lab with all the necessary tools, including some that will surprise you
  • Schematic road maps – learn to read schematics and understand how they help your project get where it’s going
  • Symbols of power – recognize all the identifiers for power sources, grounds, and components
  • Tools of the trade – discover how to use a multimeter, logic probe, oscilloscope, and solderless breadboard
  • Break it down – get to know the ins and outs of components such as resistors, capacitors ,diodes and transistors
  • Getting it together – find out how integrated circuits make all the rest possible and learn to work with them
  • & Analyze it – understand the rules that govern current and voltage and learn how to apply them

Open the book and find:

  • The difference between electronics and electricity
  • A list of essential tools
  • Cool projects you can build quickly
  • Great places to find parts
  • Important safety tips
  • What a sine wave is
  • Interesting stuff about speakers, buzzers, and DC motors
  • Ohm’s Law and how to use it
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470286975
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 171,951
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathleen Shamieh is a high-tech writer with extensive engineering and consulting experience in the fields of medical electronics, speech processing, and telecommunications. Gordon McComb writes the Robotics Resources column for SERVO Magazine, the leading hobby electronics magazine in the US.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Understanding the Fundamentals of Electronics 7

Chapter 1: What Is Electronics and What Can It Do for You? 9

Chapter 2: Manipulating Electricity to Make Something Happen 21

Chapter 3: Meeting Up with Resistance 39

Chapter 4: Getting a Charge Out of Capacitors 65

Chapter 5: Curling Up with Coils and Crystals 91

Chapter 6: The Wide World of Semiconductors 111

Chapter 7: Packing Parts Together on Integrated Circuits 143

Chapter 8: Rounding Out Your Parts List 169

Part II: Getting Your Hands Dirty 191

Chapter 9: Setting Up Shop and Ensuring Your Safety 193

Chapter 10: Reading Schematics219

Chapter 11: Constructing Circuits 239

Chapter 12: Measuring and Analyzing Circuits 259

Chapter 13: Getting Down with Logic Probes and Oscilloscopes 281

Part III: Putting Theory into Practice 301

Chapter 14: Exploring Some Learning Circuits 303

Chapter 15: Great Projects You Can Build in 30 Minutes or Less327

Part IV: The Part of Tens 351

Chapter 16: Ten (Or So) Terrific Tips to Help You Succeed 353

Chapter 17: Ten (Or So) Great Electronics Parts Sources 363

Appendix: Internet Resources 369

Glossary 375

Index 387

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Great introduction to electronics for beginners

    I used this book as a teaching aid for middle school aged kids in a Science Olympiad electronics event. It was perfect for that, giving a good overview of the basics of both DC and AC electronics and circuit diagrams. I'm a Ph.D. engineer, so I've already covered all this in more depth, and at a more difficult level, but even so I found the instructional material helpful, and wished I'd had something this straightforward and easy to understand when I was an undergrad and taking my first electrical engineering course. It would have helped provide an introduction to electrical/electronic engineering, and helped balance the much less clear presentation provided by my somewhat obtuse professor!
    I'd recommend this for anyone who wants a clear, easy to understand, and technically accurate introduction to electrical circuits and electronics. If you start here, you'll get a good basic understanding and be able to move on to more challenging material with ease.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Very well written

    Very clear and logical order of presentation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

    Excellent book

    if you want a clear understanding of electronics that you can apply to real life situations and basic circuit designing or are planning to go into more advanced circuit design, then this is the book for you. even if you think you already have a firm grounding in electronics, you might learn a thing or two from this book, or just make things a bit simpler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Terrific

    Short, but excellent FUNCTIONAL descriptions of electronic components for folks who need to visualize what the electrons are actually doing. I would have liked more advanced topics in place of hands-on project examples.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    IT IS

    Horrible needs more detail looks like a 5th grader wrote it

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    Posted October 19, 2012

    Cali

    Awesome storry keep writing candy cane!!!!"

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    Posted October 19, 2012

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