MicroComputers and Electronic Instrumentation: Making the Right Connections

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The authors believe that the effectiveness of future generations of scientists depends in part on their ability to use intelligently, diagnose, and modify their microcomputer-based and electronic instrumentation. Using a "top-down" approach, the authors present electronic concepts, principles, and technology that are impacting our daily lives. They start at the top, by providing a broad perspective of electronic instrumentation, and work down to functional modules, devices, and detailed operations. This top-down approach enables all of the pieces to fit together so that a working knowledge is developed as one proceeds through the chapters. Written specifically for chemists, physicists, engineers, biologists, medical researchers, students, and other technical personnel who can benefit from "making the right connections" to modern instrumentation, this book will empower you to gain better control and make better use of your microcomputers and laboratory instruments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780841228610
  • Publisher: American Chemical Society
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Pages: 452

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Connecting to the New Wave of Microcomputer Instrumentation 1
Ch. 2 Converting and Acquiring Data in Scientific Instrumentation 23
Ch. 3 Understanding and Measuring Analog Signals 57
Ch. 4 Supplying Power to Instruments and Computers 85
Ch. 5 Manipulating Analog Data with Operational Amplifiers and Servo Systems 121
Ch. 6 Thinking Digital: Logic Gates, Flip-Flops, and Counters 151
Ch. 7 Generating, Switching, and Processing Analog Signals 191
Ch. 8 Sensing and Controlling in Automation and Robotics 241
Ch. 9 Getting the Most from Real-World Signals 299
Ch. 10 Troubleshooting Your Instruments 329
Supplement 1 Generating and Controlling Analog Electrical Quantities 351
Supplement 2 Describing Waveforms and Reactive Circuits 363
Supplement 3 Understanding Diodes, Transistors, and Other Solid-State Devices 381
Appendix A Grounding and Shielding 401
Appendix B Components 411
Appendix C Digital Data Transmission 433
Index 440
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