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Overview

THE BOOK THAT MAKES ELECTRONICS MAKE SENSE

This intuitive, applications-driven guide to electronics for hobbyists, engineers, and students doesn't overload readers with technical detail. Instead, it tells you-and shows you-what basic and advanced electronics parts and components do, and how they work. Chock-full of illustrations, Practical Electronics for Inventors offers over 750 hand-drawn images that provide clear, detailed instructions that can help turn theoretical ideas into real-life inventions and gadgets.

CRYSTAL CLEAR AND COMPREHENSIVE

Covering the entire field of electronics, from basics through analog and digital, AC and DC, integrated circuits (ICs), semiconductors, stepper motors and servos, LCD displays, and various input/output devices, this guide even includes a full chapter on the latest microcontrollers. A favorite memory-jogger for working electronics engineers, Practical Electronics for Inventors is also the ideal manual for those just getting started in circuit design. If you want to succeed in turning your ideas into workable electronic gadgets and inventions, is THE book.

Starting with a light review of electronics history, physics, and math, the book provides an easy-to-understand overview of all major electronic elements, including:

Basic passive components o Resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers o Discrete passive circuits o Current-limiting networks, voltage dividers, filter circuits, attenuators o Discrete active devices o Diodes, transistors, thrysistors o Microcontrollers o Rectifiers, amplifiers, modulators, mixers, voltage regulators

ENTHUSIASTIC READERS HELPED US MAKE THIS

BOOK EVEN BETTER

This revised, improved, and completely updated second edition reflects suggestions offered by the loyal hobbyists and inventors who made the first edition a bestseller. Reader-suggested improvements in this guide include:

  • Thoroughly expanded and improved theory chapter
  • New sections covering test equipment, optoelectronics, microcontroller circuits, and more
  • New and revised drawings
  • Answered problems throughout the book

Practical Electronics for Inventors takes you through reading schematics, building and testing prototypes, purchasing electronic components, and safe work practices. You'll find all thisin a guide that's destined to get your creative-and inventive-juices flowing.

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Covering the same basic information as other introductory electronics books, only presenting the information on particular devices and circuits do before discussing the physics of how they work, this text covers basic circuit components, semiconductors, optoelectronics, integrated circuits, operational amplifiers, filters, oscillators and timers, voltage regulators, audio electronics, digital electronics, DC motors, RC servos, and other devices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071452816
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/14/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 952
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Scherz is a physicist/mechanical engineer who received his B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin. His area of interest in physics focuses on elementary particle interactions. Paul is an inventor/hobbyist in electronics, an area he grew to appreciate through his experience at the University's Department of Nuclear Engineering Physics and the Department of Plasma Physics.

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Electronics

Perhaps the most common predicament a newcomer faces when learning electronics is figuring out exactly what it is he or she must learn. What topics are worth covering, and in which general order should they be covered? A good starting point to get a sense of what is important to learn and in what general order is presented in the flowchart in Fig. 1.1. This chart provides an overview of the basic elements that go into designing practical electrical gadgets and represents the information you will find in this book. The following paragraphs describe these basic elements in detail.

At the top of the chart comes the theory. This involves learning about voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, inductance, and various laws and theorems that help predict the size and direction of voltages and currents within circuits. As you learn the basic theory, you will be introduced to basic passive components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, and transformers.

Next down the line comes discrete passive circuits. Discrete passive circuits include current-limiting networks, voltage dividers, filter circuits, attenuators, and so on. These simple circuits, by themselves, are not very interesting, but they are vital ingredients in more complex circuits.

After you have learned about passive components and circuits, you move on to discrete active devices, which are built from semiconductor materials. These devices consist mainly of diodes (one-way current-flow gates), transistors (electrically controlled switches /amplifiers), and thyristors (electrically controlled switches only).

Once you have covered the discrete active devices, you move onto discrete active/passive circuits. Some of these circuits include rectifiers (ac-to-do converters), amplifiers, oscillators, modulators, mixers, and voltage regulators. This is where things start getting interesting.

To make things easier on the circuit designer, manufacturers have created integrated circuits (ICs) that contain discrete circuits-like the ones mentioned in the last paragraph-that are crammed onto a tiny chip of silicon. The chip usually is housed within a plastic package, where tiny internal wires link the chip to external metal terminals. Integrated circuits such as amplifiers and voltage regulators are referred to as analog devices, which means that they respond to and produce signals of varying degrees of voltage. (This is unlike digital ICs, which work with only two voltage levels.) Becoming familiar with integrated circuits is a necessity for any practical circuit designer.

Digital electronics comes next. Digital circuits work with only two voltage states, high (e.g., 5 V) or low (e.g., 0 V). The reason for having only two voltage states has to do with the ease of data (numbers, symbols, control information) processing and storage. The process of encoding information into signals that digital circuits can use involves combining bits (1 's and 0's, equivalent to high and low voltages) into discrete-meaning "words." The designer dictates what these words will mean to a specific circuit. Unlike analog electronics, digital electronics uses a whole new set of components, which at the heart are all integrated in form. A huge number of specialized ICs are used in digital electronics. Some of these ICs are designed to perform logical operations on input information, others are designed to count, while still others are designed to store information that can be retrieved later on. Digital ICs include logic gates, flip-flops, shift registers, counters, memories, processors, and the like. Digital circuits are what give electrical gadgets "brains." In order for digital circuits to interact with analog circuits, special analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion circuits are needed to convert analog signals into special strings of 1's and 0's. Likewise, digitalto-analog conversion circuits are used to convert strings of 1's and 0's into analog signals.

Throughout your study of electronics, you will learn about various input-output (I/O) devices (transducers). Input devices convert physical signals, such as sound, light, and pressure, into electrical signals that circuits can use. These devices include microphones, phototransistors, switches, keyboards, thermistors, strain gauges, generators, and antennas. Output devices convert electrical signals into physical signals. Output devices include lamps, LED and LCD displays, speakers, buzzers, motors (dc, servo, stepper), solenoids, and antennas. It is these I/O devices that allow humans and circuits to communicate with one another. And finally comes the construction/ testing phase. This involves learning to read schematic diagrams, constructing circuit prototypes using breadboards, testing prototypes (using multimeters, oscilloscopes, and logic probes), revising prototypes (if needed), and constructing final circuits using various tools and special circuit boards...

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction to Electronics 1
Ch. 2 Theory 5
Ch. 3 Basic Electronic Circuit Components 59
Ch. 4 Semiconductors 123
Ch. 5 Optoelectronics 191
Ch. 6 Integrated Circuits 213
Ch. 7 Operational Amplifiers 219
Ch. 8 Filters 247
Ch. 9 Oscillators and Timers 267
Ch. 10 Voltage Regulators and Power Supplies 283
Ch. 11 Audio Electronics 299
Ch. 12 Digital Electronics 313
Ch. 13 DC Motors, RC Servos, and Stepper Motors 409
Ch. 14 Hands-on Electronics 423
App. A: Power Distribution and Home Wiring 459
App. B: Electronic Symbols 465
App. C: Useful Facts and Formulas 467
App. D: Finding Components 471
App. E: A Note on Injection Molding and Patents 473
App. F: History of Electronics Timeline 477
App. G: Component Data, List of Logic ICs, Foreign Semiconductor Codes 483
App. H Analog/Digital Interfacing 497
App. I: Displays 515
App. J: Memory Devices 535
App. K: Microprocessors and Microcontrollers 553
Index 585
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    A Comprehensive Electronics Reference Worth Having on Your Bookshelf

    This is an excellent reference for anyone involved in electronics. It covers the vast majority of electronics components, providing beginner to advanced level information. The book also provides example circuits for many of the components discussed.

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    Too many mistakes for a second edition

    I was really hoping the second edition would be better than the first. I wish I would have looked for an errata before I purchased this book. I located one list at bucknel.edu that was 22 pages long. This book is essentially useless for anyone not very versed in electronics. It's a better 'Where's Waldo?' for EEs that want a good pastime finding errors in the text. McGraw Hill really needs to recall both editions of this book.

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