Electronics For Dummies

Electronics For Dummies

by Cathleen Shamieh, Gordon McComb
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Electronics For Dummies by Cathleen Shamieh, Gordon McComb

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470286975
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Electronics For Dummies (For Dummies Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
SamDsc More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very clear and logical order of presentation.
Nikola13 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im making a tiny computer (no lies!) And im 10 years old. -sincerly, imagopher
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How old are you other people
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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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