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Book description

If you’re in a technical field such as software development, and don’t have much experience with electronics components, this hands-on reference helps you find answers to technical questions quickly. Filling the gap between a beginner’s primer and a formal textbook, Practical Electronics: Components and Techniques explores aspects of electronic components and techniques that you would typically learn on the job and from years of experience.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
    1. About the Early Release
    2. How This Book Is Organized
    3. Conventions Used in This Book
    4. Safari® Books Online
    5. How to Contact Us
    6. Endorsements
    7. Acknowledgments
  2. 1. Electrons in Motion
    1. Atoms and Electrons
    2. Electric Charge and Current
    3. Current Flow in a Basic Circuit
    4. Ohm’s Law
    5. Power
    6. Resistance
    7. Example: Building a Voltage Divider
    8. Summary
  3. 2. Fasteners and Adhesives
    1. Screws and Bolts
      1. Screw and Bolt Sizes
      2. Screw and Bolt Drive Types
      3. Screw and Bolt Head Styles
      4. Selecting Screws and Bolts
      5. Washers
      6. Self-Tapping Screws
    2. Rivets
    3. Adhesives and Bonding
      1. Glues, Epoxies, and Solvents
      2. Working with Wood and Paper
      3. Working with Plastic
      4. Working with Metal
      5. Special-Purpose Adhesives
    4. Summary
  4. 3. Tools
    1. Screwdrivers
    2. Pliers
    3. Wire Cutters
    4. Wire Strippers
    5. Crimping Tools
    6. Socket and Hex Drivers
    7. Clamps
    8. Rotary Tools
    9. Grinders
    10. Drills
    11. Drill Bits
    12. Taps and Dies
    13. Small Hand Saws
    14. Miniature Power Saws
    15. Specialty Metal-Working Tools
    16. Tweezers
    17. Soldering Tools
    18. Magnifiers and Microscopes
    19. Workspaces
    20. Summary
  5. 4. Tool Techniques
  6. 5. Power Sources
  7. 6. Switches
    1. One Switch, Multiple Circuits
    2. Switch Types
      1. Toggle
      2. Rocker
      3. Slide
      4. Rotary
      5. Pushbutton
      6. Snap-Action
    3. Slide and Rotary Switch Circuits
    4. Switch Selection Criteria
    5. Switch Caveats
    6. Summary
  8. 7. Connectors and Wiring
  9. 8. Passive Components
  10. 9. Active Components: Semiconductors and ICs
  11. 10. Relays
    1. Relay Background
      1. Armature Relays
      2. Reed Relays
      3. Contactor
    2. Relay Packages
      1. PCB Relays
      2. Lug Terminal Relays
      3. Socketed Relays
    3. Selecting a Relay
    4. Relay Reliability Issues
      1. Contact Arcing
      2. Coil Overheating
      3. Relay Bounce
    5. Relay Applications
      1. Controlling Relays With Low-Voltage Logic
      2. Signal Switching
      3. Power Switching
      4. Relay Logic
    6. Summary
  12. 11. Logic
  13. 12. Discrete Control Interfaces
  14. 13. Analog Interfaces
  15. 14. Data Communication Interfaces
  16. 15. Printed Circuit Boards
  17. 16. Packaging
  18. 17. Test Equipment
  19. A. Essential Electronics and AC Circuits
  20. B. Schematics
  21. C. Glossary
  22. Bibliography
  23. D. Resources
    1. Software
      1. Open Source Schematic Capture Tools
      2. CAE Software Tools
      3. PCB Layout Tools
    2. Hardware, Components, and Tools
      1. Electronics Distributors
      2. Discount and Surplus Electronics
      3. Mechanical Parts and Hardware (Screws, Nuts, Bolts)
      4. Microcontrollers, Kits, Parts, and Supplies
      5. Electronic Enclosures and Chassis
      6. Tools
      7. Test Equipment
    3. Printed Circuit Board Supplies and Fabricators
      1. Prototype and Fast-Turnaround Fabricators
      2. PCB Kit Sources
    4. eBay
    5. Other Sources
    6. Datasheets, Application Notes, and Manuals
      1. Datasheets
      2. Application Notes
      3. Manuals
  24. About the Author
  25. Copyright