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Complete Electronics Self-Teaching Guide with Projects

Book Description

An all-in-one resource on everything electronics-related!

For almost 30 years, this book has been a classic text for electronics enthusiasts. Now completely updated for today's technology, this latest version combines concepts, self-tests, and hands-on projects to offer you a completely repackaged and revised resource. This unique self-teaching guide features easy-to-understand explanations that are presented in a user-friendly format to help you learn the essentials you need to work with electronic circuits.

All you need is a general understanding of electronics concepts such as Ohm's law and current flow, and an acquaintance with first-year algebra. The question-and-answer format, illustrative experiments, and self-tests at the end of each chapter make it easy for you to learn at your own speed.

  • Boasts a companion website that includes more than twenty full-color, step-by-step projects

  • Shares hands-on practice opportunities and conceptual background information to enhance your learning process

  • Targets electronics enthusiasts who already have a basic knowledge of electronics but are interested in learning more about this fascinating topic on their own

  • Features projects that work with the multimeter, breadboard, function generator, oscilloscope, bandpass filter, transistor amplifier, oscillator, rectifier, and more

You're sure to get a charge out of the vast coverage included in Complete Electronics Self-Teaching Guide with Projects!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Introduction
    1. What This Book Teaches
    2. How This Book Is Organized
    3. Conventions Used in This Book
    4. How to Use This Book
  3. Chapter 1: DC Review and Pre-Test
    1. Current Flow
    2. Ohm's Law
    3. Resistors in Series
    4. Resistors in Parallel
    5. Power
    6. Small Currents
    7. The Graph of Resistance
    8. The Voltage Divider
    9. The Current Divider
    10. Switches
    11. Capacitors in a DC Circuit
    12. Summary
    13. DC Pre-Test
  4. Chapter 2: The Diode
    1. Understanding Diodes
    2. Diode Breakdown
    3. The Zener Diode
    4. Summary
    5. Self-Test
  5. Chapter 3: Introduction to the Transistor
    1. Understanding Transistors
    2. The Junction Field Effect Transistor (JFET)
    3. Summary
    4. Self-Test
  6. Chapter 4: The Transistor Switch
    1. Turning the Transistor On
    2. Turning Off the Transistor
    3. Why Transistors Are Used as Switches
    4. The Three-Transistor Switch
    5. Alternative Base Switching
    6. Switching the JFET
    7. Summary
    8. Self-Test
  7. Chapter 5: AC Pre-Test and Review
    1. The Generator
    2. Resistors in AC Circuits
    3. Capacitors in AC Circuits
    4. The Inductor in an AC Circuit
    5. Resonance
    6. Summary
    7. Self-Test
  8. Chapter 6: Filters
    1. Capacitors in AC Circuits
    2. Capacitors and Resistors in Series
    3. Phase Shift of an RC Circuit
    4. Resistor and Capacitor in Parallel
    5. Inductors in AC Circuits
    6. Phase Shift for an RL Circuit
    7. Summary
    8. Self-Test
  9. Chapter 7: Resonant Circuits
    1. The Capacitor and Inductor in Series
    2. The Output Curve
    3. Introduction to Oscillators
    4. Summary
    5. Self-Test
  10. Chapter 8: Transistor Amplifiers
    1. Working with Transistor Amplifiers
    2. A Stable Amplifier
    3. Biasing
    4. The Emitter Follower
    5. Analyzing an Amplifier
    6. The JFET as an Amplifier
    7. The Operational Amplifier
    8. Summary
    9. Self-Test
  11. Chapter 9: Oscillators
    1. Understanding Oscillators
    2. Feedback
    3. The Colpitts Oscillator
    4. The Hartley Oscillator
    5. The Armstrong Oscillator
    6. Practical Oscillator Design
    7. Simple Oscillator Design Procedure
    8. Oscillator Troubleshooting Checklist
    9. Summary and Applications
    10. Self-Test
  12. Chapter 10: The Transformer
    1. Transformer Basics
    2. Transformers in Communications Circuits
    3. Summary and Applications
    4. Self-Test
    5. Answers to Self-Test
  13. Chapter 11: Power Supply Circuits
    1. Diodes in AC Circuits Produce Pulsating DC
    2. Level DC (Smoothing Pulsating DC)
    3. Summary
    4. Self-Test
  14. Chapter 12: Conclusion and Final Self-Test
    1. Conclusion
    2. Final Self-Test
  15. Appendix A: Glossary
  16. Appendix B: List of Symbols and Abbreviations
  17. Appendix C: Powers of Ten and Engineering Prefixes
  18. Appendix D: Standard Composition Resistor Values
  19. Appendix E: Supplemental Resources
    1. Web Sites
    2. Books
    3. Magazines
    4. Suppliers
  20. Appendix F: Equation Reference
  21. Appendix G: Schematic Symbols Used in This Book