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The Fields of Electronics: Understanding Electronics Using Basic Physics

ISBN: 978-0-471-22290-3
204 pages
April 2002
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A practical new approach that brings together circuit theory and field theory for the practicing engineer
To put it frankly, the traditional education of most engineers and scientists leaves them often unprepared to handle many of the practical problems they encounter. The Fields of Electronics: Understanding Electronics Using Basic Physics offers a highly original correction to this state of affairs.
Most engineers learn circuit theory and field theory separately. Electromagnetic field theory is an important part of basic physics, but because it is a very mathematical subject, the connection to everyday problems is not emphasized. Circuit theory, on the other hand, is by its nature very practical. However, circuit theory cannot describe the nature of a facility, the interconnection of many pieces of hardware, or the power grid that interfaces each piece of hardware.
The Fields of Electronics offers a unique approach that brings the physics and the circuit theory together into a seamless whole for today's practicing engineers. With a clear focus on the real-world problems confronting the practitioner in the field, the book thoroughly details the principles that apply to:
* Capacitors, inductors, resistors, and transformers
* Utility power and circuit concepts
* Grounding and shielding
* Radiation
* Analog and digital signals
* Facilities and sites
Written with very little mathematics, and requiring only some background in electronics, this book provides an eminently useful new way to understand the subject of electronics that will simplify the work of every novice, experienced engineer, and scientist.
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Table of Contents


1. The Electric Field.

2. Capacitors, Magnetic Fields, and Transformers.

3. Utility Power and Circuit Concepts.

4. A Few More Tools.

5. Analog Design.

6. Digital Design and Mixed Analog/Digital Design.

7. Facilities and Sites.

Appendix I: Solutions to Problems.

Appendix II: Glossary of Common Terms.

Appendix III: Abbreviations.

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Author Information

RALPH MORRISON is a consultant and lecturer in the area of interference control and electronics. He has over thirty years of design and consulting experience, was president of Instrum Inc. for more than a decade, and has authored Grounding and Shielding Techniques, 4th Edition; Noise and Other Interfering Signals; Grounding and Shielding in Facilities; and Solving Interference Problems in Electronics, all published by Wiley.
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"...you needn't be an engineer to learn a great deal from this refreshingly different approach to basic electrotechnology." (Electrical Apparatus, June 2002)

"...loaded with practical information?any electrical engineer...will find this book an invaluable reference...circuit theory teachers could also find this excellent..." (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, Vol. 18, No. 5, September/October 2002)

"Recommended for libraries...upper-division undergraduates; professionals" (Choice, Vol. 40, No. 3, November 2002)

"...it could very usefully find a place on the shelves of an electronics laboratory..." (Contemporary Physics, Vol.44, No.1, 2003)

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