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Electronics For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-9719-0
432 pages
February 2005
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Want to hook up your home theater system?

Want to fix it so your garage band rocks the neighborhood?

Want to solder the faulty wire on your old phonograph so you can play those 60s albums you’ve kept all this time?

Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer , hobbyist, or student , this book will turn you on to real-world electronics. It quickly covers the essentials, and then focuses on the how-to instead of theory. It covers:

  • Fundamental concepts such as circuits, schematics, voltage, safety, and more
  • Tools of the trade, including multimeters, oscilloscopes, logic probes, and more
  • Common electronic components (e.g. resistors, capacitors, transistors)
  • Making circuits using breadboards and printed circuit boards
  • Microcontrollers (implementation and programming)

Author Gordon McComb has more than a million copies of his books in print, including his bestselling Robot Builder’s Bonanza and VCRs and Camcorders For Dummies. He really connects with readers! With lots of photos and step-by-step explanations, this book will have you connecting electronic components in no time! In fact, it includes fun ideas for great projects you can build in 30 minutes or less. You’ll be amazed! Then you can tackle cool robot projects that will amaze your friends! (The book gives you lots to choose from.)

Students will find this a great reference and supplement to the typical dry, dull textbook. So whether you just want to bone up on electronics or want to get things hooked up, souped up, or fixed up,…whether you’re interested in fixing old electronic equipment, understanding guitar fuzz amps, or tinkering with robots, Electronics For Dummies is your quick connection to the stuff you need to know.

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Introduction.

Part I: Getting Started in Electronics.

Chapter 1: From Electrons to Electronics.

Chapter 2: Keeping Humans and Gadgets Safe.

Part II: Aisle 5, Component Shack: Stocking Up.

Chapter 3: Outfitting Your Electronics Bench.

Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: The Most Common Electronic Components.

Chapter 5: Filling Out Your Parts Bin.

Part III: Putting It on Paper.

Chapter 6: Reading a Schematic.

Chapter 7: Understanding the Basics of Electronics Circuits.

Part IV: Getting Your Hands Dirty.

Chapter 8: Everything You Need to Know about Soldering.

Chapter 9: Making Friends with Your Multimeter.

Chapter 10: Getting Down with Logic Probes and Oscilloscopes.

Part V: A Plethora of Projects.

Chapter 11: Creating Your Own Breadboard Circuit.

Chapter 12: Building Your Own Printed Circuit Boards.

Chapter 13: The Exciting World of Microcontrollers.

Chapter 14: Great Projects You Can Build in 30 Minutes or Less.

Chapter 15: Cool Robot Projects to Amaze Your Friends and Family.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten (Or So) Cool Electronics Testing Tool Tips.

Chapter 17: Ten Great Electronics Parts Sources.

Chapter 18: Ten Electronics Formulas You Should Know.

Appendix: Internet Resources.

Glossary.

Index.

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Gordon McComb has penned 60 books and over a thousand magazine articles. More than a million copies of his books are in print, in over a dozen languages. For 13 years, Gordon wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column on personal computers. When not writing about hobby electronics and other fun topics, he serves as a consultant on digital cinema to several notable Hollywood clients.

Earl Boysen is an engineer who, after 20 years in the computer-chip industry, decided to slow down and move to a quiet town in Washington. Earl lives in a house he built with a wonderful lady and finds that he is as busy as ever with teaching, writing, house building, and acting.

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