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All New Electronics Self-Teaching Guide, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-08011-5
456 pages
February 2011
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For almost 30 years, this book has been a classic text for electronics enthusiasts. Now completely updated for today?s technology with easy explanations and presented in a more user-friendly format, this third edition helps 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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Chapter 1 DC Review and Pre-Test.

Current Flow.

Ohm’s Law.

Resistors in Series.

Resistors in Parallel.

Power.

Small Currents.

The Graph of Resistance.

The Voltage Divider.

The Current Divider.

Switches.

Capacitors in a DC Circuit.

Summary.

DC Pre-Test.

Chapter 2 The Diode.

Understanding Diodes.

The Diode Experiment.

Diode Breakdown.

The Zener Diode.

Summary.

Self-Test.

Answers to Self-Test.

Chapter 3 Introduction to the Transistor.

Understanding Transistors.

The Transistor Experiment.

The Junction Field Effect Transistor.

Summary.

Self-Test.

Answers to Self-Test.

Chapter 4 The Transistor Switch.

Turning the Transistor on.

Turning the Transistor off.

Why Transistors are Used as Switches.

The Three-Transistor Switch.

Alternative Base Switching.

Switching The Jfet.

The Jfet Experiment.

Summary.

Self-Test.

Answers to Self-Test.

Chapter 5 AC Pre-Test and Review.

The Generator.

Resistors in AC Circuits.

Capacitors in AC Circuits.

The Inductor in an AC Circuit.

Resonance.

Summary.

Self-Test.

Answers to Self-Test.

Chapter 6 AC in Electronics.

Capacitors in AC Circuits.

Capacitors and Resistors in Series.

The High Pass Filter Experiment.

Phase Shift of an RC Circuit.

Resistor and Capacitor in Parallel.

Inductors in AC Circuits.

Phase Shift for an RL Circuit.

Summary.

Self-Test.

Answers to Self-Test.

Chapter 7 Resonant Circuits.

The Capacitor and Inductor in Series.

The Output Curve.

Introduction to Oscillators.

Summary.

Self-Test.

Answers to Self-Test.

Chapter 8 Transistor Amplifiers.

Working with Transistor Amplifiers.

The Transistor Amplifier Experiment.

A Stable Amplifier.

Biasing.

The Emitter Follower.

Analyzing an Amplifier.

The JFET as an Amplifier.

The Operational Amplifier.

Summary.

Self-Test.

Answers to Self-Test.

Chapter 9 Oscillators.

Understanding Oscillators.

Feedback.

The Colpitts Oscillator.

Optional Experiment.

The Hartley Oscillator.

The Armstrong Oscillator.

Practical Oscillator Design.

Simple Oscillator Design Procedure.

Optional Experiment.

Oscillator Troubleshooting Checklist.

Summary and Applications.

Self-Test.

Answers to Self-Test.

Chapter 10 The Transformer.

Transformer Basics.

Transformers in Communications Circuits.

Summary and Applications.

Self-Test.

Answers to Self-Test.

Chapter 11 Power Supply Circuits.

Diodes in AC Circuits Produce Pulsating DC.

Level DC (Smoothing Pulsating DC).

Summary.

Self-Test.

Answers to Self-Test.

Chapter 12 Conclusion and Final Self-Test.

Conclusion.

Final Self-Test.

Answers to Final Self-Test.

Appendix A Glossary.

Appendix B List of Symbols and Abbreviations.

Appendix C Powers of Ten and Engineering Prefixes.

Appendix D Standard Composition Resistor Values.

Appendix E Supplemental Resources.

Appendix F Equation Reference.

Appendix G Schematic Symbols Used in This Book.

Index.

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Author Information

Earl Boysen is a veteran engineer who maintains two technology-focused Web sites, www.buildinggadgets.com and www.understandingnano.com. He is coauthor of Electronics For Dummies, Electronics Projects For Dummies, and Nanotechnology For Dummies, all published by Wiley. Visit his sites at: www.buildinggadgets.com and  www.understandingnano.com

The late Harry Kybett wrote the bestselling first and second editions of Electronics Self-Teaching Guide. He was director of engineering operations at Columbia Pictures Corporation. He built many studios and video systems for the broadcasting industry and created training programs for Sony Corporation of America.

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