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Gateways Into Electronics

Peter Carroll Dunn

ISBN: 978-0-471-25448-5 May 2000 680 Pages


A unique introduction to the many facets of electronics guided by industrial rather than academic practice, Gateways into Electronics relies on timeless principles rather than special methods and quickly provides the reader with the tools to explore the literature quantitatively and design simple instruments with assurance. It is thus an invaluable resource for scientists and engineers seeking to understand and develop applications of electronics in their fields.

Covering linear systems, circuit theory, operational amplifiers, semiconductor devices, feedback systems, and digital circuits at a level accessible to anyone with a good grasp of elementary calculus and the bare bones of physics, this comprehensive work also offers clear and compact discussions of generalized functions, Laplace and Fourier transforms, the electromagnetic foundations of circuit theory, transmission lines, modulation and detection, random processes and noise, and signal recovery.

Gateways Into Electronics is supplemented by nearly 500 figures and by carefully crafted examples and exercises that extend the material provided in the text or use it in a new context. Results are clearly stated, and thus provide immediate feedback as well as future reference.
Linear Systems.

Generalized Functions and Integral Transforms.

Circuit Theory.

From Fields to Circuits.

Operational Amplifiers.

Models of Semiconductor Devices.

Low-Frequency Circuit Fragments.

Dynamic Response of Semiconductor Circuits.

Bandwidth and Stability of Operational-Amplifier Circuits.

Digital Circuits.

Transmission Lines.

Random Processes and Noise.

Signal Recovery.


"This book will appeal to students for whom deductive learning is attractive and profitable." (Choice, February 2001)

"Provides engineers who use and design GPS systems with a reference on the operational principles guiding this technology..." (SciTech Book News, March 2001)

"It is a substantial and well-thought-out book ...." (The Observatory, April 2001)