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All New Electronics Self-Teaching Guide (Self-Teaching Guides) 3rd Edition

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From the Back Cover

Learn the fundamental principles of electronic circuits at your own pace

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. This book's 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.

  • Easily master the mathematical calculations that help you to understand the operation of electronic circuits

  • Review the concepts and equations you need to design basic circuits using direct current and alternating current

  • Understand the principles of the transistor, a key building block of modern electronics

  • Calculate the values of currents, voltages, and resistances in circuits that use transistors as switches or amplifiers

  • Discover methods for filtering electronic signals to reduce noise or enhance the signal

  • Explore the concepts and equations governing oscillators and power supplies, including step-by-step procedures for designing an oscillator and a power supply circuit

  • Gain an understanding of the currents, voltages, and principles and calculations that allow you to select components for circuits

About the Author

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

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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Product Details

  • Series: Self-Teaching Guides
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3rd edition (May 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470289619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470289617
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Louise Curry on May 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am a little slow when it comes to electronics so I was surprised to find how easy it is to understand and grasp the principles that are discussed in this clear and concise self-teaching guide. It is a step-by-step guide that puts forth a reasonable amount of material, then sort of steps back and asks you questions about what you've just read. In this way, the book engages the reader more thoroughly than a lot of other books I've seen on this subject. (My husband is a computer programmer and owns quite a few books on elelctronics, circuit design, etc.) While the book is excellent at precise explanations - good for beginners - my husband and a few of his computer buddies found the book interesting as well. Overall, a great guide for the neophyte electronics person as well as for the more experienced...
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Rion on June 25, 2010
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The basic design and direction of this book is absolutely excellent. The question and answer format engages the reader for better understanding, and the topics covered include a wide variety of essential areas. The book falls down, however, because of being 'rushed out without adequate editing' (nor usable index), thus leaving the reader confused at times. Other problems include incorrect answers to problems, and inadequate explanations. So while I know that I learned a lot from the book, I also know that if I recommended it to friends they would be calling me saying how frustrated they were with the mistakes. For that very reason my review is not a recommendation. I have strong hopes that the next edition will fix the problems here and I will THEN be able to recommend this book.

In case you are wondering (and I know I was), the third edition is actually written by Earl Boysen now since Harry Kybett, having written the first two editions, has passed away.

The Q & A format is one of those things that always seems to be a bit unique in any particular book, and this one is no exception. In the early chapters many of the questions may seem insulting in that they are so easy, and the reader can find themself wondering if the book was written for 8 year old kids! But the real beauty of that approach is that it forces your mind to change modes on a regular basis: instead of staying in a passive info-absorbing mode, it has to stop and become active at solving a problem, which results in better retention. So even if the question seems childish, the information is more firmly impressed on you. In the middle and latter chapters, the Q & A format usually sticks with problem solving, often asking you to repeat the same sort of calculations you have seen in examples.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Ann C. Treacy on August 22, 2008
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My husband wrote the following evaluation of this book. "As a former scientist (who now reviews theatre), I liked the authors' Socratic-like question-and-answer format for teaching this otherwise terrifying topic. It asks the thousand and one questions that need to be asked, in the right order, gives you a moment or two to come up with something, then instantly shares the right answer for quick comparison with your own impulsive thought waves. If you start at page one, relax, take your good old time with each and every question, you will emerge 12 chapters later with an amazing and practical grasp of electronics."
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By William Corsair on January 29, 2009
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I'm an instructional designer by profession and, as an instructional text, it's first rate. Succinct, practical examples, frequent checks for understanding, summaries at the ends of sections, etc. Very well done.

Unfortunately, the author(s) make the assumption that the reader has a solid grounding in electricity, and has already had passing familiarity with electronics. I bought the book thinking that it might be useful as a teaching tool for those who are studying amateur (ham) radio electronics.

I'll have to keep looking.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Mauger on May 28, 2009
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I've read a few reviews on here complaining that this text is not for the beginner, and that's true if you just want to kind-of know what it is someone else is talking about. But if you're willing to try and teach yourself electronics, as implied by even being interested in this text, then this IS the book for you.

Look, to get a book that covers the basics is a waste of time and money and here's why: The basics that this book expects you to know can be learned over the course of a couple of days. We're talking about a couple of very casual hours at MOST.

I am a complete beginner and I bought this book last weekend because my beginners book of choice (Electronics for dummies by the same author) was not available and I wanted to get started right away. Ohms law? No idea. But with a couple of online resources [...]and this book's first chapter (a full review of topics expected as knowledge base complete with review problems and a test), you're through the basics. BAM! that's it.

Get a beginners book and you'll be missing out on all sorts of material. BUY THIS INSTEAD. Do the work, you'll be proud of yourself, you'll go further, you'll be more skilled etc...

By the way I just finished the chapter 2 test on Diodes and though challenged, I am not stumped. This book challenges and engages, just as all of the reviews said it would. It does have it's flaws as in there's a couple of times it has skipped explaining an equation, but nothing that keeps you from moving forward and improving your knowledge-base.

If you're willing to do the work the title of this book implies, then GET IT. I can't recommend it enough.
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