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ISBN-13: 978-1118217320 ISBN-10: 1118217322 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118217322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118217320
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Follow hands-on projects so you can work with electronic circuits

Are you ready to keep up with the rapidly evolving world of electronic products? From smartphones and tablets to MP3 players and digital cameras, this resource will build your understanding of how the latest electronic circuits work. You'll dive into hands-on projects and walk through the calculations and concepts for key circuits to get you up to speed. As you progress through the chapters, you'll learn how to build the circuits, and then observe or measure how they work so you can apply the information on your own.

  • Learn how to control the flow of electric current

  • Design a transistor circuit, and compare the switching action of a JFET and a BJT

  • Explore the use of resistors, capacitors, and inductors in bandpass and band-reject filters

  • Use BJTs, JFETs, and operational amplifiers in amplifier circuits

  • Find out how an oscillator works, and then design and build one

  • Discover how a transformer converts AC voltage to a higher or lower voltage

  • Calculate the values of components that produce a specified DC output voltage for a power supply circuit

The book's website (www.buildinggadgets.com) provides project pages that include links to suppliers and are kept up to date with supplier part numbers for components you'll need.

About the Author

Earl Boysen is a veteran engineer who maintains two technology-focused websites, www.buildinggadgets.com and www.understandingnano.com. He is coauthor of the first edition of Electronics For Dummies as well as Electronics Projects For Dummies and Nanotechnology For Dummies, all published by Wiley.

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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This a good book to gain a fundamental grasp of electronics.
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It would be fair to compare this to another great beginner's book, Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery), another book I love and find exciting.
Mark Colan
This wonderful book will surely answer any of my questions and keep me busy for a long time.
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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful By One-Reader on December 19, 2012
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This could be a truly excellent book, but ... it needs some competent technical editing.

If this book is quickly scanned and "flipped through", and the table of contents read, it might seem an outstanding book for those starting electronics. However, actually reading the book and going through the problems sets reveals there are just too many errors and ordering issues. (see below).

The problems start as early as chapter 1, "Review and Pre-Test". Questions are frequently asked before the information for an answer is provided, not the other way around as is appropriate for a self-teaching guide.

For example, the authors ask a question, for which readers are expected to provide an answer on the blank lines provided, "What is electrical current?". However, they provide the information for this answer after, and not before the question.

There are throughout this book more factual and calculation errors than expected or acceptable. In the presentation of the V-I curve, the curve is presented with current on the vertical axis and volts on the horizontal axis. The authors then ask the question, "what is the slope of this curve?".

The slope of a curve is (y2-y1)/(x2-x1). Ohm's law provides R = V/I not R=I/V. However, the authors state the slope of this curve is the resistance. This would be true if the curve was reversed, i.e., with volts on the vertical axis and current on the horizontal one, but is not true as presented.

Here are a few other errors that provide an understanding of the problems present: To get the answers provided on page 26 Problem B, the total current has to be less than that stated by the authors. The formula on page 27 is not the correct one for I2 but for I1.
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WHAT THIS BOOK IS

This is a great beginner's book on discrete electronics. It combines reading lessons with lab experiments to solidify the learning; there is a great emphasis on learning by doing. It assumes you know just some basic information about AC and DC electronics, such as the difference between these two, and Ohm's Law, but would like to understand the operation of components used in simple solid-state circuits.

The focus is on discrete electronics - diodes, transistors, JFETs, and the like. It also covers operational amplifiers. While integrated circuits are in widespread use today, an understanding of discrete electronics is also essential, and complimentary to them. Working with ICs is easy, and you can learn by doing. But often you need to use them together, and without the knowledge of discrete electronics, that can be tough. If you know a lot about discrete electronics, you will understand using integrated circuits much better; the reverse is not necessarily true.

It would be fair to compare this to another great beginner's book, Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery), another book I love and find exciting. That book and its experiments are sometimes like playing, but with important lessons learned through observation. Make covers both ICs and discrete, but without as much depth on the latter. By comparison, Complete Electronics is less playful, deeper and more comprehensive on discrete. It is a self-paced, workbook-oriented, self-taught course with lots of questions, quizzes, and answers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By elcaudio on June 3, 2013
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Although errors have already stated with detail, I would like to add that some of these errors go back several editions. I have been teaching electronics for years, and picked this book up while the Second Edition was its most recent incarnation. For students who are new to electronics, minor errors are BIG headaches. In algebra, we're taught that slope = rise/run (vertical/horizontal; y/x; etc.). Early on, the book says resistance is slope of graph, but the horizontal (volts) and vertical (currents) are reversed; that is, the graph (shown in a figure) is of I/V, which is reciprocal of resistance.
I like the presentation of the book, and have recommended it to others, However, my caveat has always been explaining where the errors are so that students don't get confused. It is my hope that careful editing will improve future editions. The same errors being repeated over and over don't help anyone, nor do they reflect well on the publisher. Friendly criticism, I hope, for the book is (mostly) excellent. Best regards, ELC
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerardo Perez Rocha on March 14, 2014
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This is not a textbook, it's a self-teaching guide. I have been using it together with other sources of information (like the [...] online textbook which is amongst the sources recommended in this book) and it has been very helpful to structure my self-learning. This book alone does not contain anywhere close to the amount of information necessary to master these subjects, but again, it's a self-teaching guide, which is supposed to be used together with other sources of information.
It does contain a few typos. I wrote to Mr. Boysen to ask him about one and he kindly pointed me to a webpage with the errata for the book.
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