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Electrical Engineering 101, Third Edition: Everything You Should Have Learned in School...but Probably Didn't Paperback – September 9, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0123860019 ISBN-10: 0123860016 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 3 edition (September 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123860016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123860019
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a great book because the author is taking basic theory and providing the reader with some good intuitive tools to gain a foothold on how components work.

Many textbook authors in the circuit analysis arena (or electrical engineering as a broader area) tend to do one of 3 things: a) Over explain a concept until the reader loses track of what he is doing b) Skip too many steps in showing the derivation of a formula or the solving of a problem. c) Place more emphasis on the mathematics associated with specific problem rather than the problems significance.

The author clearly avoids these traps. His text is reminiscent of a bygone era where engineering books actually sought to explain concepts and their significance."

"I would recommend this book to anyone interested in electronics. This book helped me understand concepts that I struggled with in class and for years after school."

"This is what more educational institutions need - someone who can take a subject and simplify it so that it is easy to recall. I have a BSEE and these topics were always taught from just a mathematical standpoint. The author takes the subject and teaches it in a way that is easily memorable."

"My background is Mechanical Engineering and I found this book to be extremely useful and interesting. I purchased this book in order to get a better understanding of the EE basics. Like most universities a ME takes an EE 101 course that is essentially a weed out course. The problem with a weed out course is that in the end you don't have a solid understanding of what the underlying basics are. If this sounds familiar, you should definitely buy this book."

"This book is an easy read after you've gone through EE. Makes you see the forest from the trees. Spend so much time in early circuits classes just trying to figure out currents, gains and voltages that all I could do was the math (the trees). This book has helped not only to review concepts, but to help me see what these components are doing (the forest). Enjoying the book."

"I enjoyed this book very much. I especially liked the software on the CD, which had nice tools to work with. I enjoyed the clarity in the writing and the informal style. I was having trouble grasping concepts in some of the more formal books on EE, which made it sound more like magic than science. The way the author related EE concepts to mechanical ones helped tremendously. I recommend this book highly, if you are new to electronics."

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Electrical Engineering 101 covers the basic theory and practice of electronics, starting by answering the question "What is electricity?" It goes on to explain the fundamental principles and components, relating them constantly to real world examples. Sections on tools and troubleshooting give engineers deeper understanding and the knowhow to create and maintain their own electronic design projects. Unlike other books that simply describe electronics and provide step by step build instructions, Electronics Engineering 101 delves into how and why electricity and electronics work, giving the reader the tools to take their electronics education to the next level.

Darren Ashby builds a genuine understanding of the fundamentals and shows how they can be applied to a range of engineering problems. This third edition includes more real world examples and a glossary of formulae. It contains new coverage of microcontrollers, FPGAs, memory, surface mount, high speed design, board layout, advanced digital electronics, use of test equipment and transistor, op amp and logic circuits and circuit design.


More About the Author

EE turned Director, jack of all trades master of none, and with the help of spell checking, now an author. Motors, power and speed are my addiction, electronics and gadgets are my fascination. I hope to one day extend my writing to the scifi genre as that is my favorite read. Right now I'm comptemplating a super hero graphic novel about a girl with Quantum physics based powers, I think I'll call her QuantEm. Any artists out there want to collaborate?

Occationally I tweet really profound stuff under the call sign of sparkyguru, and if you want to contact me for complaints, praise or general ruminations I can be reached at dashby@raddd.com

Customer Reviews

All students in electrical engineering should read this book.
lauriovan
I am really enjoying reading this book and have already learned a lot about electrical engineering.
Patrick Regan
The text is written in a way that is easy to understand, easy to follow, and quite interesting.
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Electrical Engineering 101 surprised me. The author, rather than beset the reader with a fact after fact, takes the approach of teaching you how to intuit information about electrical engineering by presenting, in a top down fashion, the most important things to think about when designing circuits. For example, the author emphasizes the importance of Ohm's Law illustrating why it is so important with several examples. In addition, the author likens the basic aspects of circuits: current, voltage, capacitors, resistors and inductors to their analogous counterparts in physics, for example he likens resistors to friction and capacitors to springs and inductors to mass. This combination of encouraging the development of an intuition about electrical engineering and a clear prioritizing of the important over the less important permeates this book. I am really enjoying reading this book and have already learned a lot about electrical engineering. Before reading this book I knew a lot of facts about electrical engineering but I was not able to connect them together. Electrical Engineering 101 has helped me pull all these facts together.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By T. Jolly on September 10, 2013
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NOTE; This review was for the second printing. The third printing has fixed about half the errors, and deleted some of the others, but there are still many there, as I just thumbed through the sample pages to check. The (-t/tau) formulas have been removed, and the 1/Rt corrected. The bad formulas for 3 resistors/inductors in parallel are still there, along with the defective Thevinized circuit, explained below.

I actually can't believe this book made it to a second printing. Many of the engineering formulas are incorrect. In Chapter 2, I counted no less than 8 incorrectly stated equations; if you aren't familiar with electronics already, you wouldn't notice the mistakes, but heaven help you if you tried to design anything using the bad equations. In Equation 2.4, the exponent is supposed to be (-t/tau) and is shown instead as (-tau/rc), and then the text defines RC = tau. It just doesn't work. In equation 2.12, the author tries to explain the calculation for 3 resistors in parallel as calculating 2 resistors in parallel, and then redoing the calculation to add in the third resistor. This is wrong, too, and fairly easy to prove it's wrong just by sticking in 3 different values and calculating them with R1 and R2 first, then adding in R3, and then doing R2 and R3 first, followed by R1. Then, in the footnotes, a variation of the formula (Rt = 1/R1 + 1/R2 + 1/R3) is shown, though the first term should be 1/Rt. This will also give you bad results. Don't believe me? Try plugging actual values into the supposedly equivalent equations. He duplicates all these errors in the formulas for parallel/series capacitance and inductance, even in the footnotes.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Birman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2011
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I'm not an electrical engineer nor do I aspire to be. Nevertheless, I am surrounded by objects whose functions are crucial to my daily life but whose inner workings are both off-limits and mysterious. These objects include computers of various shapes and sizes, video screens whose complexity and importance keep growing, audio and video equipment whose functionality keeps increasing even as their weight continues to diverge (my audio components gain mass with inverse proportionality to my video equipment). Some knowledge of how these things function and the theory behind it seems absolutely necessary even if that knowledge must by necessity be fairly rudimentary. Electrical Engineering 101 provides a good solid overview of the subject without getting lost in arcane details that would only confuse the layman.

Beginning with a discussion of electricity, it progresses to the theoretical principles that underlay the various devices and gadgets that are the current architecture of our lives. I was curious about the inner workings of a cell phone and the system that makes it all work so I looked it up in here and found the answers I sought quickly and clearly. This experience was repeated on several occasions when encountering other topics. Although the book is slightly technical, if you confront it with common sense and the will to understand even if it means re-reading some passages, there is nothing that the average intelligent reader will find impenetrable. For the dedicated and determined neophyte Electrical Engineering 101 is a nice introduction to a vast and often difficult subject.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SkyeNoir on September 20, 2012
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From my hubby, who I got this:

Like much of the math, biology, etc that we've al forgotten since highschool, electrical engineering principles can get lost if not use for some time. I found Electrical Engineering 101 to be a great way to refresh my memory of all the stuff that seems to have been offloaded over the years. It covers all the major topics in a down to earth, easy to understand way. I'd be willing to bet that one with no background at all could pick up the book and learn the basic behind EE. Several of my coworkers have noticed it on my desk and thumbed through it, and I later spotted a copy on their desks as well.
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