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Excel by Example: A Microsoft Excel Cookbook for Electronics Engineers

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“Excel by Example...shows you how you can use the ubiquitous spreadsheet application to model and analyze parts of your design...can help you become more efficient in many of the small-scale aspects of design. These aspects can take a suprisingly large amount of your time and yield many benefits when you work efficiently. The author has written for Circuit Cellar, and he must know his subject...” - EDN August 2004

“This is an excellent resource for electronics engineers (and enthusiasts), and a great guide to the use of spreadsheet programs to high-end applications. Very well written and presented.” - PC Update Online, Major Keary

“Anyone involved with engineering applications will find useful information in this book ... Kagan presents complete examples that show how commands work together. The author provides examples that include a voltage-to-current converter, a mean-time-between-failures (MTBF) calculator, and a voltage-regulator circuit calculator. The examples are not static. In the MTBF example, you can create "what-if" conditions that let you apply variables to see how they affect an outcome.” - Jon Titus, Design News, May 15, 2006

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Other Excel tutorials cover a range of applications, most of which are not related to electronics. This book covers all the most common uses of Excel in electronics engineering in one handy and concise volume. The CD-ROM with all the Excell worksheets that electronics engineers can use directly is a valuable design tool.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes (June 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750677562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750677561
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,318,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in what was then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and have moved around a bit since then. I completed my electrical engineering degree at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology followed by an MBA at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

I immediately started working in electronics and was fortunate in being around as microprocessors made their first inroads into industry. I was mainly involved with designing controllers for industry and mines with projects encompassing coffee packaging machines, railroad communication controllers, hydrological data monitors, automatic calorimeters, and diamond sorters. The isolation (geographically, economically and later politically) of South Africa allowed me a wide range of experience with many aspects of the industry, not only with analog and digital circuitry design, but also the use of PCs including the use of spreadsheets to gather data and the early use of CAD.

I now live in Canada. Originally I worked on the specifications for the Canadarm 2 (the remote control arm on the International Space Station), but I am now involved with far less grandiose projects involving industrial signal conditioners and some custom controllers.

I have often felt that some of my solutions are original and I would like to share them. This led to a number of design ideas and articles, one of which launched my book "Excel by Example". I hope the breadth of my experiences enriches the many different ways that Excel is employed in the book.

I now blog periodically on www.microcontrollercentral.com

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I recommend this book highly.

The Excel spreadsheet software includes many capabilities most people do not think about when they use Excel for general business purposes. In this useful book, the author presents 16 complete examples from day-to-day electronics. Those examples include a voltage-to-current converter, a mean-time-between-failures (MTBF) calculator, a resistor color-code decoder using voice input, a voltage-regulator circuit calculator, and others. Instead of simply presenting and describing the examples, the author steps readers through the creation of the needed spreadsheets, formulas, graphs, formats, and other portions of the project.

The examples are not static. In the MTBF example, you will have an opportunity to create "scenarios" that let you try combinations of variables to determine what happens under "what if" conditions. The book comes with a CD-ROM that contains all the examples as well as an eBook version of the book. As you learn by doing, you'll gain experience using Excel so you can better apply it to your own engineering problems.

(Disclosure: I write for several magazines owned by Reed Elsevier, the parent company of the Newnes series of books. I do not work with the book-publishing group, however.)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P Chung on March 23, 2005
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This is book provide practical examples which are useful and helpful to me in my analogue design work, e.g. the variation of anlaogue reference voltages. Besides, this book also covers some digital applications. The book is easy to read and the spreadsheets are available in the enclosed CD ROM and we can use it as a reference, this saves me much time to regenerate the spreadsheet.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By halide colander on March 23, 2005
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This is a book you keep around because you forget all the tricks you pick up. I have a copy of the book and have used it a few times. Very handy in those situations where you need to use excel because everyone else is - its good that its for electrical engineers. Its good that it has those things that no one will teach you how to use.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruno De Souza Muswieck on May 18, 2008
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Great book that explore a lot Excel using all the examples on calculus in the electronics area.
A lot of examples let easier the electronic enginner live, using Excel in the best way for it.
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