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Practical Electronics for Inventors 2/E (EBOOK) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Scherz
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Book Description

THE BOOK THAT MAKES ELECTRONICS MAKE SENSE



This intuitive, applications-driven guide to electronics for hobbyists, engineers, and students doesn't overload readers with technical detail. Instead, it tells you-and shows you-what basic and advanced electronics parts and components do, and how they work. Chock-full of illustrations, Practical Electronics for Inventors offers over 750 hand-drawn images that provide clear, detailed instructions that can help turn theoretical ideas into real-life inventions and gadgets.

CRYSTAL CLEAR AND COMPREHENSIVE



Covering the entire field of electronics, from basics through analog and digital, AC and DC, integrated circuits (ICs), semiconductors, stepper motors and servos, LCD displays, and various input/output devices, this guide even includes a full chapter on the latest microcontrollers. A favorite memory-jogger for working electronics engineers, Practical Electronics for Inventors is also the ideal manual for those just getting started in circuit design. If you want to succeed in turning your ideas into workable electronic gadgets and inventions, is THE book. Starting with a light review of electronics history, physics, and math, the book provides an easy-to-understand overview of all major electronic elements, including: Basic passive components o Resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers o Discrete passive circuits o Current-limiting networks, voltage dividers, filter circuits, attenuators o Discrete active devices o Diodes, transistors, thrysistors o Microcontrollers o Rectifiers, amplifiers, modulators, mixers, voltage regulators

ENTHUSIASTIC READERS HELPED US MAKE THIS BOOK EVEN BETTER



This revised, improved, and completely updated second edition reflects suggestions offered by the loyal hobbyists and inventors who made the first edition a bestseller. Reader-suggested improvements in this guide include:
  • Thoroughly expanded and improved theory chapter

  • New sections covering test equipment, optoelectronics, microcontroller circuits, and more

  • New and revised drawings

  • Answered problems throughout the book



Practical Electronics for Inventors takes you through reading schematics, building and testing prototypes, purchasing electronic components, and safe work practices. You'll find all thisin a guide that's destined to get your creative-and inventive-juices flowing.



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THE BOOK THAT MAKES ELECTRONICS MAKE SENSE

This intuitive, applications-driven guide to electronics doesn't overload you with technical detail. Instead, it tells you -- and shows you -- what basic and advanced electronics parts and components do, and how they work. Practical Electronics for Inventors offers over 750 hand-drawn images that provide clear, detailed instructions that can help turn theoretical ideas into realities.

CRYSTAL CLEAR AND COMPREHENSIVE
Covering the entire field of electronics, from basics through analog and digital, AC and DC, integrated circuits (ICs), semiconductors, stepper motors and servos, ICD displays, and various input/output devices, this guide even includes a full chapter on the latest microcontrollers. If you want to succeed in turning your ideas into workable electronic gadgets and inventions, this is THE book.

ENTHUSIASTIC READERS HELPED US MAKE THIS BOOK EVEN BETTER
This revised, improved, and completely updated second edition reflects suggestions offered by the loyal hobbyists, students, and inventors who made the first edition a bestseller.

Reader-suggested improvements in this guide include:

  • Thoroughly expanded and improved theory chapter
  • New sections covering test equipment, optoelectronics, microcontroller circuits, and more
  • Answered problems throughout the book

Practical Electronics for Inventors takes you through reading schematics, building and testing prototypes, purchasing electronic components, and safe work practices. You'll find all this in a guide that's destined to get your creative -- and inventive -- juices flowing.

New projects, sample problems, and much more!

Starting with a light review of electronics history, physics, and math, the book provides an easy-to-understand overview of all major electronic elements, including:

  • Basic passive components
  • Resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers
  • Discrete passive circuits
  • Current-limiting networks, voltage dividers, filter circuits, attenuators
  • Discrete active devices
  • Diodes, transistors, thrysistors
  • Microcontrollers
  • Rectifiers, amplifiers, modulators, mixers, voltage regulators

About the Author

Paul Scherz is a physicist/mechanical engineer who received his B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin. His area of interest in physics focuses on elementary particle interactions. Paul is an inventor/hobbyist in electronics, an area he grew to appreciate through his experience at the University's Department of Nuclear Engineering Physics and the Department of Plasma Physics.

Product Details

  • File Size: 51761 KB
  • Print Length: 952 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 2 edition (November 14, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EPVBX6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,942 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great information & presentation, too many errata July 29, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book's intended audience is the serious engineer (probably with an engineering degree in a field other than electronics) looking to get into electronics. The book's title hints at this, and the book delivers on this level. This book is too advanced for the neophyte dabbler without any math background, who will quickly get lost in the math and the lack of "cookbook" examples. Make no mistake, there are plenty of example circuits, but they're provided to illustrate concepts-- they're not intended to be a recipe for constructing a real circuit (that's for the engineer to do!)

MATH: To appreciate this book, you must have a decent math background. This includes a solid working knowledge of advanced algebra and trigonometry, along with a 10000 foot view of calculus. A full working knowledge of actually solving differential equations is NOT required, but it's extremely helpful to know what derivatives and integrals look like and what they generally mean. However, the author never requires that you actually know how to solve any differential equations. Also, this book uses complex number theory, but the author provides all the details of complex number theory in the book, so there is no need to know it before reading.

After all those caveats, this is an excellent comprehensive introductory book on virtually all fundamental phenomenon and components of electronics. This includes the physics of the various electrical phenomenon, the real-life components that make up electronic circuits, and the basic "building-block" circuits that real-life circuits are built from. See the table of contents in Amazon's "look-inside" feature for an idea of the scope of topics.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay resource if you look past the errors September 29, 2008
Format:Paperback
Just got the second edition. Most of the errors are still there. Glaring math errors. Schematic errors. Simple Example: 100 Watts/12 Volts is NOT 0.8 Amps. It's 8.4 Amps. Nor is 1.5 Volts * .1 Amps = .1 Watts. Both of these errors appear on page 15. These are minor examples. There are many others that aren't so minor and will send you down the wrong path. The errors are frequent and irritating. Basically, this is a resource only useful to readers willing to double check every concept before applying any of it. Hardly "practical".
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Ok, so I see people praising this book and hating it. Those kind of reviews bug me because I can never make up my mind on a book. Fortunately, I bought this book already and didn't read these reviews.

Here's my take. I'm 8 years out of college and working for a big electronics company. I like this book. I need something to help me tinker with electronics and at the same time provide theory. I like the balance that this book strikes. I want to be able to look up old semiconductor company IC logos and at the same time read about RLC ckts resonating. That practical knowledge is hard to come by. There are plenty of good theory books, but I'm tired of amassing a library of many specialized, academic-style books. This book is not a text book, so the "inventor" part of the title should be paid attention to. If you want practice questions for theory understanding, buy a Schaum's Outline. This is the book to grab if you want to suddenly look up a basic logic gate that you forgot or you want to learn/review FM radio.

This book and Art of Electronics will get you into electronics with practical understanding. Get those and some of Forrest Mim's books for simple projects and you'll be good to go.

Good luck.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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The first edition was great, but was plagued with errors and typos. The second edition has many of these corrected, but unfortunately many remain. I've started collecting them in amazon's wiki, at the bottom of the product page, and I hope you will contribute too as you find errors.

The second edition also has a greatly expanded theory section. It's improved in many ways--for example the explanation of what inductors do and how they work is now correct. But it is much longer, and you might not want to read all about magnetic fields and non-ideal capacitive effects in inductors if you really just want to know what inductors do in a circuit.

Overall, you get a huge amount of information for a low price, and it includes a lot of detailed practical information that it's hard to find in textbooks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mistakes everywhere!!! February 12, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First of all I would like to emphasize that this is a review of the second edition. Other reviewers pointed to the mistakes in the book and I also found many - look at the photos I'll upload (one with my comment in red), so that you can see for yourself.
The author says that many mistakes were corrected in this edition - I can't imagine how many were in the first one if almost in every example (at least to page 50) there is a mistake!
I wanted to learn electronics and absorb facts and knowledge with this book... But with so many mistakes - I don't know what information can be trusted in this book. Then what is the purpose of having it? To check if the book is wrong (or right) by referring to other sources?
I DO NOT recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars On my bookshelf
This isnt really a book that is read straight through in my opinion. I have gone through it but I haven close read it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by b00kll0vr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book for both a basic first understanding of the subject or a review of a wide expanse of topics. I have 2 graduate degrees in EE so I'm in the 2nd category. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richard Carlson
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget to down load the 28 pages of typos and mistakes
It is hard enough to learn electronics without having to speculate on the validity of what you are reading. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource book to have handy
Well organized and easy to follow. Thisbook was delivered on time, as promised, with no problems or damage, It is a great reference and meets my needs.
Published 5 months ago by David Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great technical book. Not for beginners/kids!
Gets into the theoretical details of the physics and math concepts involved, but also includes all of the practical stuff you need to really build things. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andrew J Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Adequate Introduction to electronic stuff
The book covers all the basics regarding electronic components and how they are used. The book gives a solid introduction to anyone who doesn't know anything about electronic... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marvin Lemus
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for a reference in our libray.
A well written book and is has great many examples tol explain nearly every subject in electronics.

Larry A. Boreham
Published 11 months ago by Lawrence A. Boreham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference!
This broungt me back to the days of tranststors and the circuits if used to deal with on a daily basis. Read more
Published 17 months ago by James A. Bremner
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a Classic - Plus info for Kindle Users
I will only briefly summarize what many others have already said: comprehesive coverage of introductory to intermediate electronics, be prepared to do some math (a working... Read more
Published 22 months ago by James W. Stelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I invent and tinker all the time. This book covers electronics very well to create electronic ideas into reality. Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by Richard Friese
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