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Success in Electronics (Success Studybooks) (Success Studybooks) Paperback – November 30, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0719572050 ISBN-10: 0719572053 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Success Studybooks
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Trans-Atlantic Publications, Inc.; 2 edition (November 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719572053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719572050
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MrWhooHoo on July 23, 2012
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This book is in five main parts: Basic Electricity, Components, Linear Circuits, Digital Circuits and Electronic Systems. The book only assumes high school math, but does not shy away from using it. Instead of deriving all the formulae, they are simply stated, which, for practical use, is all you need. I built a number of circuits when I was younger, but I never really understood how they worked or why. This books explains clearly what all the components do, how they work together and what values they have to have. At last I understand what the important parameters are for transistors, how inductances and capacitors work together etc. The section on Linear Circuits covers audio amplifiers, rf amplifiers, op amps and linear ics. Digital Circuits covers basic transistor switching circuits, logic ics, memory ics, the 555 timer, digital to analogue and analogue to digital converters, oscillators and more. The section on Electronic Systems is a bit lame, but there is a good chapter on power supplies. This is designed as a first course in electronics for technicians, so it is still introductory, but it gives you a good overview and understanding of the field and is good preparation for advanced texts, such as The Art of Electronics. It is more theoretical than Charles Platt's Make: Electronics, but complements it well. It is a British book and now somewhat dated, which means that some of the semiconductors used are obsolete or difficult to find in the US, but check out their NTE equivalents. One of the positive features of this text is the incorporation of simple circuits to demonstrate certain phenomena, which you can construct yourself very easily.
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Over the years, as my interest in electronics waxed and waned, I've bought books on the subject. Turns out that I've bought this book twice (1st (my copy is from 1995)and 2nd (1997) editions) as it piqued my interest in learning with its clear layout, breadth of coverage and depth of information (from beginner to greater complexity).

As I enjoy currently a prolonged interest in electronics and amateur (ham) radio, I've dusted off my copy to re-read. The book allows me to select a topic, dip into the contents and learn with a clear understanding of what is happening inside a variety of circuits. As an example, there is a refreshingly accessible description of the subject of audio frequency amplifiers, the concept of feedback and input and output impedances. These concepts are built upon earlier topics such as junction transistors as amplifiers, and internal voltage (e.g. battery) source resistance, each earlier topic is referenced for 'refreshed reading' if needed.

The topics are littered with worked examples that show beginners how to read circuit behaviour from schematics, for example how negative feedback affects output voltages in amplifiers: worked exaamples of what localised voltages and currents interact and influence others. It is through these details that a true understanding of the interplay of simpler components in every circuit is built up, from essential use and reuse of Ohm's Law (V=IR) and Kirchoff's Laws (like the sum of currents into a junction equal the sum of currents flowing out).

Like many scientific texts, it is often hard to start reading in the middle of a book at areas of immediate interest, while skipping earlier chapters. Key ideas can be missed and the reader is left struggling to understand the assumed reading by the author.
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This book offers a quick introduction to electronic theory. I'll keep it as a nice handbook. If you're interested in learning more about electricity and electronics, I suggest a textbook, of which there are many. If you have good math skills, I recommend Schaums Basic Electricity. Doesn't have all the nice color photos as do textbooks, but it's clear, instructive, and provides many exercises.
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