Tab Electronics Guide to Understanding Electricity and Electronics 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071360579
ISBN-10: 0071360573
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by James K. Deane, Library Assistant at the Emporia Public Library, Kansas

In this thorough hobbyist's guide, electrical engineer Slone provides a sound overview of the basic theoretical concepts necessary to successfully build, maintain, or repair electronics. In addition, he addresses practical applications such as how to build a workbench, how to solder, and how to create a parts and materials inventory through salvaging. With 25 projects for readers to try, this is useful as a basic learning tool and an essential reference. -- Review

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No expensive tools required! Master electricity and electronics in the real world with practical, easy-to-build projects!

Open this book and--
*Understand the energy and applications that drive the modern world
*Build your own inexpensive electronics workbench
*Construct 25 useful projects that explore electrical and electronics power, principles, and applicationsHave you ever dreamed of mastering the energy and technology that's transforming life on Earth? Imagine yourself in control of electronics at your own hobby bench? Wanted the knowledge and skills to make your electronic equipment work better, to create new applications (even new inventions), and to be able to explain what's going on inside the high-tech devices you use every day? With this book, you're on your way. Popular Electronics writer G. Randy Slone can help you do it all. His TAB Electronics Guide to Understanding Electricity and Electronics launches you into the exciting world of electronics.

Practical and jovial, Randy tells you "watts" really going on. His reader-friendly guide will soon have you constructing exciting electronics projects, such as a state-of-the-art MOSFET audio amplifier that you build from scratch.

Electronics ABC's at Your Own Speed
You get every bit of help you need, from learning to solder and use test equipment to assembling a functional lab. Working at your own pace, you'll discover basic electrical concepts and components, transformer and ac voltage conversions, rectifiers, capacitors, resistors, zener diodes, integrated circuits, digital electronics, oscillators, and more.

You'll also find helpful information on suggested reading, sources of equipment and materials, schematic symbols, and commonly used equations. From a pared-down course in quantum physics to suggestions for removing solder, this true beginner's guide keeps you entertained and answers all your questions. It's like being taught by a friend. If you want to enjoy learning electronics, you've come to the right place.

*Percussion Synthesizer
*AM and FM Detector
*Emergency Auto Flasher
*Soldering Iron Controller
*Logic Probes and Pulser
*Light-Activated Relay
*General-Purpose Battery Charger
*Lab-Quality Audio Amplifier
*And Many Others


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Product Details

  • Series: Tab Electronics
  • Paperback: 459 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 2nd edition (July 21, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071360573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071360579
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful By TechnologyRocks on March 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm a systems analyst, and wanted to get into building *things* instead of just code. So, I bought a few electronics books and set out to learn. I quickly found out that many books expect a lot of background knowledge, or just briefly touch on something and then use the concept extensively later on. This all made learning quite frustrating.
That was until I found this book... This book is leaps and bounds above the others... The author explains things very clearly, and really starts from the begining. The writing style is very easy to read, and the projects in the book are actually useful. I've since bought this author's audio projects book, which is also very good.
Another thing that really impressed me about this book is that the author answers his email. I had a question about a modification I wanted to make to one of his designs, and he gave me a very detailed answer, and even sent me part numbers that would be appropriate for the task.
If you're setting out to learn electronics - this is definitely the book you want :)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
For most people, this a probably the best book available to self-teach yourself electronics. It briefly introduces the theoretical concepts, but it is mostly focused on the practical side of things. The first two chapters deal with the basics-- setting up a workstation, selecting tools, briefly introducing each component (later chapters go into much more detail), and finally about 35 pages or so on the underlying theories & laws. From there on, each chapter introduces a specific component type, covers more of the theory relevant to those components, and in most cases the chapter ends with one or more projects that use the component. The projects range from short (one or two pages) circuits, to fairly involved projects spread over multiple chapters. Unlike some eletcronic books, most of these projects will be generally useful. In most cases, you are building tools that you will probably continue to use as you skills develop (The first project, for example, is a dual variable power supply that any electronics hobbyist will find quite useful.)

There are a few minor problems with the book, though none of them warrant deducting a star. The biggest thing that I've noticed so far is the lack of photographs. There are a few photos in chapter one and two showing each tool and examples of the components, but there are no photos at all showing any of the projects. The projects are illustrated with line drawings & schematics, but in some cases the instructions would be clearer with the addition of photos. The section on soldering has the same problem. The text is quite clear, but the addition of a photo or two would be beneficial.

Another reviewer complains about schematic symbols being used without being introduced.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ron Eddy on November 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I want to say that this is the best electronics teach yourself book for beginners I have ever read (if this changes I will edit this review to reflect it). While I have advanced to more sophisticated books my footing is firmly planted in the theories and applications this book taught me.

After two years of electrical engineering schooling at the University of North Dakota I was doing well but always felt I didn't quite have a grasp on a lot of the basics (especially transistors, capacitors, and inductors). In engineering all we hear is theory and math and never is there anything really explained at a practical level (Such as for use in DIY projects). So I got this book without really knowing all that much about practical electronics principles. This book (along with Mr. Slone's other book (The Audiophile's Project Sourcebook)) got me through all of my labs and assigments in electronics (three semesters worth).

This book does not describe the nitty gritty theory of everything, but that isn't its purpose. The purpose of this book is to give the reader a working knowledge of electronics principles, and it does that VERY well. I wish I would have had this book many years ago...

As a compliment to this book I also read "Practical Electronics for Inventors" by Paul Scherz. In fact, I would be say that if you studied this book well and combined it with the previous two books (which will provide even more real world experience) you will come out of it with a better general knowledge of electronics than almost any electrical engineer out of college.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2002
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If you just read this, you will at least get a better idea of whats going on inside all those boxes around your housethat plug into the wall. If take the time to read and absorb the material you will be even more rewarded. But best of all, you should actually at least build the power supply that the author uses as a teaching tool. Even if you never build anything else, you will a lot more by doing this. Be warned, it is not like a kit where you just put all the pieces together. You will have a couple of problems to solve and most likely have to do some minor innovations.
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