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Understanding Basic Electronics (Publication No. 159 of the Radio Amateur's Library) Paperback – February 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0872593985 ISBN-10: 0872593983 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Publication No. 159 of the Radio Amateur's Library (Book 159)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Radio Relay League; 1 edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872593983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872593985
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By P. Jacobs on December 28, 2007
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This book provides a technical introduction for understanding electronics. Starting with the concept of moving electrons, it builds in short sections to cover voltage, amperage, AC and DC circuits, etc., up to semiconductors and integrated circuits.

Despite the whimsical cartoons used throughout the book, it is based from a quantitative and technical approach, starting out with a 60 page math review that includes logarithms, polar coordinates and trigonometry. Some of this may helpful as a refresher, but is much more in depth than what is required for the coverage of the book, where mostly simple algebra is needed. People who are not comfortable with math may find portions of this book confusing or intimidating.

Some of the explanations of components and concepts are quite clear. Others jump from a simple premise to a complex idea without a clear bridge. It did help me to understand several concepts and components which I never 'got', but other sections left me totally 'up in the air'.

The book is focused on circuits and components typically used in ham radios, but most of these (transistors, vacuum tubes, resistors, amplifiers, etc.) are used/have been used in a variety of electronic devices, and would be useful for a technically minded reader, even if not a 'ham'.

Some of the referential information is dated, with instructions for using calculators and computers from 1990, however, if you read past that, the electronics stuff remains current at this level.

Disapointing is the lack of summary information for circuits and components that can be used for reference, without having to dig it out of individual chapters each time it is needed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Purdue Fan on February 19, 2009
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Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn some basic E&M and circuitry. Really really helpful, especially if you tend to be a non-abstract thinker and have trouble visualizing little electrons whizzing around. Makes the abstract more concrete and it's written in a fun way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Anderson on March 19, 2014
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The book starts off with Math, where you get a review of the math concepts that are needed for electronics. You only learn the math you need, examples and questions are all electronics problems. Everything is simplified so a decent high school student could learn it. What you need and only what you need.
Then the book goes deeper, adding one concept at a time. Most chapters are only 2 pages, no filler, just what you need to learn. Easy to read and follow, well done.
The book is not all dry theory like textbooks, it is all practical, designed to get you up and running in the shortest amount of time.
I am sure the new issue is even better, but for the price, this book should be in everyones library.

Start with this book and Make: Electronics, then when you are ready, buy the Art of Electronics. You will be well on your way to mastery of the basics.
Good luck
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marvin ñelson on June 9, 2013
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This book has most of the formulas that I use and additional data that I find useful.
I am up in years so memory needs s little help
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