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ISBN-13: 978-0071459334 ISBN-10: 0071459332 Edition: 4th

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Quickly and easily learn the hows and whys behind basic electricity, electronics, and communications –- at your own pace, in your own home

Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics offers easy-to-follow lessons in electricity and electronics fundamentals and applications from a master teacher, with minimal math, plenty of illustrations and practical examples, and test-yourself questions that make learning go more quickly. Great for preparing for amateur and commercial licensing exams, this trusted guide offers uniquely thorough coverage, ranging from dc and ac concepts and circuits to semiconductors and integrated circuits.

The best course –- and source –- in basic electronics

  • Starts with the basics and takes you through advanced applications such as radiolocation and robotics
  • Packed with learning-enhancing features: clear illustrations, practical examples, and hundreds of test questions
  • Helps you solve current-voltage-resistance-impedance problems and make power calculations
  • Teaches simple circuit concepts and techniques for optimizing system efficiency
  • Explains the theory behind advanced audio systems and amplifiers for live music
  • Referenced by thousands of students and professionals
  • Written by an author whose name is synonymous with clarity and practical sense

Updated to reflect the latest technological trends! The Fourth Edition features new information on:

  • Wireless technology
  • Computers and the Internet
  • Transducers
  • Sensors
  • Robotics
  • Audio systems
  • Navigation
  • Radiolocation
  • Integrated circuits

About the Author

Stan Gibilisco is one of McGraw-Hill's most prolific and popular authors, specializing in electronics and science topics. His clear, reader-friendly writing style makes his science books accessible to a wide audience, and his background in research makes him an ideal editor for professional references and course materials. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of Electronics; The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing; and several titles in the popular Demystified library of home-schooling and self-teaching books. His published works have won numerous awards. The Encyclopedia of Electronics was chosen a "Best Reference Book of the 1980s" by the American Library Association, which also named his McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing a "Best Reference of 1996." Stan Gibilisco maintains a Web site at www.sciencewriter.net.
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Product Details

  • Series: Teach Yourself
  • Paperback: 698 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 4 edition (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071459332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071459334
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Welcome to my Amazon Home Page! Thanks for your interest in my work. I maintain a Web site at sciencewriter.net for computers and sciencewriter.net/tablets for tablets, wireless e-book readers, and smartphones. On both sites, I offer explanations for the chapter-ending quiz answers in some of my books. Please follow the "Quiz Explanations" links. You can also view videos that explain the answers to the final exam questions in the fifth edition of "Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics" and the second editions of "Alternative Energy Demystified," "Electricity Demystified," "Electronics Demystified," "Everyday Math Demystified," "Geometry Demystified," "Trigonometry Demystified," and "Physics Demystified." Please follow the "Exam Videos" link on the applicable "Quiz Explanations" table-of-contents page.

Customer Reviews

As a teacher I find this book to be very helpful for the students to use as reference material.
Joseh J. Villademoros
Lots of simple, easy to understand diagrams and a layman's explanation make this a book you don't have to be a technogeek to understand.
John Public
If you're just starting out in electronics this book would make a great companion to your texts.
John Lawler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

107 of 107 people found the following review helpful By obug on June 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Just to make this clear, I'm writing this as somebody who does NOT have a degree in Electrical Engineering. I've been trying to get into electronics for years and have tried many different books.

I'll break this review into three sections as I think this book needs three different ratings.

1. 5 stars for teaching basic electronics theory and concepts. The majority of the theory is in the first two sections of the book. After wrestling with "The Art of Electronics" and the 1st edition of "Practical Electronics for Inventors" for years this was the book that finally made sense. The chapters are well paced and the tests are a good way to help think about what you've learned.

2. 3 stars for Section 3. This is an issue because section 3 is where the book starts with diodes, transistors, and electronics circuits. As far as helping us understand electronics, this section is not even near the level of the first two sections of the book. More importantly, the author does not adequately explain the circuits presented.

3. 1 or 2 stars for teaching "Practical" skills. After moving through almost 3 sections of this book, I understand a lot of theory but can't understand what is going in a basic circuit when I look at one. This book is completely lacking in the practical aspect. I assumed all this would be explained in the third section but it isn't.

I think this would be a great first book. You will, however, need other books to learn some practical skills, which is why you wanted to get into electronics in the first place.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By John Lawler on June 30, 2007
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This is a great introduction to electronics. If you're just starting out in electronics this book would make a great companion to your texts.

Clear simple explainations actually make it a fun read. You can easily read this one cover to cover.

My background is in electrical/computer engineering (graduated from Purdue Cal in 1996).
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By William Maloy on July 17, 2007
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I bought this text to help me bone up on electronics as part of my HAM Radio advocation. I did not expect such a complete work. As I said in the title you will use this as a reference for years to come. I feel like I got more than my monies worth!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Public on December 11, 2008
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This one is really good. It starts off assuming you know absolutely nothing about electricity other than you shouldn't stick knives in electrical sockets and ramps you up. Lots of simple, easy to understand diagrams and a layman's explanation make this a book you don't have to be a technogeek to understand. Unlike most college textbook authors, this person WANTS you to understand what they are saying. I really liked the quizzes at the end of each chapter, and the schematic symbol appendix.

There is a bit of a downside (or upside depending on what you are looking for). While the author presents the basic formulas and theory very clearly, with lots of examples, there is not an awful lot of "extra" math or theory. He of course drills on stuff like capacitors in parallel/series, phase diagrams, and power formulas but (for example) in discussing magnetism the author does not tell you about the (force current) hand rules, or which side is north on a coil of wire. This is great if you want to understand magnetism, but not so good if you want to do calculations.

If you want to learn how to wire a house, design a computer, build a motor, or get into short wave radio, this probably isn't the book for you. If you want to thoroughly understand basic concepts, electrical components, and some motor concepts, this is worth looking at. As for me, within 4 hours of getting this book it was my favorite among the 2 dozen electrical books I have.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bob Firth on May 19, 2008
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This book is fairly comprehensive in terms of describing various electronic phenomena and the formulas which govern them. However, it is lacking in explanations of why things are the way they are. For a teach yourself guide there is not enough information to build up a good mental model of how electronic components really work. For example, this book teaches you that in a capacitor current leads the voltage by a 90 degree, but it gives absolutely no reason why this is so. If you want to learn the mathematic side of electronics this book would be a great resource, but if you want to understand how electricity and electronic components work in detail, you will be disappointed.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. Roberts on March 8, 2008
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Thanks very much for giving such a clear vision of how circuits work. I was really lost in my electronic's class. Your explanations of how voltage, resistance, and current interplay was a big help to me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Driggs Swixx on October 1, 2008
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This book presents difficult topics in an easy-to-understand fashion. Its sparing use of math equations (for instance, the differential equation for inductance is not covered, but its effects are) may be a boon or hindrance, depending on your needs and math skills. Still, I whole heatedly recommend this book to anyone new to electronics, or anyone brushing up on their skills.

I've been very impressed that I have found no spelling or grammatical errors in this book. This author knows the difference between "its", "it's", "you're" and "your" (which if you're a grammar policeman like myself, is a breath of fresh air)
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