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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
a very good book, July 12, 2007
I'm not sure why there are so many poor reviews of this book. I used the 2nd edition years ago and liked it  this 3rd edition continues to be very good.
It's approach is simple, clear & direct. The math is mostly algebra & trigonometry based with a bit of calculus thrown in here and there. This makes it very approachable especially if you don't have much experience with electronics. It's much clearer than Brophy ever was and more detailed than Faissler's book (Introduction to Modern Electronics).
I find many university level intro electronics books don't give enough motivation i.e. how you actually use the stuff. Electronics is, after all, an intensely PRACTICAL subject. This book throughout shows you where and how it relates to scientific applications. Chapter 7 on transducers and chapter 15 on noise are good intros to these areas in this regard.
dislikes: 30% (170/577 pages) of book is devoted to datasheets. Why I don't know. In every intro electronics course I've seen datasheets are rarely used. And just how likely is it that you'll need the ones in this book?  usually you'll need sheets for some oddball component in the lab portion of a course. These pages are a waste and should have been devoted to something else.
It would've been nice to have endofchapter references to more advanced works. Glossary would have been nice,too.

if you want a more rigorous intro book use "Principles of Electronics: Analog and Digital" by Lloyd R. Fortney.
If you want more info on transducers, practical building and noise reduction techniques look at 1) "Electronics and Instrumentation for Scientists" by Malmstadt/Enke/Crouch, 2) "Measurement and Instrumentation Principles" 3rd Edition by Alan S. Morris, 3) "Signal Recovery from Noise in Electronic Instrumentation" by T.H. Wilmshurst, 4) "Electronic Instrument Handbook" by Clyde F. Coombs and 5) "Building Scientific Apparatus" by Moore/Davis/Coplan









7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
the only thing I can say is WOW !, June 24, 2007
This is a very interesting and unusual book. It's entitled "Analog Electronics" but it doesn't cover DC or AC circuits, circuit theorems, inductors, capacitors, RC/RL/RLC transient circuit analysis, meters, magnetism or transformers. What, then, does it cover?
You get v. extensive coverage of pn diodes and diode circuits, comparators, filters, timing/waveform generation, oscillators, power supplies. The heart of the book is devoted to providing indepth coverage of solid state amplifiers especially BJTs. Covers OpAmps at length and FETs to a lesser extent. Plus lots of extras  phase locked loops, regulators, FM, VCOs and more. Contains end of chapter problems too.
Book is designed for technical students in community colleges. The math is straightforward (basic algebra) and the various equations are mostly presented without derivation. Could be used by university students to gain basic understanding before moving on to their more formal analysis work.
Best part of the book: The author's diagrams are ridiculously clear and well laid out on the page. The only book that equals this one for diagram clarity is "Basic Electricity" by Van Valkenburgh, Nooger & Neville, ISBN 0790610418 first published in 1954.
Also, the explanations are excellent  unlike most technical authors he uses plain English (not math) to explain how the circuits work before plunging into further analysis. University professors should take note  this is how to write a clear textbook.
TOC:
1. Analog Electronics: The Quiet Revolution 2. Semiconductor Diodes 3. Diode Circuits 4. Introduction to Transistors 5. Practical Transistor Circuit Analysis 6. Multistage and Power Amplifiers 7. Fieldeffect Transistors 8. Introduction to Operational Amplifiers 9. Comparators 10. Timing and Waveform Generation 11. Active Filters and Sinewave Oscillators 12. Advanced Analog Signalprocessing Devices, Circuits, and Techniques 13. Power Control and Interfacing Appendix 1: Answers to Oddnumbered Questions and Problems Appendix 2: Blank Transistor Circuit Analysis Worksheets Glossary Index
There's probably lots of overlap between this work and his 1973 book, "Practical Transistor Circuit Design and Analysis".
For coverage of basic resistors, capacitors etc try "Basic Electronics: Components, Devices, and Circuits" by William P. Hand, Gerald E. Williams or maybe "Principles of Electronics" by Colin D. Simpson









8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
one of the best books out there for novices, June 22, 2007
Designed to accompany the Electronics Technician distance education program (George Brown college). offers a concise and practical overview of basic principles for technician  need only understand high school algebra and trig.
Use it along with the free, student version of CircuitLogix (electronic circuit simulator which utilizes PSpice  allows for the simulation of electronic devices, models, and circuits).
This has to be one of the simplest, takeiteversoeasy introductions to analog electronics. If you can't learn electronics from this you never will. Since it's for community college students there's lots of practical info on troubleshooting and basic component identification not found in university books. Another nice thing: each chapter begins with a practical application problem which you'll be able to solve by the end of the chapter. Solution for each is found at end of chapter. Provides wonderful motivation.
Problems good too for practice.
Only downside: some may be frustrated by v. slow pace. e.g.: he only starts putting resistors in seriesparallel combination on page 148 of a 760 page book.
TOC:
1. Introduction 2. Current, Voltage, and Resistance 3. Ohm's Law, Power, and Energy 4. Series Circuits 5. Parallel Circuits 6. SeriesParallel Circuits. 7. DC Measuring Instruments. 8. Network Theorems 9. Magnetism 10. The Magnetic Circuit 11. Alternating Voltages and Currents 12. AC Measuring Instruments and Troubleshooting Equipment 13. Capacitance and Capacitors 14. Inductance and Inductors 15. Transformers 16. Alternating Current Circuits 17. Resonance 18. Coupling and Filter Circuits 19. Semiconductor Fundamentals 20. Transistors and Thyristors 21. Amplifier Circuits 22. Operational Amplifiers (OpAmps) 23. Digital Electronics Appendices. Table of Standard Resistor Values. Magnetic Parameter Conversions. The Greek Alphabet and Common Meanings. Device Data Sheets. Answers to OddNumbered Questions and Problems. Glossary. Index.









description from publisher, June 16, 2007
Designed for students who have no previous background in circuit theory or electronics, this text provides a sufficiently broad and thorough exposure to practical electronics to permit the immediate application of electronic circuits and instruments to laboratory and research work. Because these applications involve increasingly sophisticated concepts in signal processing, this book includes practical introductions to network theory, linear system theory, modulation and detection, noise, guarding and shielding, and analog and digital instrumentation. Thus, this book can be used as a textbook for an introductory first course in electrical engineering, as a textbook for onesemester "Electronics for Scientists and Engineers" survey course, or as a selfstudy primer for the professional scientist or engineer who needs additional background in the theory and practice of electronics.









5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
table of contents, June 16, 2007
Voltage, Current and Resistance Thevenin and Norton Capacitance Alternating Current (AC) Bandwidth Inductance Complex Numbers: Impedance Operational Amplifiers and Negative Feedback Integration and Differentiation The Diode and the Bipolar Transistor The Field Effect Transistor (FET) Equivalent Circuits for Diodes and Transistors Gates Sequential Logic Resonance and Ringing Fourier's Theorem Transformers and 3Phase Supplies Appendix A: Thevenin's Theorem Appendix B: Exponentials Index









2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
suitable for 3rd year EE students, June 15, 2007
This book is intended for 3rd year electrical engineering students encountering their "Introduction to Electronics" course.
Covers basic semiconductor physics, BJTs, JFETs and MOSFETs, power supplies, feedback and opamps.
Has copious number of algebraic and simulation problems.
Covers the design & analysis of the above named circuits in excruciatingly great detail.









3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
alternatives to Ingle & Crouch, June 3, 2007
I agree this book can be heavy going. Fortunately, there are LOTS of good books for all you graduate students in analytical chemistry:
Analytical Atomic Spectrometry with Flames and Plasmas by José A.C. Broekaert
Spectrochemical Analysis by Atomic Absorption and Emission by Lauri H. J. Lajunen
Atomic Spectroscopy in Elemental Analysis by Michael Cullen
Atomic Absorption Spectrometry by S.J. Haswell (Editor)
Atomic Absorption Spectrometry by Bernhard Welz, Michael Sperling
Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry by George E. Tranter (Editor), John L. Holmes (Editor), John C. Lindon (Editor)
A Practical Guide to Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry by David J. Butcher & Joseph Sneddon
Electrothermal Atomization for Analytical Atomic Spectrometry by Kenneth W. Jackson (Editor)
Flow Analysis with Atomic Spectrometric Detectors by A. SanzMedel(Editor)
Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry and its Applications by Stephen J. Hill (Editor)
Inductively Coupled Plasmas in Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, by Akbar Montaser (Editor), D.W. Golightly (Editor)
Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry and its Applications by Steve Hill (Editor)
Methodology, Instrumentation and Performance, Part 1, Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectroscopy by P.W.J.M. Boumans
Applications and Fundamentals, Part 2, Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectroscopy by P.W.J.M. Boumans









1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
overview book on elemental analysis, June 3, 2007
This book provides a very general overview of elemental instrumental analysis (as opposed to molecular/chromatographic methods). Suitable for someone who is not an analytical chemist but requires knowledge of their methods.
Two good alternative titles which cover both elemental and molecular analysis: (A) Chemical Instrumentation: A Systematic Approach by Strobel & Heineman (B) Chemical Analysis: Modern Instrumentation Methods and Techniques by Rouessac & Rouessac.









2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
not as good as his Analog book, June 3, 2007
I have to say I didn't enjoy this book as much as the author's previous effort, "Analog Electronics for Scientific Application". Maybe I have a better intuitive feel for analog vs. digital but the present book seems quite abstract and abstruse. I kept wondering  "OK, now how would this be used in an actual practical circuit?". Maybe there's something inherent in the subject  digital electronics  that doesn't lend itself to easy application.
Chapters 710 discuss a specific microprocessor, the MOS Technology 6502.
1. Digital Logic Elements 2. Gate Circuits 3. Basic FlipFlops and Registers 4. FlipFlop Circuits 5. Logic Family Pulse Generation 6. Digital Instruments 7. Microprocessor Fundamentals 8. General Considerations of Hardware and Software 9. 6502 Programming for Algorithmic Processes 10. Characteristics and Application of 6502 Support Devices









2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
very good on the basics, June 3, 2007
Don't let the previous review dissuade from this book. This is a fine, albeit simple, approach to electronics. The author has a good writing style giving lots of qualitative descriptions of the basics.
Having said that, it is lacking a bit in the comprehensiveness department.
The chapter on Transducers is solid and the opamp chapter is very good, too. Best thing about the book are the end of chapter review exercises and problems. New material is often introduced here and you have to have a good understanding of the chapter material to answer them. It's not just plugnchug from given equations to get an answer.
The author is also to be commended for showing how the material relates to actual circuits that scientists could use. Most electronics books seem to leave out this critical motivational material.
Contents:
1. Passive Components and Networks 2. Important Electronic Instruments 3. Transducers 4. Diodes and Power Supplies 5. Amplifier Behavior 6. Operational Amplifier and Electronic Function Blocks 7. WaveformShaping Circuits 8. Discrete Electronic Devices


