- Paperback: 261 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 9, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521154308
- ISBN-13: 978-0521154307
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Basic Electronics for Scientists and Engineers by Dennis Eggleston is an example of how the most important material in the introduction to electronics can be presented within a one semester time frame. The text is written in a nice logical sequence and is beneficial for students majoring in all areas of the Natural Science. In addition, many examples and detailed introduction of all equations allows this course to be taught to students of different background - sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Overall, the effort of the author is thrilling and, definitely, this text will be popular among many instructors and students."
Anatoliy Glushchenko, Department of Physics and Energy Science, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
"This text is an excellent choice for undergraduates majoring in Physics. It covers the basics, running from passive components through diodes, transistors and op-amps to digital electronics. This makes it self-contained and a one-stop reference for the student. A brief treatment of the semiconductor physics of silicon devices provides a good basis for understanding the mathematical models of their behaviour and the end-of-chapter problems help with the learning process. The concise and sequential nature of the book makes it easier to teach (and study) from than the venerable but somewhat overwhelming Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill."
David Hanna, W C Macdonald Professor of Physics, McGill University
"I have been frustrated in the past by my inability to find a suitable book for a one-semester Electronics course that starts with analog and progresses to basic digital circuits. Most available books seem to be out of date or aimed at electrical engineers rather than scientists. Eggleston's book is exactly what I was looking for - a basic course ideal for science students needing a practical introduction to Electronics. Written concisely and clearly, the book emphasizes many practical applications, but with sufficient theoretical explanation so that the results don't simply appear out of thin air."
Susan Lehman, Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor and Chair of Physics, The College of Wooster
"The illustrations are superb, and the style of writing is concise and clear. I recommend the book to those looking for a modern introduction to electronics."
Klaus Galensa, Computing Reviews
"...A useful, well-written work for academic curricula or self-study on numerous topics related to basic electronics and electrical circuit theory."
L. McLauchlan, CHOICE
"This excellent one-semester undergraduate text rapidly brings the reader from elementary concepts to useful circuits with real components. The practice problems are challenging and build on the concepts covered in the chapters."
George Fischer for Optics and Photonics News
Ideal for a one-semester course, this concise textbook covers basic electronics for undergraduate students in science and engineering. Readers are shown how to work with electronic circuits and apply the techniques they have learnt. Laboratory exercises and solutions to the exercises (password-protected for instructors) are available online.
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Problems are at the end of each chapter. And there are odd answers in the back of the book.
All around nice text. Not too expensive either.
Other books I have reviewed for a single semester electronics course and brief commentary on each:
~Basic Electronics by Curtis Meyer -- looks like an excellent book, but too advanced for the class I teach.
~Practical Electronics For Inventors by Paul Scherz -- good book for beginners, but the format is not suited to a lecture style course...no exercises, for example.
~The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill -- encyclopedic text that's a little dated (though I hear there's a 3rd ed. coming?!), text is not always written in a didactic manner.
~Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits by Agarwal -- another great book that approaches the subject in a novel manner...I just couldn't come to grips with teaching FET and opamp circuits before getting to the pn junction diode (which is the last chapter? bizarre).
~Electronics with Discrete Components by Galvez-- another new single-semester electronics text, the book is well organized, but the writing I believe to be of poor quality.
~Grob's Basic Electronics, Meade, etc. -- for technical schools.
- extreme brevity(you will need to consult 3-4 other texts to get a general understanding of a topic as simple as LRC filters)
- total lack of exercises (for instance, chapter 4 introduces 3 major transistor topics. There are a total of 9 exercises at then end.)
- Chatty, David-Griffiths-like tone (if you have taken E&M and Quantum Mech using his books, you will know what I mean) that often times is put in place as an attempt to redeem an otherwise poor explanation. In other words, the chatty tone is used to say "please, agree with me" or "please believe me."
- Some graphs are confusing because they lack scale or relevant important markers.
- Outrageously expensive for the value you get.
This review is valid based on my experience up to Chapter 4.