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Timer, Op Amp, and Optoelectronic Circuits & Projects 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0945053293
ISBN-10: 0945053290
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About the Author

Forrest M. Mims, III, has written dozens of books, hundreds of articles, invented scientific devices, and travelled to the Amazon for NASA. He loves to share his knowledge with eager students!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Master Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945053290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945053293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By calvinnme HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 5, 2005
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I simply love this little book. Reading it has made me remember why I wanted to become an engineer in the first place - to build circuits that do cool and interesting tasks. You just don't see books like this anymore. Since the standardization of computing hardware, most engineering books are written at a very high level and do not have anything to say on circuitry that is readable by someone without a master's degree. That's where this book comes in. In less than 130 pages and for only $13 this book contains easy-to-read instructions on the construction of dozens of interesting yet simple circuits. The author even manages to make the 555-timer device, which is perhaps the simplest of all IC's, the centerpiece of dozens of interesting circuits. Each circuit requires only a page or two of information which includes complete schematic instructions and some notes on what the circuit does and why it is useful. Circuit assembly tips and pin-outs of IC's are included. I think what I liked best about this book was its section on optoelectronics. In simple language the author describes lenses and optical fibers, and then goes on to describe simple circuits that use the power of light to perform practical tasks. Since it is presented in "engineer's notebook" format, there is not much in the way of theory presented in this book. It is really good for students who are maybe thinking about a career path in engineering and would like to get a taste of what circuit design is about. However, even if you are a practicing engineer, I think that you will find the circuits in this little book both useful and entertaining. I highly recommend it.
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It is unfortunate the info and backround presented in this book is missing from his 'Engineer's Notebook'. His books seem to always overlap some of the same circuits. Sometimes I feel the publisher has him thin out info to sell more titles. His 'Circuit Scrapbook' should have remained his scrapbook. It has typos, incomplete info and contradicts his other statements using the same IC's and circuits. As a result, some circuits do not work as described or not at all. I've purchased about all his books dating from 1980 so I feel I have a good perception of his work. Sometimes I feel I have paid twice for the same info/circuits because of this duplication. This book is a good one but should have been included in his 'Engineer's Notebook'
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This book is definitely for beginners. There's little or no theory but the explanations of how-to-do-it were useful. I think anyone could do the projects but I doubt they would learn much theory. They would however, learn some skills and terminology that could be useful as the novice grows in knowledge. I think this book has the potential of getting someone interested in electronics without any threatening math and theory to scare them away. If you are beyond beginners status in electronics this book has little to offer beyond what could be a few useful circuits. There is no explanation of how the circuits actually work but they do tell you what they are for.
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I like the electronics books by Forrest Mims III, including this one. His books are excellent for scientific professionals like me who need to construct an eletronic circuit, but do not have training in electonics. I used the circuit on the bottom of page 104 to measure the time delay between a signal to open a light shutter and the actual opening time. The diagrams are very clear, and the components are labeled, so that you can buy what you need and assemble it yourself. Well worth the low price!
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The only OpAmps we see now are in IC's. This book shows OpAmps built from discrete components on a circuit board as well as the IC varieies. It covers IC OpAmps and their circuit desighn. It is most interesting as a historical reference.
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This book lists the A. P. C. as "Stepped Tone Generator." Another interesting project is the Sound Effects Generator. This is a good book for people who are just getting into breadboarding and want to make interesting sounds. Amplifier and filter schematics are also provided.
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This book provides easy to understand information on several useful electronic components. Many of the newer components are much more complex and in most cases - overkill. I believe this book is a good value for anyone that needs this level of technical information.
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I usually dislike textbooks but Forrest Mims deserves a spot on my book shelf. I think of him as the Bob Ross of electronics. His series of books are incredibly detailed but simple enough that you don't need a math degree to understand. He gives you enough information to get you going in a well compiled, easy to follow way. Combine Forrest Mims with The Art of Electronics and you can teach yourself a great deal about circuitry. I believe this volume should come later in the mini series but if you are buying out of order, it doesn't matter. This is a great way to get a few ideas for working circuits.

I especially recommend this for teenagers or even kids interested in Electronics.
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