In this thorough hobbyist's guide, electrical engineer Slone provides a sound overview of the basic theoretical concepts necessary to successfully build, maintain, or repair electronics. In addition, he addresses practical applications such as how to build a workbench, how to solder, and how to create a parts and materials inventory through salvaging. With 25 projects for readers to try, this is useful as a basic learning tool and an essential reference. (Library Journal )
All-inclusive introduction to electricity and electronics. For the true beginner, there's no better introduction to electricity and electronics than TAB Electronics Guide to Understanding Electricity and Electronics , Second Edition.
Randy Slone's learn-as-you-go guide tells you how to put together a low-cost workbench and start a parts and materials inventory--including money-saving how-to's for salvaging components and buying from surplus dealers. You get plain-English explanations of electronic components-resistors, potentiometers, rheostats, and resistive characteristics-voltage, current, resistance, ac and dc, conductance, power...the laws of electricity...soldering and desoldering procedures...transistors...special-purpose diodes and optoelectronic devices...linear electronic circuits...batteries...integrated circuits...digital electronics...computers...radio and television...and much, much more. You'll also find 25 complete projects that enhance your electricity/electronics mastery, including 15 new to this edition, and appendices packed with commonly used equations, symbols, and supply sources. (20040201)
From the Back Cover
No expensive tools required! Master electricity and electronics in the real world with practical, easy-to-build projects!
Open this book and--
*Understand the energy and applications that drive the modern world
*Build your own inexpensive electronics workbench
*Construct 25 useful projects that explore electrical and electronics power, principles, and applicationsHave you ever dreamed of mastering the energy and technology that's transforming life on Earth? Imagine yourself in control of electronics at your own hobby bench? Wanted the knowledge and skills to make your electronic equipment work better, to create new applications (even new inventions), and to be able to explain what's going on inside the high-tech devices you use every day? With this book, you're on your way. Popular Electronics writer G. Randy Slone can help you do it all. His TAB Electronics Guide to Understanding Electricity and Electronics launches you into the exciting world of electronics.
Practical and jovial, Randy tells you "watts" really going on. His reader-friendly guide will soon have you constructing exciting electronics projects, such as a state-of-the-art MOSFET audio amplifier that you build from scratch.
Electronics ABC's at Your Own Speed
You get every bit of help you need, from learning to solder and use test equipment to assembling a functional lab. Working at your own pace, you'll discover basic electrical concepts and components, transformer and ac voltage conversions, rectifiers, capacitors, resistors, zener diodes, integrated circuits, digital electronics, oscillators, and more.
You'll also find helpful information on suggested reading, sources of equipment and materials, schematic symbols, and commonly used equations. From a pared-down course in quantum physics to suggestions for removing solder, this true beginner's guide keeps you entertained and answers all your questions. It's like being taught by a friend. If you want to enjoy learning electronics, you've come to the right place.
BUILD IT YOURSELF
*AM and FM Detector
*Emergency Auto Flasher
*Soldering Iron Controller
*Logic Probes and Pulser
*General-Purpose Battery Charger
*Lab-Quality Audio Amplifier
*And Many Others
About the Author
G. Randy Slone is an electrical engineer with nearly two decades of experience in data processing and industrial electronics. A private engineering consultant, his clients have included DuPont, Champion International, and Ralston Purina. Also a former college instructor, Slone spends much of his time working in his state-of-the-art home electronics laboratory.