- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd ed. edition (24 September 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470286970
- ISBN-13: 978-0470286975
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
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Electronics For Dummies Paperback – 24 Sep 2009
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From the Back Cover
Electronics is fascinating want to make something of it? This book shows you how!
You can make all sorts of things, once you understand what electronics is and how it works. This book helps you out with that part, explaining the whole thing in plain English. Learn how electricity functions, how to harness it and put it to work, what tools you need to build circuits, what you can make with them, and how to do it safely.
- Mystery solved understand what makes your iPod, remote control, and computer work
- Essential stuff outfit your electronics lab with all the necessary tools, including some that will surprise you
- Schematic road maps learn to read schematics and understand how they help your project get where it s going
- Symbols of power recognize all the identifiers for power sources, grounds, and components
- Tools of the trade discover how to use a multimeter, logic probe, oscilloscope, and solderless breadboard
- Break it down get to know the ins and outs of components such as resistors, capacitors ,diodes and transistors
- Getting it together find out how integrated circuits make all the rest possible and learn to work with them
- & Analyze it understand the rules that govern current and voltage and learn how to apply them
Open the book and find:
- The difference between electronics and electricity
- A list of essential tools
- Cool projects you can build quickly
- Great places to find parts
- Important safety tips
- What a sine wave is
- Interesting stuff about speakers, buzzers, and DC motors
- Ohm s Law and how to use it
About the Author
Cathleen Shamieh is a high–tech writer with extensive engineering and consulting experience in the fields of medical electronics, speech processing, and telecommunications. Gordon McComb writes the Robotics Resources column for SERVO Magazine, the leading hobby electronics magazine in the US.
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I do not believe it is anyone’s opinion that after reading a “for Dummies” book they would master the subject, but I felt fully capable of understanding the context of the technical challenges and then perform my work understanding and quantifying for the finance department the resulting consequences. It still brings a smile to my face when I show to one of the engineers that I understand the basic concepts that they are dealing with and it has greatly helped me in my work. What else could a dummy ask for?
Unlike college text books (which I have recently used), it is not dependent on math, then more math. You can get through most of the book before having to fool with math, with most math being basic algebra. For basic component repair and hobby's, you'll rarely use math, so that is where this book excels.
The book teaches the reader about the individual components and how to identify them, what they do individually and how they work in conjunction with other components in a circuit, learning schematic and schematic symbols, using multimeters and other testing equipment. Again, this is what most of us want and need, not tons of math that would be needed if you were considering an "electrical design" path, but not needed otherwise.
Again, I recommend this book for anyone that is flirting with a career path or retirement income towards "electronic component repair" or just wanting to better understand how the components work.
The Dummies series is pretty much hit-or-miss when it comes to utility, but this book really helped. The chapter on Multimeters (Volt-Ohm Meters, or VOMs) alone was worth the purhase price. I'd purchased another book (Getting the Most from your Multimeter) and was sorely disappointed that, once again, the book assumed the reader had far more basic knowledge than I did.
Is it lacking? Sure. If you're looking for some basic electricity fundamentals, this isn't the book. The "Basic Electricity" book from the Bureau of Naval Personnel (a Dover books reprint) is pretty good on this account, since it's used to teach semi-literate 18-year-old seamen a fundamental skill. The book could also use more detail in some areas but, what the heck--it's a Dummies book.
Compared to the "All New Elctronics Self-Teaching Guide" which I also purchased (much to my chagrin), it's great. The Self-Teaching Guide is simply awful as a beginner's book. Admittedly, the Self-Teaching Guide is a text book and, as such, it's assumption is that the reader has some fundamentals nailed down. The Dummies book, interestingly co-authored by Earl Boysen (a co-author on the Self-Teaching Guide), is really a solid intro to the subject.
I highly recommend this book.