Basic Electronics, 2nd Edition: Theory and Practice

Book Description

Designed for both the student and hobbyist, this updated revision is an introduction to the theory and practice of , including advances in micro-controllers, , and communication. Each chapter contains a brief lab to demonstrate the topic under discussion, then moves on to use all of the knowledge mastered to build a programmable robot (Arduino and Netduino). New material on using and Python has been added.

The companion files include videos of the in-chapter labs, soldering skills, and code samples for programming of the robot(available for downloading from the publisher with Amazon order number by to [email protected]). Covering both the theory and also its practical applications, this text leads the
reader through the basic scientific concepts underlying electronics, building basic circuits, learning the roles of the components, the application of digital theory, and the possibilities for innovation by combining sensors, motors, and micro-controllers. It includes appendices on for electronics, a timeline of electronics innovation, careers in electronics, and a glossary.


  • Includes companion files with over twenty video tutorials on currents, soldering, power supply, resistors, decoder circuits, Raspberry Pi and more (available for downloading from the publisher with Amazon order number by writing to [email protected])
  • New chapter on using Raspberry Pi and Python in electronic projects
  • Leads the reader through an introductory understanding of electronics with simple labs and then progressing to the construction of a micro-controller driven robot using open source software and hardware (Netduino and Arduino versions)
  • Presents theoretical concepts in a conversational tone, followed by hands-on labs to engage readers by presenting practical applications

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Theory Behind Electricity.
Chapter 2: How Electricity Works.
Chapter 3: Currents And Circuits.
Chapter 4: Tools Of The Trade.
Chapter 5: Shop Setup And Safety.
Chapter 6: Switches.
Chapter 7: Resistors.
Chapter 8: Capacitors.
Chapter 9: Diodes.
Chapter 10: Transistors.
Chapter 11: Power Sources And Power Supplies.
Chapter 12: Soldering.
Chapter 13: Constructing A Power Supply.
Chapter 14: Digital Theory.
Chapter 15: Integrated Circuits.
Chapter 16: Memory.
Chapter 17: Micro-Controllers.
Chapter 18: Motors And Controllers.
Chapter 19: Sensors.
Chapter 20: Electronic Communication.
Chapter 21A: Arduino:Building Your Robot.
Chapter 21B: Netduino- Building Your Robot.
Chapter 22A: Arduino:Getting Your Robot Moving.
Chapter 22B: Netduino:Getting Your Robot Moving.
Chapter 23A: Arduino: Adding Sensors To Your Robot.
Chapter 23B: Netduino: Adding Sensors To Your Robot.
Chapter 24: Using Raspberry Pi In Your Electronic Projects.
Appendix A: Glossary.
Appendix B: Timeline of Electronics.
Appendix C: Mathematics for Electronics.
Appendix D: Careers in Electronics.
Appendix E: Resources.
Appendix F: Answers for Odd-Numbered Exercises.
Appendix G: Lab Video Directory. Index.

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