Practical Electronics for Inventors

ISBN-10: 0071452818

ISBN-13: 9780071452816

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Paul Scherz

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List price: $39.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 952
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 4.290
Language: English

Paul Scherz is a physicist/mechanical engineer who received his B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin. His area of interest in physics currently focuses on elementary particle interactions, or high energy physics, and he is working on a new theory on the photon problems with Nikolus Kauer (Ph.D. in high energy physics, Munich, Germany). Paul is an inventor/hobbyist in electronics, an area he grew to appreciate through his experience at the University's Department of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics and the Department of Plasma Physics.

Introduction to Electronics
DC Power Sources
Two Simple Battery Sources
Electric Circuits
Ohm's Law
Circuit Reduction
Kirchhoff's Laws
Thevenin's Theorem
Sinusoidal Power Sources
Root Mean Square (rms) Voltages
Reactance of a Capacitor
Reactance of an Inductor
Fundamental Potentials and Circuits
DC Sources and RC/RL/RLC Circuits
Complex Numbers
Circuits with Sinusoidal Sources
Analyzing Sinusoidal Circuits with Complex Impedances
Impedances in Series and the Voltage Divider
Impedances in Parallel and the Current Divider
Applying Kirchhoff's Laws in AC Form
Thevenin's Theorem in AC Form
Power in AC Circuits
Resonance in LC Circuits
Resonance in RLC Circuits
Circuits with Periodic Nonsinusoidal Sources
Circuits with Nonperiodic Sources
Nonlinear Circuits and Analyzing Circuits by Intuition
Basic Electronic Circuit Components
Wires, Cables, and Connectors
Wiring and Connector Symbols
High-Frequency Effects within Wires and Cables
How a Cell Works
Primary Batteries
Comparing Primary Batteries
Secondary Batteries
Battery Capacity
Note on Internal Voltage Drop of a Battery
How a Switch Works
Describing a Switch
Kinds of Switches
Simple Switch Applications
Specific Kinds of Relays
A Few Notes about Relays
Some Simple Relay Circuits
How a Resistor Works
Basic Resistor Operation
Types of Fixed Resistors
Understanding Resistor Labels
Power Ratings for Resistors
Variable Resistors
How a Capacitor Works
A Note about I = CdV/dt
Water Analogy of a Capacitor
Basic Capacitor Functions
Kinds of Capacitors
Variable Capacitors
Reading Capacitor Labels
Important Things to Know about Capacitors
How an Inductor Works
Basic Inductor Operation
Kinds of Coils
Basic Operation
Special Kinds of Transformers
Real Kinds of Transformers
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
Types of Fuses and Circuit Breakers
Semiconductor Technology
What Is a Semiconductor?
Applications of Silicon
How a pn-Junction Diode Works
Diode Water Analogy
Basic Applications
Important Things to Know about Diodes
Zener Diodes
Zener Diode Water Analogy
Basic Applications for Zener Diodes
Introduction to Transistors
Bipolar Transistors
Junction Field-Effect Transistors
Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistors
Unijunction Transistors
Silicon-Controlled Rectifiers
Silicon-Controlled Switches
Four-Layer Diodes and Diacs
A Little Lecture on Photons
Light-Emitting Diodes
How an LED Works
Kinds of LEDs
Technical Stuff about LEDs
Basic LED Operations
How a Photoresistor Works
Technical Stuff
How a Photodiode Works
Basic Operations
Kinds of Photodiodes
Solar Cells
Basic Operations
How a Phototransistor Works
Basic Configurations
Kinds of Phototransistors
Technical Stuff
How LASCRs Work
Basic Operation
Integrated Optoisolators
Integrated Circuits
IC Packages
Some Basic ICs to Get You Started
Operational Amplifiers
Operational Amplifier Water Analogy
How Op Amps Work (The "Cop-Out" Explanation)
Negative Feedback
Positive Feedback
Real Kinds of Op Amps
Op Amp Specifications
Powering Op Amps
Some Practical Notes
Voltage and Current Offset Compensation
Frequency Compensation
Comparators with Hysteresis
Inverting Comparator with Hysteresis
Noninverting Comparator with Hysteresis
Using Single-Supply Comparators
Window Comparator
Voltage-Level Indicator
Things to Know before You Start Designing Filters
Basic Filters
Passive Low-Pass Filter Design
A Note on Filter Types
Passive High-Pass Filter Design
Passive Bandpass Filter Design
Passive Notch Filter Design
Active Filter Design
Active Low-Pass Filter Example
Active High-Pass Filter Example
Active Bandpass Filters
Active Notch Filters
Integrated Filter Circuits
Oscillators and Timers
RC Relaxation Oscillators
The 555 Timer IC
How a 555 Works (Astable Operation)
Basic Astable Operation
How a 555 Works (Monostable Operation)
Basic Monostable Operation
Some Important Notes about 555 Timers
Simple 555 Applications
Voltage-Controlled Oscillators (VCOs)
Wien-Bridge and Twin-T Oscillators
LC Oscillators (Sinusoidal Oscillators)
Crystal Oscillators
Voltage Regulators and Power Supplies
Voltage-Regulator ICs
Fixed Regulator ICs
Adjustable Regulator ICs
Regulator Specifications
A Quick Look at a Few Regulator Applications
The Transformer
Rectifier Packages
A Few Simple Power Supplies
Technical Points about Ripple Reduction
Loose Ends
Switching Regulator Supplies (Switchers)
Kinds of Commercial Power Supply Packages
Power Supply Construction
Audio Electronics
A Little Lecture on Sound
Microphone Specifications
Audio Amplifiers
Mixer Circuits
A Note on Impedance Matching
Crossover Networks
Simple ICs Used to Drive Speakers
Audible-Signal Devices
Miscellaneous Audio Circuits
Digital Electronics
The Basics of Digital Electronics
Digital Logic States
Number Codes Used in Digital Electronics
Clock Timing and Parallel versus Serial Transmission
Logic Gates
Multiple-Input Logic Gates
Digital Logic Gate ICs
Applications for a Single Logic Gate
Combinational Logic
Keeping Circuits Simple (Karnaugh Maps)
Combinational Devices
Multiplexers (Data Selectors) and Bilateral Switches
Demultiplexers (Data Distributors) and Decoders
Encoders and Code Converters
Binary Adders
Binary Adder/Subtractor
Arithmetic/Logic Units (ALUs)
Comparators and Magnitude Comparator ICs
Parity Generator/Checker
A Note on Obsolescence and the Trend toward Microcontroller Control
Logic Families
TTL Family of ICs
CMOS Family of ICs
Input/Output Voltages and Noise Margins
Current Ratings, Fanout, and Propagation Delays
A Detailed Look at the Various TTL and CMOS Subfamilies
A Look at a Few Other Logic Series
Logic Gates with Open-Collector Outputs
Schmitt-Triggered Gates
Interfacing Logic Families
Powering and Testing Logic ICs and General Rules of Thumb
Powering Logic ICs
Power Supply Decoupling
Unused Inputs
Logic Probes and Logic Pulsers
Sequential Logic
SR Flip-Flops
SR Flip-Flop (Latch) ICs
D Flip-Flops
A Few Simple D-Type Flip-Flop Applications
Quad and Octal D Flip-Flops
JK Flip-Flops
Applications for JK Flip-Flops
Practical Timing Considerations with Flip-Flops
Digital Clock Generator and Single-Pulse Generators
Automatic Power-Up Clear (Reset) Circuits
More on Switch Debouncers
Pullup and Pulldown Resistors
Counter ICs
Asynchronous Counter (Ripple Counter) ICs
Synchronous Counter ICs
A Note on Counters with Displays
Shift Registers
Serial-In/Serial-Out Shifter Registers
Serial-In/Parallel-Out Shift Registers
Parallel-In/Serial-Out Shift Register
Ring Counter (Shift Register Sequencer)
Johnson Shift Counter
Shift Register ICs
Simple Shift Register Applications
Three-State Buffers, Latches, and Transceivers
Three-State Octal Buffers
Three-State Octal Latches and Flip-Flops
Additional Digital Topics
DC Motors, RC Servos, and Stepper Motors
DC Continuous Motors
Speed Control of DC Motors
Directional Control of DC Motors
RC Servos
Stepper Motors
Kinds of Stepper Motors
Driving Stepper Motors
Controlling the Driver with a Translator
A Final Word on Identifying Stepper Motors
Hands-on Electronics
Some Safety Tips
Damaging Components with Electrostatic Discharge
Handling Precautions
Constructing Circuits
Drawing a Circuit Schematic
A Note on Circuit Simulator Programs
Making a Prototype of Your Circuit
The Final Circuit
A Note about Board Layout
Special Pieces of Hardware Used in Circuit Construction
Enclosing the Circuit
Useful Items to Keep Handy
Troubleshooting the Circuits You Build
Basic Operation
How Analog VOMs Work
How Digital Multimeters Work
A Note on Measurement Errors
How Scopes Work
Interior Circuity of a Scope
Aiming the Beam
Scope Applications
What All the Little Knobs and Switches Do
Measuring Things with Scopes
Scope Applications
Power Distribution and Home Wiring
Power Distribution
A Closer Look at Three-Phase Electricity
Home Wiring
Electricity in Other Countries
Electronic Symbols
Useful Facts and Formulas
Greek Alphabet
Powers of 10 Unit Prefixes
Linear Functions (y = mx + b)
Quadratic Equation (y = ax[superscript 2] + bx + c)
Exponents and Logarithms
Complex Numbers
Differential Calculus
Finding Components
A Note on Injection Molding and Patents
History of Electronics Timeline
Component Data, List of Logic ICs, Foreign Semiconductor Codes
Standard Resistance Values for 5% Carbon-Film Resistors
Selection of Diodes
Selection of Zener Diodes
General Purpose Bipolar Transistors
General Purpose Power Bipolar Transistors
Selection of RF Transistors
Selection of Small-Signal JFETs
Selection of Power FETs
Selection of Op Amps
Common 4000 Series Logic ICs
Common 7000 Series Logic ICs
Semiconductor Codes
Analog/Digital Interfacing
Triggering Simple Logic Responses from Analog Signals
Using Logic to Drive External Loads
Analog Switches
Analog Multiplexer/Demultiplexer
Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Conversion
Analog-to-Digital Converters
LED Displays
Alphanumeric LED Displays
Liquid-Crystal Displays
Memory Devices
Read-Only Memories (ROMs)
Simple ROM Made Using Diodes
Terms Used to Describe Memory Size and Organization
Simple Programmable ROM
Various Kinds of ROM Devices
Random-Access Memories (RAMs)
Microprocessors and Microcontrollers
Introduction to Microprocessors
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