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Understand Electronics

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ISBN-10: 0071740015

ISBN-13: 9780071740012

Edition: 2nd 2010

Authors: Malcolm Plant

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List price: $16.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 5/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Malcolm Plant's interest in electronics began in his school days when he, together with a friend, built radios and gadgets from government surplus electronic equipment. He went on to receive his Masters degree in experimental space physics at Leicester University, where he investigated sensors for use in X-ray telescopes and astronomy. He now works as a university lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.

Meet the author
Only got a minute?
Only got five minutes?
Electronics today and yesterday
The electronic age
Consumer electronics
Communications electronics
Computer electronics
Control electronics
Medical electronics
Looking back
The discovery of cathode rays
The invention of the thermionic value
The beginnings of radio and television
Radar and the Second World War
The invention of the transistor
Silicon chips make an impact
The atomic roots of electronics
Electrons in atoms
Atomic structure
Conductors, insulators and semiconductors
Silicon atoms
n-type and p-type semiconductors
Simple circuits and switches
Making electrons move
Series and parallel circuits
Resistance and Ohm's law
Large and small numbers
Types of switch
Simple digital circuits
Using switches
Signals and systems
Direct current and alternating current
The multimeter
The oscilloscope
Black boxes
Electronic systems
Analogue and digital systems
Voltage dividers and resistors
The potential divider
Resistors in series and parallel
Fixed-value and variable resistors
Values and coding of resistors
Power ratings of resistors
Special types of resistor
The Wheatstone bridge
The strain gauge
Capacitors, timers and oscillators
What timers and oscillators do
The way a capacitor works
Units of capacitance
Types of capacitor
Capacitors in parallel and series
Charging and discharging capacitors
The 555 timer monostable
The 555 timer astable
Diodes and rectification
What diodes do
The p-n junction
Using diodes as rectifiers
Zener diodes as voltage regulators
The light-emitting diode (LED)
Power control with thyristors and triacs
Amplifiers and transistors
What amplifiers do
Audio amplifiers
The bandwidth of an amplifier
The decibel
Types of transistor
How bipolar transistors work
How field-effect transistors work
Transistors as electronic switches
Logic gates and Boolean algebra
What logic gates do
Symbols and truth tables of logic gates
Introducing Boolean algebra
The universal NAND gate
Logic families
Decision-making logic circuits
Flip-flops and counters
What flip-flops do
Making binary counters from flip-flops
Frequency dividers and counters
Binary adders
Displays, encoders and decoders
Analogue and digital displays
The seven-segment LED display
The liquid crystal display (LCD)
Decoders and encoders
Multiplexing seven-segment displays
Memories and silicon chips
Random-access memory (RAM)
Static and dynamic RAM
Read-only memory (ROM)
Flash memory
Gallium arsenide
Moore's law
Making a silicon chip
Packaging silicon chips
Op amps and control systems
The basic features of control systems
The design of a simple thermostat
The design of a simple servosystem
The basic properties of op amps
Using op amps as comparators
The role of the feedback resistor
The stepper motor
Digital-to-analogue converters
Peripheral interface controllers (PIC)
Op amps and instrumentation systems
Electronics and measurement
Thermocouples and Geiger tubes
Designing voltage amplifiers with op amps
Analogue-to-digital converters
Telecommunications systems
The electromagnetic spectrum
Uses of radio waves
AM and FM modulation
Radio transmitters and receivers
Digital radio and TV
Plasma and LCD TV screens
The CCD camera
Fibre optics communications
Pulse code modulation (PCM)
Project 1: Circuit Tester
Project 2: Dark/Light Switch
Project 3: Games Timer
Project 4: Rain Check
Project 5: Frost Alert
Project 6: Simple Die
Project 7: Simple AM Radio
Answers to the Test Yourself questions
Taking it further