ISBN-10:
0071434933
ISBN-13:
9780071434935
Pub. Date:
08/20/2004
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Electronics Demystified / Edition 1

Electronics Demystified / Edition 1

by Stan Gibilisco

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Overview

SHOCK YOURSELF BY LEARNING ELECTRONICS

Now anyone with an interest in electronics can master it—by reading this book. In Electronics Demystified, best-selling science and math writer Stan Gibilisco provides an effective and painless way to understand the electronics that power so much of modern life.

With Electronics Demystified, you master the subject one simple step at a time—at your own speed. This unique self-teaching guide offers problems at the end of each chapter and section to pinpoint weaknesses, and a 70-question final exam to reinforce the entire book.

If you want to build or refresh your understanding of electronics, here's a fast and entertaining self-teaching course that's completely current. Get ready to—

  • Master electronics essentials that can help you as an employee, a hobbyist, or merely as a consumer
  • Discover the electrifying truth about power transmission and power supplies
  • Uncover the purpose of the diodes, transistors, amplifiers, and oscillators that make your appliances work
  • Really "get" wireless
  • Take a "final exam" and grade it yourself!

A fast, effective, and fun way to learn electronics, Electronics Demystified is the perfect shortcut to a deeper understanding of many of today's most important technologies.

Stan Gibilisco is one of McGraw-Hill's most prolific and popular authors. His clear, reader-friendly writing style makes his electronics books accessible to a wide audience, and his background in mathematics and research makes him an ideal editor for tutorials and professional handbooks. He is the author of The TAB Encyclopedia of Electronics for Technicians and Hobbyists; Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics; and The Illustrated Dictionary of Electronics. Booklist named his McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing a "Best Reference of 1996."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071434935
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 08/20/2004
Series: Demystified Series
Pages: 401
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Stan Gibilisco is one of McGraw-Hill's most prolific and popular authors. His clear, reader-friendly writing style makes his electronics books accessible to a wide audience, and his background in mathematics and research makes him an ideal editor for tutorials and professional handbooks. He is the author of The TAB Encyclopedia of Electronics for Technicians and Hobbyists; Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics; and The Illustrated Dictionary of Electronics. Booklist named his McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing a "Best Reference of 1996."

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
Part 1Fundamental Concepts1
Chapter 1Direct Current3
The Nature of DC3
Ohm's Law7
Resistive Networks11
DC Magnetism23
Quiz28
Chapter 2Alternating Current31
Frequency and Waveform31
More Definitions39
Phase Relationships43
Utility Power Transmission49
Quiz53
Chapter 3Impedance56
Introducing j56
Inductive Reactance60
Current and Voltage in RL Circuits63
Capacitive Reactance68
Current and Voltage in RC Circuits71
Characteristic Impedance79
Admittance82
Quiz88
Chapter 4Power Supplies91
Transformers91
Rectifiers94
Filtering and Regulation99
Protection of Equipment103
Electrochemical Power Sources106
Specialized Power Supplies113
Quiz116
Test: Part One118
Part 2Wired Electronics129
Chapter 5Semiconductor Diodes131
The P-N Junction131
Signal Applications136
Oscillation and Amplification146
Diodes and Radiant Energy147
Quiz151
Chapter 6Transistors and Integrated Circuits153
The Bipolar Transistor153
Basic Bipolar Transistor Circuits160
The Field-Effect Transistor163
The MOSFET169
Basic FET Circuits172
Integrated Circuits176
Quiz181
Chapter 7Signal Amplifiers184
Amplification Factor184
Basic Amplifier Circuits187
Amplifier Classes189
Efficiency and Drive192
Audio Amplification196
RF Amplification199
Quiz204
Chapter 8Signal Oscillators206
RF Oscillators206
Oscillator Stability211
Crystal-Controlled Oscillators214
AF Oscillators219
Quiz222
Test: Part Two225
Part 3Wireless Electronics235
Chapter 9Radio-Frequency Transmitters237
Modulation237
Analog-to-Digital Conversion250
Image Transmission251
Quiz255
Chapter 10Radio-Frequency Receivers258
Simple Designs258
The Modern Receiver261
Pre-detector Stages264
Detectors266
Audio Stages272
Television Reception273
Specialized Modes276
Quiz280
Chapter 11Telecommunications282
Networks282
Satellites287
Personal Communications Systems289
Hobby Communications293
Lightning296
Security and Privacy299
Quiz306
Chapter 12Antennas309
Radiation Resistance309
Half-Wave Antennas312
Quarter-Wave Antennas314
Loop Antennas317
Ground Systems320
Gain and Directivity322
Phased Arrays325
Parasitic Arrays329
UHF and Microwave Antennas332
Feed Lines336
Safety Issues337
Quiz338
Test: Part Three340
Final Exam351
Appendix 1Answers to Quiz, Test, and Exam Questions368
Appendix 2Symbols Used in Schematic Diagrams371
Suggested Additional References388
Index389

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Electronics Demystified 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
If you are new to electronics and have no idea about circuits, transistors, diodes, antennas or even what these words really mean, this might be the right book for you. It introduces all these concepts, and lets you get exposed to them in a systematic way. However, the concepts may be introduced a bit haphazardly, and it's not always easy to see how all the material fits together. The book is also filled with exercises and quizzes, and these may be the most worthwhile aspects of the books. Nonetheless, keep in mind that electronics is an empirical discipline, so the real learning happens with hands-on experience with building (and blowing up) of actual physical circuits. But if you are just interested in getting exposed to the basic concepts, this would be a good book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book assumes no prior knowledge of electricity or electronics. It takes you right from the beginning. It's not too technical, but it doesn't talk down either. There's just enough math to tell you how things work without getting bogged down in a lot of tedious or arcane calculations. Recommended, especially for high school, home schooling, and trade school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago