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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Phule Darklighter, Jul 24, 2003.

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  1. Greetings all, I am a student in industial automation at a tech school
    and I was wondering if you might be able to answer a few questions for
    me.....

    For the past month I have been studing electronics in my class
    (unfortunatly, it is one of those "learn at your own pace" i.e.
    read-the-book-till-you-are-bored-to-tears, kind of deals)

    Now comes the problem, I have been reading on the internet about a
    variety of subjects, PICs, a/d's, d/a's, and about everything else in
    between.... I know I would like to be able to tinker with said stuff
    but I am just boggled at the diagrams that follow them.. I know my
    understanding of the theory could use some work... but I just can't
    make it "click". I just can't seem to find a book that can give me
    the instruction I am looking for. I also am very intimidated by the
    sheer mathamatics that seems to be involved..

    If someone could give me the benefit of more knowledge to increase my
    understanding I would be most thankful....

    thanks....
    Phule Darklighter
     
  2. Eric Immel

    Eric Immel Guest

    In my early days I got great benefit from "Cookbooks" like TTL Cookbook
    by Don Lancaster and IC Op Amp Cookbook by Walter Jung. A number of
    others exist, but these two provide an excellent fonudation and they are
    relatively inexpensive. They are especially halpful if you have lab
    access (oscilloscope, signal generator, etc.) I may risk the wrath of
    others in this NG, but I would be careful about anything published by
    TAB (the Radio Shack of publishers ;).

    EI
     
  3. Books I have found extremely useful are The Art of Electronics by Horowitz
    and Hill plus the student guide to the same book by Hayes and Horowitz. I
    reckon these might be regarded as electronic bibles as they are stacked with
    helpful and functional comments *plus* a sense of humour .

    Endorse the views of a previous responder about Don Lancaster's books which
    are written in similar vein. Don has a website thats useful and interesting
    as well.

    David
     
  4. ~^Johnny^~

    ~^Johnny^~ Guest


    Mims's the word ;->
    --
    -john


    ~~~~~~~~
    "The first step in intelligent tinkering is to
    save all the parts." - Aldo Leopold
    ~~~~~~~~
     
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