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Basic book on electronics?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Josef Moellers, Mar 29, 2011.

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  1. Hi,

    My nephew in Down Under wants to get into hardware. I'd like to give him
    a book on basic hardware theory and practice. He has an Arduino board,
    but has little knowledge about all the various components like
    resistors, capacitors, transistors etc.

    Does anyone know of a good basic book which isn't too theoretical, maybe
    even geared towards microcontrollers?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    Not a book but perhaps the "Inventor's Kit for Arduino" from Sparkfun?
    He'll already be familiar with the Arduino, so addition to building the
    example circuits he will have the second Arduino that the first can
    "talk to."

    I don't have any hands-on with this kit but it looks like a good
    starting place with basic circuit elements.
  3. asdf

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  4. Ecnerwal

    Ecnerwal Guest

    I consider The Art of Electronics to be one of the most readable/useful
    books on the subject, if perhaps a bit heavier than you have in mind.
    After having taken several EE courses which made the subject as opaque
    as possible (barf-back formulas with no reasons why for various op-amp
    configurations, for instance), I took an engineering physics electronics
    course which used AoE and suddenly everything became _much_ clearer.

  5. Jon Kirwan

    Jon Kirwan Guest

    And don't forget to get the student manual. It works through
    problems in a way that supplements the textbook well.

  6. Jon Kirwan

    Jon Kirwan Guest

    Another approach is to approach this through books targeted
    at folks interested in simple robots. Since you mentioned
    the Arduino, I'm assuming he has some knowledge of micros.
    There's one I've skimmed through recently (only just bought
    it for a friend) called Intermediate Robot Building by David
    Cook. Looks very nicely laid out at first glance and I think
    it caters well to beginners in electronics. Although I
    assume there is a Beginning Robot Building book by the same
    author, I haven't bought it. Maybe it would be better to
    start with that one. But the Intermediate book looks to me
    like a Beginning book, so the Beginning book must be really

    Point is, there are a number of "getting into robots" books
    around, and often clubs in the area. That might be a good
    way to go. Especially considering your nephew already has
    gotten into micros of some kind.

  7. Guest

    Where did you go to college? Sounds horrible. Barf-back formulas? Sounds
    like *chemistry*. <eeek!>
  8. Am 27.4.2011 schrub asdf:
    I just wanted to say that this was what I ordered.
    (I'm still waiting for feedback on how it's used and with which results)

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