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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Mar 9, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    I have had some Electrical Engineering 101-style classes in college as
    part of the CS degree. However, there is lots of basic and advanced
    stuff that I missed. The books I have read in the past were very slow
    paced ("this is a resistor- look, it makes the bulb glow less bright")
    or way over my head. High-level digital stuff (gates, flip-flops, and
    friends) I am fine with, but when looking at low-level and analog
    circuits I start scratching my head. Things like:
    - what does a Zener diode do ?
    - why did they choose a PNP over an NPN ?
    - why is there a resistor in that signal line ?
    - that capacitor probably filters low frequency components, but how
    did they come up with the amount of capacitance ?

    What books / articles / online literature would you recommend ?

    Thanks !
  2. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    The Art of Electronics 2/e
    by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill
    Cambridge University Press, 1989
    1125 pages, hardcover
    ISBN 0-521-37095-7

    Is one of the best I've seen in a long time.


  3. Try "Electronics for Dummies" -- Amazon



  4. Guest

    Electronic Devices by Floyd, brilliant book:

    This is the edition I have but there are many newer versions, but
    since you are after the fundementals, save yourself some money and get
    one of the older versions.
  5. Guest

    Thanks for the recommendation. "Art of Electronics" sounds great, but
    even the used copies are still quite expensive so I went the cheap way
    and ordered "Electronic Devices" instead.
  6. Yes. Even someone with no formal training in electronics should be able to
    get much from this book.


  7. I hear that the third edition is even better! ;-)

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    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  8. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    If your public Library is on the Dewey Decimal System, browse 621.384
    or so. :)

    Have fun!
  9. jasen

    jasen Guest

    That's because noone wants to get rid of their copy.

    Try your city library - even if you can't own a copy it's worth reading.

  10. jasen

    jasen Guest

    Over here it's 621.381

    Next saturday I have to return it, fortunately they have two copies :)

  11. And it can be found illegally posted hither and yon IIRC.
  12. Guest

    First thing I tried; unfortunately no library in the county has it.
    There are copies at the local college library, but their annual
    library card costs 1.2 * the book price ;)
  13. Sit and read it for free?



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