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  1. Guest

    I am looking to learn more about electronics and what not. I have
    looked at a few books and purchased one. However, I didn't like it
    that much.

    I got Electronic Projects for Dummies. The book started off like I was
    going to understand it, then I got to chapter 5 and it asked me to buy
    a bunch of components to put together this project. Some of the items
    on the list I couldn't find even in the online stores that they
    suggested in the book. The project was a little above me anyway.

    What I am looking for is a book that will explain a concept to me,
    like capacitors. Then give a few circuits that demonstrate what they
    just explained to me. Is there anything like that? Or, do you
    generally have to read through a book that is all explanation then get
    another book that has circuits you can play with?

    Thanks in advanced!
  2. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    The NEETS modules start from the basics and work up. They're probably
    not all relevant (you may not need info on radars right away) and
    somewhat dated but good info. has copies of these and other manuals;
    drill down from the "Documents" link.
  3. I started by reading all the books in the children's library even remotely
    connected (ie at the time there were a lot of books that were more
    electrical than electronic) and then started reading the hobby magazines.

    None of it made sense at first, but I kept buying the magazines, and
    partly osmosis and who knows what else and it started to make sense.

    IN some ways the early reading was thrown away, yet it was crucial
    to what I built on it later. It's the same with the projects I tried
    to build, the first few never worked yet if I'd not done them "until I
    knew things" I might still be waiting.

    In effect, I submerged myself in it, and then used books to explain
    things as I needed them. Reference books that you can look things up,
    rather than sit at page one and read through it, may be as important
    as trying to learn by reading a book and then doing things.

    The problem with that is the hobby magazines have mostly disappeared,
    and at the very least no longer cost the fifty cents per issue that I paid
    almost forty years ago, so the raw material isn't there to learn from.

    Try multiple books rather than a single "One Big Suurce". Buy used or
    go to the library so the cost isn't a big factor if you get a dud. Read
    a book through, not stopping if you stall just rush through the parts you
    don't grasp at first, and then work on another book. The other book may
    fill in the gaps the first one had. Or once you get to the end, things
    may be more obvious than earlier in the book, so you can go back and
    fill in.

    And learning suffers when things are abstract. If you're not ready
    for a bit of information, it will be harder than if you have a practical
    use for it. For that matter, for the hobbyist, there may be more need
    for practical informatin, how to solder and where to buy parts, than
    things like how a capacitor works. It may depend on whether you "want
    to learn electronics" or "want to build things". The experience of
    building will help to put the theory in context.

    I once bought a dictionary of electronic terms, and while I've never used
    it that much (when I bought it I was already loaded with books), it is
    still useful every so often to look up a term. I don't know if that
    sort of thing is still available.

  4. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Go to radio shaft, and get one of those 101 Kits. it has all the
    components with in, that are reusable.. it's a great tool for
    getting started.."
  5. Sjouke Burry

    Sjouke Burry Guest

    Why not download a very solid Navy electronics course??
    Very good and very cheap, zero cents.
  6. You'll almost certainly find that no one book will be right for you,
    and recommendations won't mean much. You have to read a whole bunch of
    them, and some of them will "click" for you and others won't.
    The Talking Electronics books are quite eclectic but do a pretty good
    job for the beginner:

  7. Claude

    Claude Guest

    Here is what I am using, it doesn't get any simpler. It is a course book of
    57 lessons and you buy the component kit that comes with it in a nice little
    tool box complete with breadboard and jumpers. The book and kit are 100%
    compatible. The kit is exclusively sold by The kit
    is loaded with all of the required components and cost approximately 35%
    less than if bought separately. The book covers some theory then immediately
    has you breadboarding the lesson. They start with the schematic and pictures
    of the breadboard then wane you off of the breadboard pictures. The book has
    a few errors but the author maintains the required corrections on his site.
    The course takes about a 100 hours to get through if you are passionate.
    There was an error in the NOR and NAND gates lesson that threw me out for 2
    days until I checked the site ( schematics where reversed)

    Check out the author's site for more questions, answers and examples.

    There is an Abra in Montreal Canada and one in the state of New-York, same
    owner and they do most of their business on-line. Very reputable and cater
    mostly to educational institutions.

    The way the Navy course suggested in the other posts is outstanding!!!!! If
    there is one thing where the military excel in it is course design. It is
    thousands of pages so when I get confused on a concept in my Evil Genius
    course I check out the Navy course. It is a theory course, no practical
    experiments at all.

    Are you lazy? I know I am so there is a 40 hour electronics course on
    Youtube given by a university in India. The teacher Mr Natarajan has a bit
    of an accent but the course is awesome. He power points the theory then
    breadboards everything in front of you. Those 40 hours are worth 2 years of
    school!!!!! The reason they did this very professional course is to be able
    to train people in remote areas of India who can't get to a proper
    institution. I would have paid good coin if they had charged for this

    If nothing above helps consider knitting :eek:)

  8. neon


    Oct 21, 2006
    best book is system analysis by phillis & cutler godd enough for someone to steal it from me at work.
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