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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by John Comma Smith, Dec 22, 2004.

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  1. What would be a good book to read and or a good site to go to to learn the
    basics of electronics all the way up to the designing of circuits?
    Preferable in a little more down to earth way of talking about it. Thanks in

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  2. Mike

    Mike Guest

    It has been my experience that some books are great in some areas, and
    others great in other areas. I would recommend starting out with a book
    starts out with the concept of matter and energy, which most should. Most
    books should then go into explaining circuit theory (series/parallel
    circuits, ohm's law, kirchoff's law, thevenin's equivalency theorem,
    norton's theorem, etc.). All of this is important in understanding circuits
    when you're faced with a schematic and need to figure out values at certain
    points. I would probably stay away from the Navy books since they tend to
    pack a lot of detail, which has required me to go to another book for an

    I purchased the "Art of Electronics" and should be receiving it in a few
    days. I'll let you know how that book is, but the general consensus in this
    group about the book is highly positive.

    A visit to your local library would be a good first start.

    Hope that helps.
  3. Ok, kind of what I figured. I get basic electronics, I would just like to
    read a book to better pound it into my head. Thanks for all the info, Ill
    check my library tomorrow.
  4. I read somewhere that the info in that book is a little outdated. Is it too
    outdated to spend $75 on?
  5. Mike

    Mike Guest

    The second edition is from 1989. I went into B&N to preview the book before
    I thought about purchasing it online. The geek that I am, I found the book
    pretty impressive -- far more impressive than any books I've read thus far.
    Still haven't received my book yet, though. The publisher of the book has a
    website for this book:

    Sometimes books are rated on their material and how well they cover it. I'm
    sure the book doesn't cover every aspect of electronics, but I don't know
    enough about it yet to comment fully. Perhaps someone else in the group can
    give more advice on the book.

  6. Robert

    Robert Guest

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