Electronics Simplified, 3rd Edition

Electronics Simplified, 3rd Edition,Ian Sinclair,ISBN9780080970639






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Understand how electronics work, from the principles to the latest applications - No math required!

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  • Explains electronics from fundamentals to applications - No other book has such breadth of coverage
  • Approachable, clear writing style, with minimal math - No previous knowledge of electronics required!
  • Now fully revised and updated to include coverage of the latest developments in electronics: Blu-ray, HD, 3-D TV, digital TV and radio, miniature computers, robotic systems and more.


Electronics Simplified, Third Edition, discusses the aims and methods of electronics, with emphasis on digital electronics and software options. It covers the latest developments in electronics, including Blu-ray, digital TV and radio, HD and 3D TV, robotic systems, radar, cellular phones, GPS, and microcomputers. Organized into 17 chapters, the book introduces the reader to every aspect of electronics from fundamentals to applications, with minimal mathematics required. It provides an overview of electricity, waves, and pulses and how a steady voltage is generated, along with power, alternating voltage, and AC and DC transmission. The information on microcomputers has been greatly expanded, while information on analog fundamentals has been retained. It also discusses passive components such as transformers, resistors and capacitors, inductors, transformers, resonance, and diodes; active components and integrated circuits, particularly what a transistor is and what it does; how traditional radio works; elements of television, including color television; digital television and radio broadcasting; and digital signals and digital recording. Finally, the principles of CD recording are explained, along with the basics of microprocessors, calculators, computers, and computer peripherals. This book is essential reading for hobbyists, technicians, professionals, and students. It is suitable for anyone taking a qualification course in electronics, or for those who want to know more about the digital revolution.


Hobbyists, technicians, low level professionals and students - anyone taking a course or qualification in electronics who wants to understand the principles that they will be applying, but without a project/ design focus.

Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair was born in 1932 in Tayport, Fife, and graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1956. In that year, he joined the English Electric Valve Co. in Chelmsford, Essex, to work on the design of specialised cathode-ray tubes, and later on small transmitting valves and TV transmitting tubes. In 1966, he became an assistant lecturer at Hornchurch Technical College, and in 1967 joined the staff of Braintree College of F.E. as a lecturer. His first book, “Understanding Electronic Components” was published in 1972, and he has been writing ever since, particularly for the novice in Electronics or Computing. The interest in computing arose after seeing a Tandy TRS80 in San Francisco in 1977, and of his 204 published books, about half have been on computing topics, starting with a guide to Microsoft Basic on the TRS80 in 1979. He left teaching in 1984 to concentrate entirely on writing, and has also gained experience in computer typesetting, particularly for mathematical texts. He has recently visited Seattle to see Microsoft at work, and to remind them that he has been using Microsoft products longer than most Microsoft employees can remember. Ian Sinclair is the author of the following Made Simple books: Lotus 1-2-3- (2.4 DOS version) MS-DOS (up to version 6.22) PagePlus for Windows 3.1 Hard drives He is also the author of many other books published under our Newnes imprint.Visit Ian's website at http://website.lineone.net/~ian_sinclair

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Electronics Simplified, 3rd Edition

Preface Chapter 1 Electricity, Waves, and Pulses     Fundamental Electricity     Steady Voltage     Power     Alternating Voltage     Alternating Current and Waves     Electronics     Electromagnetic Waves     Waveforms     Pulses          Actions on Pulses Chapter 2 Passive Components     Resistors     Capacitors     Charge and Discharge     Inductors     Transformers     Resonance     Diodes          Other Diode Types Chapter 3 Active Components and Integrated Circuits     Transistors          NPN and PNP Transistors          Field-Effect Transistors          Switching     Integrated Circuits          Linear Integrated Circuits          Digital Integrated Circuits     The Microprocessor Chapter 4 Linear Circuits     Linearity     Gain     Frequency Response     Broadband Amplifiers     Tuned Amplifiers     Power and Root Mean Square Values     Calculating Power     Feedback     Oscillators and Multipliers Chapter 5 Block and Circuit Diagrams     Diagrams     Circuit Diagrams     Block Diagrams     Linear Circuit Blocks     Filtering     Digital Circuit Blocks     Other Blocks Chapter 6 How Traditional Radio Works     Radio Waves     Transmission and Reception     Modulation     Reception     Radio Block Diagrams          Early Receivers          The Superhet     Stereo Radio     Internet Radio Chapter 7 Disc and Tape Recording     Early Gramophones     Electrical Methods     Hi-Fi and Stereo     Tape and Cassette     Cinema Sound     Home Cinema     Noise          Noise Reduction     Video and Digital Recording Chapter 8 Elements of Television     Television     Scanning          Synchronization          The Analog Television Waveform     Transmission     Modern Television Displays          Cathode-Ray Tubes          Liquid Crystal Display and Plasma Screens     Analog Television Receiver     Color Television          The Three Color Systems          Color Television Tubes     Analog Receiver Circuits Chapter 9 Digital Signals     Voltage Levels     Recording Digitally     Digital Broadcasting     Conversions     Digital Coding          Analog to Digital          Digital to Analog          Serial Transmission Chapter 10 Gating and Logic Circuits     Gates          NAND and NOR Gates          Analyzing Gate Systems     Arithmetic Circuits          Adder Circuits          Subtraction          Multiplication and Division     Code Changing Chapter 11 Counting and Correcting     Sequential Circuits     The J-K Flip-Flop     Counter Uses          Frequency Meter          Counter/Timer          Digital Voltmeter Basics     Registers     Related Chips          SPLD, CPLD, and FPGA          ASIC and ASSP          SoC     Memory Chips     Error Control and Correction          Using a Check Sum     Hamming and Other Codes Chapter 12 Compact Disc System and Beyond     Compact Discs     The Optical System     Digital Signal Processing          EFM          Error Correction          Control Bytes     Production Methods     The End Result     Performance     Computer Optical Drives     Digital Compression     MPEG          MPEG Layers     MP3 Audio Chapter 13 Microprocessors, Calculators, and Computers     The Microprocessor     Microprocessor Cycle     Memory          Dynamic RAM     Buses     PC Register and Addressing     Interrupts     Inputs and Outputs     Ports     USB     Calculators Chapter 14 Computers and Peripherals     Computers     Peripherals          Modem          Monitor or Visual Display Unit          Graphics Card          Sound Card          Printer          Scanner Chapter 15 Computer Construction and Software     Computer Types          Laptops and Netbooks     Operating Systems          The PC Machine          Windows          Windows CE          Apple Mac          Linux     Setting Up     Installing Applications          Drivers          Other Software          Skype Chapter 16 Digital Television and Radio     Compression     Television Coding     Broadcasting Systems          Cable          Satellite          Terrestrial     Digital Television Receivers     DVD     Digital Radio          IBOC          Satellite Digital Radio Chapter 17 Miscellaneous Systems     Radar          Doppler Radar     The Oscilloscope          Digital Oscilloscopes and Logic Analyzers     NICAM     Camcorders     Cellular Phones     Cordless Phones     Bluetooth     GPS     Remote Controls     Security Equipment     Robotics Appendix A Further Reading Appendix B Color Codes for Resistors Appendix C ASCII Codes Index

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'Ideal for students who are just about to begin a course that involves electronics, for people who are interested in the subject but do not know where to start, or for those who need a straightforward revision of the basics.' Electrotechnology
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