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


Chapter 1 Electricity, Waves, and Pulses

    Fundamental Electricity

    Steady Voltage


    Alternating Voltage

    Alternating Current and Waves


    Electromagnetic Waves



         Actions on Pulses

Chapter 2 Passive Components



    Charge and Discharge





         Other Diode Types

Chapter 3 Active Components and Integrated Circuits


         NPN and PNP Transistors

         Field-Effect Transistors


    Integrated Circuits

         Linear Integrated Circuits

         Digital Integrated Circuits

    The Microprocessor

Chapter 4 Linear Circuits



    Frequency Response

    Broadband Amplifiers

    Tuned Amplifiers

    Power and Root Mean Square Values

    Calculating Power


    Oscillators and Multipliers

Chapter 5 Block and Circuit Diagrams


    Circuit Diagrams

    Block Diagrams

    Linear Circuit Blocks


    Digital Circuit Blocks

    Other Blocks

Chapter 6 How Traditional Radio Works

    Radio Waves

    Transmission and 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 Reduction

    Video and Digital Recording

Chapter 8 Elements of Television




         The Analog Television Waveform


    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


    Digital Coding

         Analog to Digital

         Digital to Analog

         Serial Transmission

Chapter 10 Gating and Logic Circuits


         NAND and NOR Gates

         Analyzing Gate Systems

    Arithmetic Circuits

         Adder Circuits


         Multiplication and Division

    Code Changing

Chapter 11 Counting and Correcting

    Sequential Circuits

    The J-K Flip-Flop

    Counter Uses

         Frequency Meter


         Digital Voltmeter Basics


    Related Chips

         SPLD, CPLD, and FPGA

         ASIC and ASSP


    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


         Error Correction

         Control Bytes

    Production Methods

    The End Result


    Computer Optical Drives

    Digital Compression


         MPEG Layers

    MP3 Audio

Chapter 13 Microprocessors, Calculators, and Computers

    The Microprocessor

    Microprocessor Cycle


         Dynamic RAM


    PC Register and Addressing


    Inputs and Outputs




Chapter 14 Computers and Peripherals




         Monitor or Visual Display Unit

         Graphics Card

         Sound Card



Chapter 15 Computer Construction and Software

    Computer Types

         Laptops and Netbooks

    Operating Systems

         The PC Machine


         Windows CE

         Apple Mac


    Setting Up

    Installing Applications


         Other Software


Chapter 16 Digital Television and Radio


    Television Coding

    Broadcasting Systems




    Digital Television Receivers


    Digital Radio


         Satellite Digital Radio

Chapter 17 Miscellaneous Systems


         Doppler Radar

    The Oscilloscope

         Digital Oscilloscopes and Logic Analyzers



    Cellular Phones

    Cordless Phones



    Remote Controls

    Security Equipment


Appendix A Further Reading

Appendix B Color Codes for Resistors

Appendix C ASCII Codes


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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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