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Earl Boysen , Harry Kybett
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20 July 2012 Self-Teaching Guide
An all–in–one resource on everything electronics–related! For almost 30 years, this book has been a classic text for electronics enthusiasts. Now completely updated for today′s technology, this latest version combines concepts, self–tests, and hands–on projects to offer you a completely repackaged and revised resource. This unique self–teaching guide features easy–to–understand explanations that are presented in a user–friendly format to help you learn the essentials you need to work with electronic circuits. All you need is a general understanding of electronics concepts such as Ohm′s law and current flow, and an acquaintance with first–year algebra. The question–and–answer format, illustrative experiments, and self–tests at the end of each chapter make it easy for you to learn at your own speed. Boasts a companion website that includes more than twenty full–color, step–by–step projects Shares hands–on practice opportunities and conceptual background information to enhance your learning process Targets electronics enthusiasts who already have a basic knowledge of electronics but are interested in learning more about this fascinating topic on their own Features projects that work with the multimeter, breadboard, function generator, oscilloscope, bandpass filter, transistor amplifier, oscillator, rectifier, and more You′re sure to get a charge out of the vast coverage included in Complete Electronics Self–Teaching Guide with Projects !

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Original edition (20 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118217322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118217320
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Follow hands-on projects so you can work with electronic circuits Are you ready to keep up with the rapidly evolving world of electronic products? From smartphones and tablets to MP3 players and digital cameras, this resource will build your understanding of how the latest electronic circuits work. You'll dive into hands-on projects and walk through the calculations and concepts for key circuits to get you up to speed. As you progress through the chapters, you'll learn how to build the circuits, and then observe or measure how they work so you can apply the information on your own. Learn how to control the flow of electric current Design a transistor circuit, and compare the switching action of a JFET and a BJT Explore the use of resistors, capacitors, and inductors in bandpass and band-reject filters Use BJTs, JFETs, and operational amplifiers in amplifier circuits Find out how an oscillator works, and then design and build one Discover how a transformer converts AC voltage to a higher or lower voltage Calculate the values of components that produce a specified DC output voltage for a power supply circuit The book's website ( provides project pages that include links to suppliers and are kept up to date with supplier part numbers for components you'll need.

About the Author

Earl Boysen is a veteran engineer who maintains two technology-focused websites, and He is coauthor of the first edition of Electronics For Dummies as well as Electronics Projects For Dummies and Nanotechnology For Dummies, all published by Wiley. The late Harry Kybett wrote the bestselling first and second editions of Electronics Self-Teaching Guide . He was director of engineering operations at Columbia Pictures Corporation. He built many studios and video systems for the broadcasting industry, and created training programs for Sony Corporation of America.

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3.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION: A 3 star book with numerous problems 20 Dec 2012
This could be a truly excellent book ... but it needs some competent technical editing.

If this book is quickly scanned and "flipped through", and the table of contents read, it might seem an outstanding book for those starting electronics. However, actually reading the book and going through the problems sets reveals there are just too many errors and ordering issues (see below). That is, while the table appears exemplary, the actual content is less so.

The problems start as early as chapter 1, "Review and Pre-Test". Questions are frequently asked before the information for an answer is provided, not the other way around as is appropriate for a self-teaching guide.

For example, the authors ask a question, for which readers are expected to provide an answer on the blank lines provided, "What is electrical current?". However, they provide the information for this answer after, and not before the question.

There are throughout this book more factual and calculation errors than expected or acceptable. In the presentation of the V-I curve, the curve is presented with current on the vertical axis and volts on the horizontal axis. The authors then ask the question, "what is the slope of this curve?".

The slope of a curve is (y2-y1)/(x2-x1). Ohm's law provides R = V/I not R=I/V. However, the authors state the slope of this curve is the resistance. This would be true if the curve was reversed, i.e., with volts on the vertical axis and current on the horizontal one, but is not true as presented.

Here are a few other errors that provide an understanding of the problems present: To get the answers provided on page 26 Problem B, the total current would have had to been less than that stated by the authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 22 July 2014
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Good book for people with basic knowledge of electronics. Very interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 24 July 2014
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good for beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would highly recommend 30 Nov 2012
By jimbo
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Best primer I've found for gaining a good understanding of how fundamental components both work and what they are used for.
Excellent question and answer approach ensures understanding is maximised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 16 Mar 2013
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As a mature student on a part time engineering course, I've found this book invaluable in helping me understand the intricacies of electronics and it only arrived this morning! I'm sure time goes on it will prove an essential part of my library.
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