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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 1 edition (25 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471264067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471264064
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,022,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn practical electronics at your own pace

What is a semiconductor? How do you lay out circuits to avoid noise and interference? What do inductors and transformers have in common? How does a coaxial cable carry power to an antenna? With Practical Electronics: A Self–Teaching Guide, you’ll discover the answers to these questions and many more about the basics of electricity and electronic components.

Thoroughly researched for our digital age, this easy–to–use guide makes familiar the workings of transistors, capacitors, diodes, resistors, integrated circuits, and more. Electronics expert Ralph Morrison starts you off with two of the simplest electronic components, showing you how to combine them into circuits and then add more components to create more complex circuits. He includes detailed "learning circuits," which are electronic circuits you can build yourself, even if you have had no prior electronics experience. The clearly structured format of Practical Electronics makes it fully accessible, providing an easily understood, comprehensive overview for everyone from the student to the engineer to the hobbyist.

Like all Self–Teaching Guides, Practical Electronics allows you to build gradually on what you have learned at your own pace. Questions and self–tests reinforce the information in each chapter and allow you to skip ahead or focus on specific areas of concern. Packed with useful, up–to–date information, this clear, concise volume is a valuable learning tool and reference source for anyone who wants to improve his or her understanding of basic electronics.

About the Author

RALPH MORRISON is a consultant and lecturer in the area of electronics and interference control. He has more than thirty years of design and consulting experience, and was president of Instrum, Inc., for more than a decade. Morrison has authored Electricity: A Self–Teaching Guide; The Fields of Electronics: Understanding Electronics Using Basic Physics; Grounding and Shielding Techniques, Fourth Edition; Noise and Other Interfering Signals; Grounding and Shielding in Facilities; and Solving Interference Problems in Electronics, all published by Wiley.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book, although a "self-teach" guide, assumes a fairly high initial understanding of physics and electrical principles. It is very helpful in the way the user is taken through individual components step by step, however I found the book very theory-heavy and would have prefered a little more practical application for explanation purposes, but that's just how my mind works.
All in all a very useful book for those wishing to expand upon an existing basic knowledge of the subject. I would NOT recommend this unless you have A-level knowledge already as it will just make your head spin and cause more confusion than learning.
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Interesting Book 17 Dec. 2010
By mnwx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a home hobbyist always looking to learn more about electronics. I purchased the book and found it interesting but I was disappointed when I could not find a part to complete the list of components required to follow along with the book. I tried contacting the author for a suitable substitute but never received any response. I tried several online data sheet websites but was never able to find a match. I think the Make Electronics book is a more user friendly book for a beginner.
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Don't go down the wrong road 6 Jan. 2011
By java - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Trouble right off the bat. On page 12 (of my edition) the author displays a figure (figure 1.5). But the author confuses the reader by introducing values in the written text that do not match the values shown in the figure. What? Faith in the author's ability to communicate is lost by page 12. Time is too short, don't waste it on this book. I didn't go any further.
Experiments and theory very good. Well written 29 Nov. 2014
By Gregory E. Boyk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very informative. Experiments and theory very good. Well written. Many schematics.
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Need hands on experience 8 Feb. 2008
By Mikey R - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book along with several others to refresh by skills in basic electronics for a job test. Found it ok but the one I bought from HeathKit was far superior for relearninh the material.
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