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Helpful, practical H.N.C and above
on 7 June 2015
This book is printed on high quality paper and improved with colour pics and diagrams. The text is of good size for those who require specs to read.
* Target audience
In my humble opinion, the quality of the work within this book by this author is broadly around H.N.C level and later then strays into initial degree level later on. This is a largely practical pitch, and still with its signature of reduced mathematical content, apart from BODMAS rules.
* Whats the best bits?
The best bits are carried from what's in the previous volume, 'Make Electronics'. Meaning this clarity continues and explains what you may be too shy to admit you may not grasp already? It describes individual components in enlightening ways, such as differing comparators and op amps configurations - the LM741 and quad op amp LM339 -, the simple transistors- the 2n2222, 555 timers, phototransistors, decoders and encoders and multiplexers, logic gates AND OR NOT NAND NOR XOR. And a major section of differing sensors is again very clearly explained.The great thing it promotes good comprehension skills with very tidy prototyping on boards that's is always be a very handy skill and is a major help in debugging when faults occur.
The reason why i estimate this book to be 'H.N.C' level plus is the problem of 'Rock, Paper, Scissors'. This i experienced this type of problem in my H.N.D, and this book goes into great lengths showing the principles of this multi logic setup, even going into multiple boards carrying discrete components and not always with logic gates. The lack of logical mapping is an unusual oversight considering its pitch. A nice thing is that it applied a system approach, advising blocks in order to avoid 'reinventing the wheel' and then working down into component level.
I enjoyed this largely practical book very much and devoured it over a week. Its refreshed lots of my half forgotten studies and gave me pleasure to read. The author explains on page 323 his background and this may surprise?