Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition

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    "If there is a successor to Make: Electronics, then I believe it would have to be Practical Electronics for Inventors....perfect for an electrical engineering student or maybe a high school student with a strong aptitude for electronics....I’ve been anxiously awaiting this update, and it was well worth the wait."--GeekDad (

    Advance your electronics knowledge and gain the skills necessary to develop and construct your own functioning gadgets. Written by a pair of experienced engineers and dedicated hobbyists, Practical Electronics for inventors, Fourth Edition, lays out the essentials and provides step by step instructions, schematics, and illustrations. Discover how to select the right components, design and build circuits, use microcontrollers and ICs, work with the latest software tools, and test and tweak your creations. This easy to follow, no none sense guide to electronics features new instruction on programmable logic, semiconductors, operational amplifiers, voltage regulators, power supplies, digital electronics, and more!

    Coverage includes:

    • Resistors, capacitors, inductors, and transformers
    • Diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits
    • Optoelectronics, solar cells, and phototransistors
    • Sensors, GPS modules, and touch screens
    • Op amps, regulators, and power supplies
    • Digital electronics, LCD displays, and logic gates
    • Microcontrollers and prototyping platforms
    • Combinational and sequential programmable logic
    • DC motors, RC servos, and stepper motors
    • Microphones, audio amps, and speakers
    • Modular electronics and prototypes
    Table of contents

    Part I - Theory
    Chapter 1. Introduction
    Chapter 2. Theory
    Part II - Devices
    Chapter 3. Basic Electronic Components
    Chapter 4. Discrete Semiconductors
    Chapter 5. Optoelectronics
    Chapter 6. Sensors
    Chapter 7. Hands-on Electronics
    Part III - Design
    Chapter 8. Operational Amplifiers
    Chapter 9. Filters
    Chapter 10. Oscillators and Timers
    Chapter 11. Voltage Regulators and Power Supplies
    Chapter 12. Digital Electronics
    Chapter 13. Microcontrollers
    Chapter 14. Programmable Logic
    Chapter 15. Motors
    Chapter 16. Audio Electronics
    Chapter 17. Modular Electronics 
    Part IV - Appendixes
    Appendix A. Power Distribution and Home Wiring
    Appendix B. Error Analysis
    Appendix C. Useful Facts and Formulas

    Author comments

    Paul Scherz is a physicist/mechanical engineer who received his B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin. He is an inventor/hobbyist in electronics, an area he grew to appreciate through his experience at the University's Department of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics and the Department of Plasma Physics.

    Dr. Simon Monk has a degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering. Monk spent several years as an academic before he returned to industry, co-founding the mobile software company Momote Ltd. He has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens and is a full time writer on hobby electronics and open source hardware. Dr. Monk is the author of numerous electronics books, including 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius and Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius.

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