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Practical Electronics for Inventors 2/E

Practical Electronics for Inventors 2/E
Author: Paul Scherz
ISBN 13: 9780071452816
ISBN 10: 71452818
Edition: 2
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 952
List Price: $39.95


This intuitive, applications-driven guide to electronics doesn't overload you with technical detail. Instead, it tells you — and shows you — what basic and advanced electronics parts and components do, and how they work. Practical Electronics for Inventors offers over 750 hand-drawn images that provide clear, detailed instructions that can help turn theoretical ideas into realities.


Covering the entire field of electronics, from basics through analog and digital, AC and DC, integrated circuits (ICs), semiconductors, stepper motors and servos, ICD displays, and various input/output devices, this guide even includes a full chapter on the latest microcontrollers. If you want to succeed in turning your ideas into workable electronic gadgets and inventions, this is THE book.


This revised, improved, and completely updated second edition reflects suggestions offered by the loyal hobbyists, students, and inventors who made the first edition a bestseller.

Reader-suggested improvements in this guide include:

  • Thoroughly expanded and improved theory chapter
  • New sections covering test equipment, optoelectronics, microcontroller circuits, and more
  • Answered problems throughout the book

Practical Electronics for Inventors takes you through reading schematics, building and testing prototypes, purchasing electronic components, and safe work practices. You'll find all this in a guide that's destined to get your creative — and inventive — juices flowing.

New projects, sample problems, and much more!

Starting with a light review of electronics history, physics, and math, the book provides an easy-to-understand overview of all major electronic elements, including:

  • Basic passive components
  • Resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers
  • Discrete passive circuits
  • Current-limiting networks, voltage dividers, filter circuits, attenuators
  • Discrete active devices
  • Diodes, transistors, thrysistors
  • Microcontrollers
  • Rectifiers, amplifiers, modulators, mixers, voltage regulators

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


Covering the same basic information as other introductory electronics books, only presenting the information on particular devices and circuits do before discussing the physics of how they work, this text covers basic circuit components, semiconductors, optoelectronics, integrated circuits, operational amplifiers, filters, oscillators and timers, voltage regulators, audio electronics, digital electronics, DC motors, RC servos, and other devices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)