Book Title: Electronics All In One for Dummies

Author: Doug Lowe

File Format: PDF

Language: English

Volume: 867.7 pages

File Size: 24.77 MB

About the Book:

Electronics All-in-One For Dummies is intended to be a reference for the most important topics you need to know when you dabble in building your own electronic circuits. It’s a big book made up of eight smaller books, which we
at the home office like to call minibooks. Each of these minibooks covers the basics of one key topic for working with electronics, such as circuit building techniques, how electronic components like diodes and transistors work or
using integrated circuits.
This book doesn’t pretend to be a comprehensive reference for every detail on every possible topic related to electronics. Instead, it shows you how to get up and running fast so that you have more time to do the things you really want to do. Designed using the easy-to-follow For Dummies format, this book helps you get the information you need without laboring to find it.
Whenever one big thing is made up of several smaller things, confusion is always a possibility. That’s why this book is designed with multiple access points to help you find what you want. At the beginning of the book is a detailed table of contents that covers the entire book. Then each minibook begins with a minitable of contents that shows you at a miniglance what chapters are included in that minibook. Useful running heads appear at the top of each page to point out the topic discussed on that page, and handy thumbtabs run down the side of the pages to help you find each minibook quickly. Finally, a comprehensive index lets you find information anywhere
in the entire book.
This isn’t the kind of book you pick up and read from start to finish, as if it were a cheap novel. If I ever see you reading it at the beach, I’ll kick sand in your face. Beaches are for reading romance novels or murder mysteries, not electronics books. Although you could read this book straight through from start to finish, this book is designed like a reference book, the kind of book you can pick up, open to just about any page, and start reading.
You don’t have to memorize anything in this book. It’s a “need-to-know” book: You pick it up when you need to know something. Need a reminder on how to calculate the correct load resistor for an LED circuit? Pick up the book. Can’t remember the pinouts for a 555 timer IC? Pick up the book. After you find what you need, put the book down and get on with your life.

Contents at a Glance

Getting Started in Electronics

  • Welcome to Electronics
  • Understanding Electricity
  • Creating Your Mad-Scientist Lab
  • Staying Safe
  • Reading Schematic Diagrams
  • Building Projects
  • The Secrets of Successful Soldering
  • Measuring Circuits with a Multimeter
  • Catching Waves with an Oscilloscope

Working with Basic Electronic Components

  • Working with Basic Circuits
  • Working with Resistors
  • Working with Capacitors
  • Working with Inductors
  • Working with Diodes and LEDs
  • Working with Transistors

Working with Integrated Circuits

  • Introducing Integrated Circuits
  • The Fabulous 555 Timer Chip
  • Working with Op-Amps

Getting into Alternating Current

  • Understanding Alternating Current
  • Working with Line Voltage
  • Building Power Supplies

Working with Radio and Infrared

  • Understanding Radio
  • Building a Crystal Radio
  • Working with Infrared

Doing Digital Electronics

  • Understanding Digital Electronics
  • Getting Logical
  • Working with Logic Circuits
  • Interfacing to Your Computer’s Parallel Port
  • Working with Flip-Flops

Working with BASIC Stamp Processors

  • Introducing Microcontrollers and the BASIC Stamp
  • Programming in PBASIC
  • More PBASIC Programming Tricks
  • Adding Sound and Motion to Your BASIC Stamp Projects

Special Effects

  • Building a Quiz-O-Matic
  • Building a Color Organ
  • Animating Holiday Lights
  • Building an Animatronic Prop Controller

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