Basic Electronics
Theory and Practice
Edition: 2

Paperback & DVD: 978 1 68392 033 5 / $49.95
Published: July 2017  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 68392 261 2 / $124.95  
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Published: July 2017  

E-Book: 978 1 68392 034 2 / $29.95
Published: June 2017  

Publisher: Mercury Learning & Information
350 pp., 7" x 9"
This updated edition is an introduction appropriate for both the student and hobbyist to the theory and practice of electronics. It leads the reader through introductory understanding of the science underlying electronics, building basic circuits, learning the roles of the components, the application of digital theory and the possibilities for innovation by combining sensors, motors, and microcontrollers. Each chapter contains a brief lab to demonstrate the topic covered then moving on to the final projects that build a programmable robot with the Netduino or Arduino microcontroller and projects using Raspberry Pi. The companion disc has videos of the labs, soldering skills, and code samples for programming of the robot.

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• Leads the reader through an introductory understanding of electronics with both simple labs and progressing to the construction of a microcontroller-driven robot using open source software and hardware and projects to run on Raspberry Pi
• Companion disc contains videos of labs, tutorials on soldering/ de-soldering, code for the microcontroller robot project, and figures from the text

Table of Contents:
Part 1: The Fundamentals.
Chapter 1: The Theory Behind Electricity.
Chapter 2: How Electricity Works.
Chapter 3: Currents and Circuits.

Part 2: Your Workspace and Tools.
Chapter 4: Tools of the Trade.
Chapter 5: Shop Setup and Safety.

Part 3: Electronic Components.
Chapter 6: Switches.
Chapter 7: Resistors.
Chapter 8: Capacitors.
Chapter 9: Diodes.
Chapter 10: Transistors.
Chapter 11: Power Sources and Power Supplies.

Part 4: Getting to Work.
Chapter 12: Soldering.
Chapter 13: Constructing a Power Supply.

Part 5: Going Digital.
Chapter 14: Digital Theory.
Chapter 15: Integrated Circuits.
Chapter 16: Memory.
Chapter 17: Microcontrollers.

Part 6: Electronics in Action.
Chapter 18: Motors and Controllers.
Chapter 19: Sensors.
Chapter 20: Electronic Communication.

Part 7: Constructing a Robot.
Chapter 21: Building Your Robot.
Chapter 22: Getting Your Robot Moving.
Chapter 23: Adding Sensors to Your Robot.
Chapter 24: Using Raspberry Pi in Your Electronics Projects.

Appendix A: Glossary.
Appendix B: Component Shopping List.
Appendix C: Electronics Timeline.
Appendix D: Mathematics for Electronics.
Appendix E: Careers in Electronics.