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Theory and Practice
Jean Riescher Westcott
Paperback & DVD: 978 1 937585 41 9 / $49.95
Published: February 2015
Mercury Learning & Information
7" x 9"
Designed for both the student and hobbyist, this book is an introduction to the theory and practice of electronics including advances in microcontrollers, sensors, and wireless communication. Each chapter contains a brief lab to demonstrate the topic covered then moves on to the final part which combines the knowledge mastered by building a programmable robot (Arduino and Netduino). The companion disc includes videos of the labs, soldering skills, and code samples for programming of the robot.
Covering both the theory and its practical application, this text leads the reader through the basic science concepts 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. The book includes appendices on mathematics for electronics, a timeline of electronics innovation, careers in electronics, and a glossary.
Companion files are available for downloading with order number/proof of purchase by writing to the publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Includes a companion disc with eighteen video tutorials on currents, soldering, power supply, resistors, decoder circuits, and more
Leads the reader through an introductory understanding of electronics with simple labs and then progressing to the construction of a microcontroller-driven robot using open source software and hardware (Netduino and Arduino versions)
Presents theoretical concepts in a conversational tone, followed by hands-on labs to engage readers by presenting practical applications
Table of Contents:
Part 1: The Fundamentals
1) The Theory Behind Electricity
2) How Electricity Works
3) Currents and Circuits
Part 2: Your Workspace and Tools
4) Tools of the Trade
5) Shop Setup and Safety
Part 3: Electronic Components
11) Power Sources and Power Supplies
Part 4: Getting to Work
13) Constructing a Power Supply
Part 5: Going Digital
14) Digital Theory
15) Integrated Circuits
Part 6: Electronics in Action
18) Motors and Controllers
20) Electronic Communication
Part 7: Constructing a Robot
21A) Building Your Robot--Arduino
21B) Building Your Robot--Netduino
22A) Getting Your Robot Moving--Arduino
22B) Getting Your Robot Moving--Netduino
23A) Adding Sensors to Your Robot--Arduino
23B) Adding Sensors to Your Robot--Netduino
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Timeline of Electronics.
Appendix C: Mathematics for Electronics
Appendix D: Careers in Electronics
Appendix E: Resources
Appendix F: Answers for Odd-Numbered Exercises.
Appendix G: Lab Video Directory.
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Reviews & Endorsements:
An excellent textbook choice for a basic electronics curriculum, "Basic Electronics: Theory and Practice" is strongly recommended for high school, technical college, and university instructional reference collections.
- Midwest Book Review
Basic Electronics Theory and Practice
is a new book by Sean Westcott and Jean R. Westcott that lives up to its title, it covers the basics of electronics. It would be a good book for the high school or college student who wants to learn the fundamentals, components and systems employed in electronics. It could actually be a good review book for an electronics engineer.
- Sam Davis
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