Basic Electronics
Theory and Practice

Paperback & DVD: 978 1 937585 41 9 / $49.95
Published: February 2015  

Publisher: Mercury Learning & Information
350 pp., 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.

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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
    6) Switches
    7) Resistors
    8) Capacitors
    9) Diodes
    10) Transistors
    11) Power Sources and Power Supplies

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

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

    Part 6: Electronics in Action
    18) Motors and Controllers
    19) Sensors
    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 ,