# Complete Electronics Self-Teaching Guide with Projects

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Book Preface

The rapid growth of modern electronics is truly a phenomenon. Electronicdevices (including cell phones, personal computers, portable MP3 players, and digital cameras) are a big part of many of our daily lives. Many industries have been founded, and older industries have been revamped, because of the availability and application of modern electronics in manufacturing processes, as well as in electronic products. Electronic products are constantly evolving, and their impact on our lives, and even the way we socialize, is substantial.

WHAT THIS BOOK TEACHES

Complete Electronics Self-Teaching Guide with Projects is for anyone who has a basic understanding of electronics concepts and wants to understand the operation of components found in the most common discrete circuits. The chapters focus on circuits that are the building blocks for many common electronic devices, and on the very few (but important) principles you need to know to work with electronics.

The arrangement and approach is completely different from any other book on electronics in that it uses a question-and-answer approach to help you understand how electronic circuits work. This book steps you through calculations for every example in an easy-to-understand fashion, and you do not need to have a mathematical background beyond first-year algebra to follow along.

For many of you, the best way to understand new concepts is by doing, rather than reading or listening. This book reinforces your understanding of electronic concepts by leading you through the calculations and concepts for key circuits, as well as the construction of circuits. Projects interspersed throughout the material enable you to get hands-on practice. You build many of the circuits and observe or measure how they work.

Helpful sidebars are interspersed throughout the book to provide more information about how components work, and how to choose the right component. Other sidebars provide discussions of techniques for building and testing circuits. If you want this additional information, be sure to read these.

Understanding the circuits composed of discrete components and the applicable calculations discussed is useful not only in building and designing circuits, but it also helps you to work with integrated circuits (ICs). That’s because ICs use miniaturized components (such as transistors, diodes, capacitors, and resistors) that function based on the same rules as discrete components (along with some specific rules necessitated by the extremely small size of IC components).