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Offline LokiiTopic starter

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« on: January 22, 2011, 03:38:22 PM »

I hope I am posting this in the correct location, if not I apologize.

I am looking for an electronics book that is essentially a review and packs all the information in a condensed format, I took electronics courses when I was younger but I have forgotten much of what I learned. On the flip side I have vastly greater knowledge of mathematics(3rd year undergrad math major).

I would like the book to go over the more interesting circuit theory, such as using ODE's to model the behavior of circuits.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Offline waltr

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Re: Books
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2011, 03:52:52 PM »
Not sure if this one is what you are looking for but "The Art of Electronics" has good practical circuit theory.

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Re: Books
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2011, 01:27:30 AM »

Not sure if this one is what you are looking for but "The Art of Electronics" has good practical circuit theory.
You don't really mean that?   :o

The book has lots of errors, is not very "appetizing", not very all round and it is outdated (not to mention that Win, one of the writers, is a typical teacher type and although he dabbles in his own company, he is severely limited when getting outside his box - OK, he's an old geezer now (if he's still alive today).
(Yeah, it's on my shelf too, but only because I didn't know what to wish for a birthday and I had heard several people singing its praise - After reading it, I wonder why, it's probably my least read book, but it's good as a paper weight ;))

For reading up on the material, there must be loads of better and certainly more current books. Not that I have any particular in mind, but I'd suggest reading some of the better electronics websites, that has amazon links to books they truly find something worth (but beware of those that just have a website to fill it with Amazon links to earn money on books they haven't ever held)

Or search some likely candidates on Google - many books can be read on Google Books with just a small percentage of pages "removed" - quite a good way to see if a book is worth its price tag.

Or just study the tutorials that can be found at allaboutcircuits (can be had in .pdf as well), or some of the other tutorial sites - plenty of pages out there for getting up to speed.

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Re: Books
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2011, 02:04:01 AM »
How about this book
"Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics"
It have Robotics too.

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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2011, 09:11:38 AM »
if you know anyone in college for electronics or robotics then ask them what books they use. those are some really freeking awesome books %90 of the time
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Re: Books
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2011, 11:49:54 AM »
This was really helpful and in-depth, it's more oriented to Analog electronics but it has some chapters on digital electronics as well.

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Re: Books
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2011, 06:17:20 PM »
MIT courses from the web -
videos of introductory but very good EE here:

If you look trough the courses on the ocw web you will find them pretty condensed :D
« Last Edit: January 25, 2011, 06:18:31 PM by andreidanescu »

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Re: Books
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2011, 08:04:12 PM »
Start with Schaum's outline series electric circuits from Joseph A. Administer
then hit Sedra/Smith and you are gonna be the best around... provided you can handle both books...

They come heavy on math for a schooler.... ;-)

Edit..... A math guy like you say you are would have no problem at all... That's uni-level books....
« Last Edit: January 26, 2011, 08:05:33 PM by TrickyNekro »
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Re: Books
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2011, 08:22:17 AM »
If you can find a used copy of this:

It's a great find for telling you how to actually *implement* a lot of the things you might know from control theory courses.  Although the 1994 edition is a bit dated (hence why used copies start at like $5) it offers explanations and circuits and sometimes will even mention which IC to use for a particular effect.  Great book if you can get it cheap -- I got mine when the school library was about to throw it out :-) .

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