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Learning the Art of Electronics


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1. DC circuits; 2. RC circuits; 3. Diode circuits; 4. Transistors I; 5. Transistors II; 6. Operational amplifiers I; 7. Operational amplifiers II: nice positive feedback; 8. Operational amplifiers III; 9. Operational amplifiers IV: nasty positive feedback; 10. Operational amplifiers V: PID motor control loop; 11. Voltage regulators; 12. MOSFET switches; 13. Group audio project; 14. Logic gates; 15. Logic compilers, sequential circuits, flip-flops; 16. Counters; 17. Memory: state machines; 18. Analog to digital: phase-locked loop; 19. Microcontrollers and microprocessors I: processor/controller; 20. I/O, first assembly language; 21. Bit operations; 22. Interrupt: ADC and DAC; 23. Moving pointers, serial buses; 24. Dallas Standalone Micro, SiLabs SPI RAM; 25. Toys in the attic; Appendices; Index.

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This pacy introduction to circuits assumes no knowledge of electronics. Students gain understanding by exposure to good design examples.

About the Author

Tom Hayes reached electronics via a circuitous route that started in law school and eventually found him teaching Laboratory Electronics at Harvard, which he has done for twenty-five years. He has also taught electronics for the Harvard Summer School, the Harvard Extension School, and for seventeen years in Boston University's Department of Physics. He shares authorship of one patent, for a device that logs exposure to therapeutic bright light. He and his colleagues are trying to launch this device with a startup company named Goodlux Technologies. Tom designs circuits as the need for them arises in the electronics course. One such design is a versatile display, serial interface and programmer for use with the microcomputer that students build in the course. Paul Horowitz is a Professor of Physics and of Electrical Engineering at Harvard University, where in 1974 he originated the Laboratory Electronics course from which emerged The Art of Electronics. In addition to his work in circuit design and electronic instrumentation, his research interests have included observational astrophysics, X-ray and particle microscopy, and optical interferometry. He is one of the pioneers of the search for intelligent life beyond Earth (SETI). He has also served as a member of the JASON Defense Advisory Group. He is the author of some two hundred scientific articles and reports, has consulted widely for industry and government, and is the designer of numerous scientific and photographic instruments.


'Author Thomas Hayes, ... designed the new volume for a full-semester laboratory course. [The book] is organised into 26 chapters, each offering rich context and clear explanations in labs, notes, supplementary material and worked problems ... labs are balanced between analog and digital electronics. Hayes begins with familiar analog circuitry and includes discussions of voltage dividers, Ohm's and Kirchoffs's laws, and Thevenin equivalents. The labs tackle RC filters in both time and frequency domains with a cheerful approach that is not overly mathematical ... retains many of the handsomely drawn circuits of the original Art of Electronics and is much more comprehensive ... Instructors will want to know if Learning the Art of Electronics can stand alone as an undergraduate lab text. The answer is yes. While the book does cross-reference The Art of Electronics, it 'means to be self-sufficient', and it achieves that goal.' Paul J. H. Tjossem, Physics Today

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