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Basic Electronics

Theory and Practice, Second Edition

Sean Westcott
Jean Riescher Westcott

ISBN: 978-1-683920-33-5
Pub Date:  February 2017
Specs: 6 x 9   Paperback with CD
Pages: 350
Price: $49.95


Designed for both the student and hobbyist, this updated revision 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 under discussion, then moves on to use all of the knowledge mastered to build a programmable robot (Arduino and Netduino). New material on using Raspberry Pi and Python has been included. The companion files include videos of the labs, soldering skills, and code samples for programming of the robot(available for downloading from the publisher by writing to Covering both the theory and also its practical applications, this text leads the reader through the basic scientific 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. It includes appendices on mathematics for electronics, a timeline of electronics innovation, careers in electronics, and a glossary.



1: The Theory Behind Electricity. 2: How Electricity Works. 3: Currents and Circuits. 4: Tools of the Trade. 5: Shop Setup and Safety. 6: Switches. 7: Resistors. 8: Capacitors. 9: Diodes. 10: Transistors. 11: Power Sources and Power Supplies. 12: Soldering. 13: Constructing a Power Supply. 14: Digital Theory. 15: Integrated Circuits. 16: Memory. 17: Microcontrollers. 18: Motors and Controllers. 19: Sensors. 20: Electronic Communication. 21A: Arduino-Building Your Robot. 21B: Netduino- Building Your Robot. 22A: Arduino -Getting Your Robot Moving. 22B: Netduino-Getting Your Robot Moving. 23A: Arduino: Adding Sensors to Your Robot. 23B: Netduino: Adding Sensors to Your Robot. 24: Using Raspberry Pi in Your Electronic Projects. 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. Index.

On the Companion Files!

(available for downloading from the publisher by writing to


Sean Westcott works in IT and cybersecurity in Washington, DC.
Jean Riescher Westcott is the co-author of Industrial Automation and Robotics.