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Basic Electronics

Theory and Practice

Sean Westcott
Jean Riescher Westcott

ISBN: 978-1-937585-41-9
Pub Date:  December 2014
Specs: 7 x 9   Paperback with CD
Pages: 350
Price: $49.95

Mercury Learning eBook

This book is an introduction appropriate for both the student and hobbyist to the theory and practice of electronics including advances in microcontrollers, sensors, and wireless communication. Covering both the theory and its practical application, this text leads the reader through introductory understanding of the science 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. Each chapter contains a brief lab to demonstrate the topic covered then moving onto the final part which combines the knowledge mastered by building a programmable robot. The book includes appendices on Mathematics for Electronics, A Timeline of Electronics Innovation, Careers in Electronics, and a Glossary. The companion disc has videos of the labs, soldering skills, and code samples for programming of the robot.


Brief Table of Contents

Part 1: The Fundamentals. Chapter 1: The Theory Behind Electricity. Chapter 2: How Electricity Works. Chapter 3: Currents and Circuits. Part 2: Your Workspace and Tools. Chapter 4: Tools of the Trade. Chapter 5: Shop Setup and Safety. Part 3: Electronic Components. Chapter 6: Switches. Chapter 7: Resistors. Chapter 8: Capacitors. Chapter 9: Diodes. Chapter 10: Transistors. Chapter 11: Power Sources and Power Supplies. Part 4: Getting to Work. Chapter 12: Soldering. Chapter 13: Constructing a Power Supply. Part 5: Going Digital. Chapter 14: Digital Theory. Chapter 15: Integrated Circuits. Chapter 16: Memory. Chapter 17: Microcontrollers. Part 6: Electronics in Action. Chapter 18: Motors and Controllers. Chapter 19: Sensors. Chapter 20: Electronic Communication. Part 7: Constructing a Robot. Chapter 21: Building Your Robot. Chapter 22: Getting Your Robot Moving. Chapter 23: Adding Sensors to Your Robot. Appendix A: Glossary. Appendix B: Component Shopping List. Appendix C: Electronics Timeline. Appendix D: Mathematics for Electronics. Appendix E: Careers in Electronics.

About the Authors

Sean Westcott is a network Administrator at MBP, Inc. His online writing can be found at Jean Riescher Westcott is a Senior Marketing Manager at IPM. Her personal blog is They are both the authors of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Electronic 101 (Alpha/Penguin Books).