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Basic Electronics for Scientists and Engineers

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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521154307
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  • Ideal for a one-semester course, this concise textbook covers basic electronics for undergraduate students in science and engineering. Beginning with the basics of general circuit laws and resistor circuits to ease students into the subject, the textbook then covers a wide range of topics, from passive circuits through to semiconductor-based analog circuits and basic digital circuits. Using a balance of thorough analysis and insight, readers are shown how to work with electronic circuits and apply the techniques they have learnt. The textbook's structure makes it useful as a self-study introduction to the subject. All mathematics is kept to a suitable level, and there are several exercises throughout the book. Password-protected solutions for instructors, together with eight laboratory exercises that parallel the text, are available online at

    • Ideally suited for a one-semester course on basic electronics for undergraduate students
    • Begins with the basics of general circuit laws and resistor circuits, with all mathematics kept to a suitable level
    • Readers learn how to work with electronic circuits and will be able to apply the techniques to other circuits
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    "Basic Electronics for Scientists and Engineers by Dennis Eggleston is an example of how the most important material in the introduction to electronics can be presented within a one semester time frame. The text is written in a nice logical sequence and is beneficial for students majoring in all areas of the Natural Science. In addition, many examples and detailed introduction of all equations allows this course to be taught to students of different background – sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Overall, the effort of the author is thrilling and, definitely, this text will be popular among many instructors and students."
    Anatoliy Glushchenko, Department of Physics and Energy Science, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

    "This text is an excellent choice for undergraduates majoring in Physics. It covers the basics, running from passive components through diodes, transistors and op-amps to digital electronics. This makes it self-contained and a one-stop reference for the student. A brief treatment of the semiconductor physics of silicon devices provides a good basis for understanding the mathematical models of their behaviour and the end-of-chapter problems help with the learning process. The concise and sequential nature of the book makes it easier to teach (and study) from than the venerable but somewhat overwhelming Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill."
    David Hanna, W C Macdonald Professor of Physics, McGill University

    "I have been frustrated in the past by my inability to find a suitable book for a one-semester Electronics course that starts with analog and progresses to basic digital circuits. Most available books seem to be out of date or aimed at electrical engineers rather than scientists. Eggleston’s book is exactly what I was looking for – a basic course ideal for science students needing a practical introduction to Electronics. Written concisely and clearly, the book emphasizes many practical applications, but with sufficient theoretical explanation so that the results don’t simply appear out of thin air."
    Susan Lehman, Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor and Chair of Physics, The College of Wooster

    "The illustrations are superb, and the style of writing is concise and clear. I recommend the book to those looking for a modern introduction to electronics."
    Klaus Galensa, Computing Reviews

    "...A useful, well-written work for academic curricula or self-study on numerous topics related to basic electronics and electrical circuit theory."
    L. McLauchlan, CHOICE

    "This excellent one-semester undergraduate text rapidly brings the reader from elementary concepts to useful circuits with real components. The practice problems are challenging and build on the concepts covered in the chapters."
    George Fischer for Optics and Photonics News

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    08th Jan 2017 by Lethanhdao

    The textbook is very suitable to the subject 's syllabus for my nonelectrical students . That is Basic Electronics for Information Technology. I would like to know the online practice part relation to the textbook.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521154307
    • length: 261 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 190 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 305 b/w illus. 83 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Basic concepts and resistor circuits
    2. AC circuits
    3. Band theory and diode circuits
    4. Bipolar junction transistors
    5. Field-effect transistors
    6. Operational amplifiers
    7. Oscillators
    8. Digital circuits and devices

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    Dennis L. Eggleston, Occidental College, Los Angeles
    Dennis L. Eggleston is Professor of Physics at Occidental College, Los Angeles, where he teaches undergraduate courses and labs at all levels (including the course on which this textbook is based). He has also established an active research program in plasma physics and, together with his undergraduate assistants, he has designed and constructed three plasma devices which form the basis for an active research program in plasma physics.

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