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Learning the Art of Electronics
A Hands-On Lab Course

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  • Date Published: March 2016
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521177238
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  • This introduction to circuit design is unusual in several respects. First, it offers not just explanations, but a full course. Each of the twenty-five sessions begins with a discussion of a particular sort of circuit followed by the chance to try it out and see how it actually behaves. Accordingly, students understand the circuit's operation in a way that is deeper and much more satisfying than the manipulation of formulas. Second, it describes circuits that more traditional engineering introductions would postpone: on the third day, we build a radio receiver; on the fifth day, we build an operational amplifier from an array of transistors. The digital half of the course centers on applying microcontrollers, but gives exposure to Verilog, a powerful Hardware Description Language. Third, it proceeds at a rapid pace but requires no prior knowledge of electronics. Students gain intuitive understanding through immersion in good circuit design.

    • The course is intensive, teaching electronics in day-at-a-time practical doses so that students can learn in a hands-on way
    • The integration of discussion of design with a chance to try the circuits means students learn quickly
    • The course has been tried and tested, and proven successful through twenty-five years of teaching
    • The book is practical: it avoids mathematics and mathematical arguments and even includes a complete list of parts needed in the laboratory exercises, including where and how to buy them
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    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

    ‘… a well-paced, self-guided course for anyone (who realistically has completed one year of undergraduate studies prior) wanting to get into electronics.’ Kymani Armstrong-Williams,

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    18th Apr 2021 by Suelia

    Excelente book, I will use next curse at UnB in Brazil. Very good examples and analysis. I recommended this book.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521177238
    • length: 1150 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 204 x 41 mm
    • weight: 2.13kg
    • contains: 180 b/w illus. 20 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Authors

    Thomas C. Hayes
    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, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    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.

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