A complete electronics course in 128 pages!
Author Forrest Mims teaches you the basics, takes you on a tour of analog and digital components, explains how they work, and shows you how they are combined for various applications. Includes circuit assembly tips and 100 electronic circuits and projects you can build and test.
Initially published for RadioShack in 1984, Getting Started in Electronics has proven itself to be a timeless classic. For nearly 40 years, this book has been the go-to resource and guide for countless hobbyists, tinkerers, and engineers alike. At RadioShack, we're extremely excited to offer Getting Started in Electronics in a digital ebook format to reach even more inquiring minds in today's modern, digital world.
Begin with the Basics
Learn about static electricity and how to make magnets and solenoids. Find out about direct current and alternating current. Then learn about electrical circuits that use batteries and lamps.
Basic Electronic Components
Switches, relays, meters, resistors, capacitors, transformers and more.
Diodes and Transistors
They are the key ingredients to modern electronic circuits. Find out what they do and how they work.
From dozens to many thousands of electronic components can be formed on tiny chips of silicon.
Digital Integrated Circuits
Learn the basics about digital logic gates using switches and transformers.
Linear Integrated Circuits
Linear circuits respond to only the presence or absence of voltage. Linear circuits respond to a wide range of voltages giving them many applications.
Circuit Assembly Tips
Learn how to use electronic components to make temporary circuits and permanent circuits using wire and solder.
100 Electronic Circuits
Now you're ready to build any or even all of the 100 tested and working circuits. The categories of circuits include basic, photonic, digital and linear.
More About the Author, Forrest M. Mims III
The book was developed during a 58-day marathon session of laying out the book and then drawing/printing the pages with a 0.7 mm mechanical pencil. It was then necessary to develop and test each of the 100 circuits. Each circuit was built and tested at least three times to avoid errors. The final round of tests was done directly from the hand-lettered text. The problem with the final testing was that many of the circuits could be built from memory without referring to the circuit diagrams in the book. This, of course, could have allowed errors to slip through. So it was necessary to check off each connection to make sure the book version was correctly reassembled from scratch.
This was the first Radio Shack book that was entirely hand-lettered. Dave Gunzel, then Radio Shack's technical editor, decided it was time for a fully hand-lettered book, and I was glad to oblige. "Engineer's Notebook," which preceded "Getting Started in Electronics," was introduced with several typed pages before full hand lettering was begun. It was Dave's idea to introduce these books, which eventually led to the "Engineer's Mini-Notebook" series. Dave used to witness science entries in my hand-lettered lab notebooks, and those notebooks triggered his idea for me to do the hand-lettered books.
My major recent book is "Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory: 50 Years of Monitoring the Atmosphere" (University of Hawaii Press). My newest book is "Forrest Mims' Science Experiments" (Maker Media, 2016), a compilation of 32 of my science columns in MAKE Magazine.
A full list of my books, scientific papers, magazine articles and newspaper columns is at www.forrestmims.org. I am wrapping up "Environmental Science: A Practical Perspective." I am also planning a popular version of the Mauna Loa Observatory book and a new memoir about my work as a serious amateur scientist.
Copyright © 1983, 2000, 2021 by Forrest M. Mims, III. All rights reserved.
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