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Electrical Engineering 101, Third Edition: Everything You Should Have Learned in School...but Probably Didn't
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Electrical Engineering 101 covers the basic theory and practice of electronics, starting by answering the question "What is electricity?" It goes on to explain the fundamental principles and components, relating them constantly to real-world examples. Sections on tools and troubleshooting give engineers deeper understanding and the know-how to create and maintain their own electronic design projects. Unlike other books that simply describe electronics and provide step-by-step build instructions, EE101 delves into how and why electricity and electronics work, giving the reader the tools to take their electronics education to the next level. It is written in a down-to-earth style and explains jargon, technical terms and schematics as they arise. The author builds a genuine understanding of the fundamentals and shows how they can be applied to a range of engineering problems.
This third edition includes more real-world examples and a glossary of formulae. It contains new coverage of:
- Classes of components
- Memory (RAM, ROM, etc.)
- Surface mount
- High speed design
- Board layout
- Advanced digital electronics (e.g. processors)
- Transistor circuits and circuit design
- Op-amp and logic circuits
- Use of test equipment
- Gives readers a simple explanation of complex concepts, in terms they can understand and relate to everyday life.
- Updated content throughout and new material on the latest technological advances.
- Provides readers with an invaluable set of tools and references that they can use in their everyday work.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #69327 in Books
- Published on: 2011-09-09
- Released on: 2011-08-26
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 9.25" h x .72" w x 7.50" l, 1.35 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 304 pages
From Amazon.com reviews:
"This is a great book because the author is taking basic theory and providing the reader with some good intuitive tools to gain a foothold on how components work.
Many textbook authors in the circuit analysis arena (or electrical engineering as a broader area) tend to do one of 3 things: a) Over explain a concept until the reader loses track of what he is doing b) Skip too many steps in showing the derivation of a formula or the solving of a problem. c) Place more emphasis on the mathematics associated with specific problem rather than the problems significance.
The author clearly avoids these traps. His text is reminiscent of a bygone era where engineering books actually sought to explain concepts and their significance."
"I would recommend this book to anyone interested in electronics. This book helped me understand concepts that I struggled with in class and for years after school."
"This is what more educational institutions need - someone who can take a subject and simplify it so that it is easy to recall. I have a BSEE and these topics were always taught from just a mathematical standpoint. The author takes the subject and teaches it in a way that is easily memorable."
"My background is Mechanical Engineering and I found this book to be extremely useful and interesting. I purchased this book in order to get a better understanding of the EE basics. Like most universities a ME takes an EE 101 course that is essentially a weed out course. The problem with a weed out course is that in the end you don't have a solid understanding of what the underlying basics are. If this sounds familiar, you should definitely buy this book."
"This book is an easy read after you've gone through EE. Makes you see the forest from the trees. Spend so much time in early circuits classes just trying to figure out currents, gains and voltages that all I could do was the math (the trees). This book has helped not only to review concepts, but to help me see what these components are doing (the forest). Enjoying the book."
"I enjoyed this book very much. I especially liked the software on the CD, which had nice tools to work with. I enjoyed the clarity in the writing and the informal style. I was having trouble grasping concepts in some of the more formal books on EE, which made it sound more like magic than science. The way the author related EE concepts to mechanical ones helped tremendously. I recommend this book highly, if you are new to electronics."
From the Back Cover
Electrical Engineering 101 covers the basic theory and practice of electronics, starting by answering the question "What is electricity?" It goes on to explain the fundamental principles and components, relating them constantly to real world examples. Sections on tools and troubleshooting give engineers deeper understanding and the knowhow to create and maintain their own electronic design projects. Unlike other books that simply describe electronics and provide step by step build instructions, Electronics Engineering 101 delves into how and why electricity and electronics work, giving the reader the tools to take their electronics education to the next level.
Darren Ashby builds a genuine understanding of the fundamentals and shows how they can be applied to a range of engineering problems. This third edition includes more real world examples and a glossary of formulae. It contains new coverage of microcontrollers, FPGAs, memory, surface mount, high speed design, board layout, advanced digital electronics, use of test equipment and transistor, op amp and logic circuits and circuit design.
Most helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
I wish I had this book when I was a student
...getting a passing grade (or rather, an A) in electronics and control theory would have been so much easier...
It's an awesome book, built from the ground up, to help you understand - and apply - electrical engineering concepts. The author is a top notch teacher. It's an equally useful read for hobbyists and makers who want to become better at designing circuits, and students who need to absolve their classes.
I'm really glad I bought it, and my only regret is that I didn't have it when I was a student. ;)
EDIT: I do need to add two small problems I noticed. One is that it was obviously aimed at engineers trying to polish up their skills. It's a revisiting the basics book, however it omits too much to be a good basics book for non-engineers in my view.
Also, the part about software is somewhat confused and contains some factual errors. An average electrical engineer's view of operating systems is similar to an average software engineer's view of op amps - that is, dodgy to say the best. ;) Thankfully that doesn't distract anything from the actual technical information provided, which is really good.
Still, it's a great book, the five stars stay.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Everything is Explained!!!
I've gone through literally dozens of books on the topic of Electronics and this is
the FIRST to explain WHY everything is what it is. Because the author does a tremendous job drilling
down on the fundamentals, and expanding on the basic principles, we can then begin to understand
as to how it all relates to more advanced topics. I have not yet seen a book on this subject
that came even close to really explaining what electricity really is, and what it means to problem
solve. Common sense is no more common than paper bags but this book will teach you common sense
if you don't have it and leverage the common sense that some do have. I can't emphasize this enough...DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND BUY THIS BOOK. I plan to reread it as many times as it takes to
commit to memory. The Fundamentals are all here and explained in an interesting an systematic process that
helps to understand what is really going on with building/testing/troubleshooting circuitry.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Electrical Engineering 101 3rd eddition review
By Amazon Customer
This is a gem that needs to be kept on your bookshelf. I absolutely love this book. The Chapter that I enjoyed the most was CH 4 "The real world". Although most of what in the book I learned in my undergrad, Darren's advice on remembering the basics is about the best advice in the book. As a fist year EE in the workforce as long as you understand the basic concepts of the technical aspect of your job you will excel. I can honestly say that although knowing the theory is good, its not quite as good as knowing intuitively why something happens. The other chapter I enjoyed was CH 7. Darren gives some pretty good advice on people to avoid at your job and some pretty good managerial tips. Maybe I need to tell my boss to read that chapter who's not an engineer!