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Electrical Engineering 101, Third Edition: Everything You Should Have Learned in School...but Probably Didn't

Electrical Engineering 101, Third Edition: Everything You Should Have Learned in School...but Probably Didn't

Electrical Engineering 101, Third Edition: Everything You Should Have Learned in School...but Probably Didn't
By Darren Ashby

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Book Description

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:

  • Microcontrollers
  • FPGAs
  • 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.


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #91086 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

Editorial Reviews

Review

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.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
3Focus on Fundamentals, Good. Mistakes in Fundamental Formulas, Bad.
By Aaron Mallabar
Well I am through Chapter 2, and so far it is an interesting tone for a book like this. It makes it easy to read, and I think that it is a good tone to get a big picture, and intuitive way to study circuits. I bought this book to review what I learned in my first few Circuits and EE courses of college. The biggest thing for me about the first 50 or so pages is that Ashby want to focus on the fundamentals. This is good, helps with intuition and understanding of a circuit, BUT I do not understand how you can focus on the basics, while one of the most import fundamental formulas in Electrical Engineering are wrong. The three resistors/inductors in parallel formula (Page 31/32 Equations: 2-11, 2-12, 2-13) works only for two components not three or more, in order to focus on the fundamentals, and a real understanding Ashby should have gone with inverse summation formula: 1/Rtot = 1/R1 + 1/R2 + 1/R3. This might be a harsh review on this one mistake, however, it makes me question other formulas and facts in this book. I will update this review after finishing the book to see if Ashby redeems himself.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
3Not for beginners
By K. Greene
This book was recommended as a great book to learn about basic electronics. I have a computer science background but have never had a course in electronics. I am disappointed in the book. It assumes knowledge of basic concepts in some cases but laboriously describes other basic concepts. For instance "when both voltage and current are in synch, they are in phase." What does it mean for voltage and current to be "in synch"? I think perhaps it is more a basic theoretical book for engineers than a practical book for a person wanting to learn how electricity and circuits work. Also, I concur with another reviewer that the equations in the kindle are impossible to read. I wish I could return the book and find another.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5I wish I had this book when I was a student
By Coralio
...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.

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