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The major revision of this classic boasts completely new drawings and more than 50% brand-new information - making it the most up-to-date and best resource on reading AND designing schematics available! When it comes to reading schematics, many people make the mistake of thinking it will be overly technical and difficult. The Third Edition of Beginner's Guide to Reading Schematics offers just the gentle solution that's needed for even the most nervous end-users. It helps you get up to speed so you're comfortable with user and technical manuals for various electronic devices and different types of systems. This practical guide is the place to start for anything related to an electronic diagram and/or symbol. It uses simple terms to convey the information you need to know. Electronics guru Stan Gibilisco treats you to a wealth of experience and technical precision mixed with straightforward, user-friendly language. He explains WHY some symbols look the way they do, and WHAT to look for when looking at circuits, inductors, capacitors, transformers, and resistors. Visual icons and clear explanations round out this concise, inexpensive package so that by the end, you'll not only understand how to read schematics, but will also likely be able to design your own. New to This Edition: More than 50% entirely new material, including information on complex circuits, such as microprocessors and microcontrollers Explains how to interpret and draw multi-page diagrams to show where wires should appear All new art, all 20% larger and much more readable Additional explanations of how currents and signals flow through circuits, guiding you through diagrams Easy-to-follow new icons and other visual cues All quantities expressed in English AND SI units
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. What's The Scheme Block Diagrams Flowcharts Schematic Symbology Schematic Interconnections Visual language Summary Chapter 2. Block Diagrams Functional Drawings Current and Signal Paths Flowcharts Process Paths Summary Chapter 3. Component Symbols Resistors and Potentiometers Capacitors Inductors and Transformers Switches Plugs, Jacks, and Outlets Diodes and Transistors Electron Tubes Cells and Batteries Wires and Cables Grounds and Antennas Integrated Circuits Exotic Symbols Summary Chapter 4. Simple Circuits Getting Started Component Labeling Troubleshooting with Schematics Other Forms of Designation Schematic/Block Combinations Summary Chapter 5. Complex Circuits Identifying the Building Blocks Analyzing Large Schematics Page Breaks Getting Comfortable with Large Schematics Summary Chapter 6. Pictorial Diagrams General Pictorials Breadboard Layouts Circuit-Board Layouts Three-Dimensional Drawings Summary APPENDIX A. Table of Symbols APPENDIX B. Resistor Color Codes

About the Author

Stan Gibilisco has authored or coauthored more than 50 books on physics, electronics, mathematics, and computing. He began his career as a radio-frequency design engineer, a technical writer, a magazine editor, and a wireless broadcast technician. The American Library Association named Stan's McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing (1995) as one of the "Best References of 1996." In addition to authoring several books in McGraw-Hill's Demystified series of home study guides, he has also written three books in the Know-It-All series for students who enjoy mathematics. Gibilisco's Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics has become a classic in the field.

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