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Electronics All-In-One for Dummies, UK Edition


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Introduction 1 Book I: Getting Started with Electronics 7 Chapter 1: Entering the Exciting World of Electronics 9 Chapter 2: Understanding Electricity 21 Chapter 3: Creating Your Own Mad-Scientist Lab 37 Chapter 4: Staying Safe 59 Chapter 5: Reading Schematic Diagrams 69 Chapter 6: Building Your Own Electronic Projects 83 Chapter 7: Uncovering the Secrets of Successful Soldering 115 Chapter 8: Measuring Circuits with a Multimeter 127 Chapter 9: Catching Waves with an Oscilloscope 141 Book II: Working with Basic Electronic Components 153 Chapter 1: Working with Basic Circuits 155 Chapter 2: Working with Resistors 197 Chapter 3: Working with Capacitors 227 Chapter 4: Working with Inductors 249 Chapter 5: Working with Diodes and LEDs 261 Chapter 6: Working with Transistors 287 Book III: Working with Integrated Circuits 313 Chapter 1: Introducing Integrated Circuits 315 Chapter 2: The Fabulous 555 Timer Chip 327 Chapter 3: Working with Op Amps 363 Book IV: Getting into Alternating Current 383 Chapter 1: Understanding Alternating Current 385 Chapter 2: Working with Mains Voltage 397 Chapter 3: Supplying Power for Your Electronics Projects 4109 Book V: Working with Radio and Infrared 421 Chapter 1: Tuning in to Radio 423 Chapter 2: Building a Crystal Radio 437 Chapter 3: Working with Infrared 449 Book VI: Doing Digital Electronics 467 Chapter 1: Understanding Digital Electronics 469 Chapter 2: Getting Logical 483 Chapter 3: Putting Logic Circuits to Work 505 Chapter 4: Interfacing to Your Computer?s Parallel Port 535 Chapter 5: Getting the Hang of Flip-Flops 567 Book VII: Working with BASIC Stamp Processors 591 Chapter 1: Introducing Microcontrollers and the BASIC Stamp 593 Chapter 2: Programming in PBASIC 615 Chapter 3: Discovering More PBASIC Programming Tricks 641 Chapter 4: Adding Sound and Motion to Your BASIC Stamp Projects 661 Book VIII: Having Fun with Special Effects 679 Chapter 1: Synchronising Sight and Sound with a Colour-Organ Circuit 681 Chapter 2: Unearthing Hidden Treasure with a Handy Metal Detector 693 Chapter 3: Making Light Dance to the Music 713 Chapter 4: Hacking a Toy to Make a Talking Puppet 741 Index 767

About the Author

Doug Lowe is a life-long tinkerer and a computer programming book author. He's written books on COBOL, Fortran, Visual Basic, IBM mainframe computers, mid-range systems, PCs and Web programming. He's the best-selling author of more than 30 For Dummies books. Dickon Ross is the Editor-in-Chief of E&T Magazine, published by the Institute of Electronics and Technology, and the Editor-in-Chief of Flipside , a science, engineering and technology magazine for young teenagers. He is the author of the UK edition of Electronics For Dummies.

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