Electronics Technology Fundamentals - Electron Flow (2nd Edition)

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For courses in DC Circuits, AC Circuits, and Electronic Devices. Developed to address the need for a text that allows the fundamentals to be covered in reduced time, this unique text provides complete and concise coverage of the fundamentals of electronics without redundant examples and the equation derivations that take up so much space in traditional books. With an emphasis on component and circuit operation, analysis, applications, and testing, this text thoroughly explores the foundation of dc circuits, ac circuits, discrete electronic devices and op-amps in a narrative that students can understand. Revamped with a new four-color illustration and photo design, the Second Edition offers an updated pedagogical package that includes chapter opening vignettes, new margin notes, and component testing and applications discussions.

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Electronics Technology Fundamentals is a complete introduction to the increasingly complex study of electronics. This text presents do circuits, ac circuits, and devices in one condensed, easy-to-read volume, allowing these fundamentals to be covered in less time than required by "traditional" texts. Hailed by instructors as "an excellent, innovative approach" to teaching the fundamentals, the text presents all of the same vital information offered in traditional books while implementing the engaging, clear writing style and superb learning tools developed by seasoned authors Robert T. Paynter and B.J. Toby Boydell.

The following features are NEW to this Second Edition:
  • Full 4-color format improving clarity and visual appeal
  • Chapter opening vignettes helping the reader to connect the chapter material to "real-world" circuits and applications
  • New sections introducing the reader to component testing and fault symptoms
  • Many newer components and component packages appearing throughout
  • New margin notes introducing applications of principles and circuits
  • New margin notes demonstrating calculator key sequences for many of the problem-solving examples

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With the constant development of new applications and technologies, many educators have expressed a need for a single text that presents the fundamentals of electronics (dc circuits, ac circuits, and devices). Electronics Technology Fundamentals was written to fulfill this need. The first eight chapters cover do circuit fundamentals, the second eight chapters cover ac fundamentals, and the final ten chapters discuss discrete devices and circuits, op-amps, and op-amp circuits. Many basic electronics textbooks provide in-depth coverage of do and ac circuits, but little more than introductory-level coverage of electronic devices and circuits. Unlike these books, Electronics Technology Fundamentals explores electronic devices and circuits as thoroughly as it does do and ac circuits, making it the most comprehensive electronics fundamentals textbook on the market.

If you compare the second edition of Electronics Technology Fundamentals with its predecessor, you'll immediately see significant improvements in style and appearance. Enhanced four-color illustrations, updated photos, and improved page design combine with subtle changes in wording to make it easier to study and comprehend the material being presented. Users of the first edition will also notice significant additions to the text. Among these additions:

  • Chapter opening vignettes help the reader to connect the chapter material to "real-world" circuits and applications, or provide historical background.
  • New sections introduce the reader to component testing and fault symptoms.
  • New margin notes
    • Introduce applications of principles and circuits.
    • Demonstrate calculator key sequences for many of the problem-solving examples.
  • Many newer components and component packages are introduced at various points in the text.

Learning Aids

As always, our goal has been to produce a fundamentals book that students can really use in their studies. To this end, we have retained these effective learning ails from the first edition:

  • Performance-based objectives provide a handy overview of the chapter organization and a map to student learning.
  • Objective identifiers in the margins cross-reference the objectives with the material contained in the chapter. This helps students to locate the material needed to fulfill a given objective.
  • In-chapter practice problems included in most examples provide students with an immediate opportunity to apply the principles and procedures being demonstrated.
  • Summary illustrations provide a convenient description of circuit operating principles and applications. Many also provide comparisons between related circuits.
  • Margin notes throughout the text:
    • Highlight differences between theory and practice.
    • Provide reminders of principles covered in earlier sections or chapters.
  • Section review questions. Each section of the text ends with a series of review questions that provide students with the opportunity to gauge their learning processes.
  • Critical thinking questions. These questions, incorporated into many of the section reviews, challenge the students to think beyond the scope of the discussions.
  • Practice Problems. An extensive set of practice problems appears at the end of each chapter. In addition to standard practice problems, most sets include problems relating to previous chapters (Looking Back) as well as challenges (Pushing the Envelope).

Muttisim® Applications

Multisim® is a schematic capture, simulation, and programmable logic tool used by college and university students in their course of study of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. The circuits on the CD in this text were created for use with Multisim software.

Multisim is widely regarded as an excellent tool for classroom and laboratory learning. However, no part of this textbook is dependent upon the Multisim software or the files provided with this text. These files are provided at no extra cost to the consumer and are for use by anyone who chooses to utilize Multisim software.

As in the first edition of Electronics Technology Fundamentals, Multisim has been incorporated in a manner that allows instructors to choose (on an individual basis) whether or not to include the software in their curriculum. The CD-ROM included with the text contains over 160 Multisim applications files that have been greatly improved over previous versions.

The Multisim files packaged with this edition of the text provide greater dialogue with the reader. A circuit description box provided in each file directs the reader to measure specific values, make changes to each circuit, and observe how the circuit responds to these changes. Each simulation is like a small interactive lesson. The student becomes an active participant, greatly enhancing the learning experience.

The first 25% of the circuits on the CD included with this text are already rendered "live" for you by Electronics Workbench in the Textbook Edition of Multisim 7, enabling you to do the following:

  • Manipulate the interactive components and adjust the value of any virtual components.
  • Run interactive simulation on the active circuits and use any pre-placed virtual instruments.
  • Run analyses.
  • Run/print/save simulation results for the pre-defined viewable circuits.
  • Create your own circuits up to a maximum of 15 components.

The balance of the circuits requires that you have access to Multisim 7 in your school lab (the Lab Edition) or on your computer (Electronics Workbench Student Suite). If you do not currently have access to this software and wish to purchase it, please call Prentice Hall Customer Service at 1-800-2820693 or send a fax request to 1-800-835-5327.

If you need technical assistance or have questions concerning the Multisim software, contact Electronics Workbench directly for support at 416-9775550 or via the EWB website located at www.electronicsworkbench.com.

"Why Am I Learning This?"

Have you ever found yourself asking this question? If you have, then take a moment to read on.

Any subject is easier to learn if you understand why it is being taught and how it relates to your long-term goals. For this reason, we're going to take a moment to discuss a few things:

  • How the material in this book relates to a career in electronics technology
  • How you can get the most out of this course

Few developments have affected our lives during the past 30 years as profoundly as those in electronics technology. The electronic devices we take for granted, such as cellular phones, LANs, hand-held computers, home theaters, global positioning systems, and personal audio systems, exist as a result of the advances in technology made during this time. As a result of improvements in production technology, many electronic systems that once filled entire rooms can now be held in the palm of your hand. Even so, these systems are extremely complex devices that contain a wide variety of components, and each of these components operates according to one or more fundamental principles. These components and their operating principles are the subjects of this book.

Learning how to work on various electronic systems begins with learning the components and principles that are common to all of them. These principles may not always have a direct bearing on how to repair a specific electronic system, but they must be learned if you are to understand why things work the way they do. Learning how and why things work as they do allows you to grow beyond the scope of any book (or course).

The material presented in this book forms a foundation for the courses that are to follow. Successfully learning the material in this book will prepare you for later courses.

"How Can I Get the Most Out of This Course?"

There are several steps you can take to ensure that you will successfully complete this course and advance to the next. The first is to accept the fact that learning electronics requires active participation on your part. If you are going to learn the material in this book, you must take an active role in your education. Like learning to play a musical instrument, you need to practice on a regular basis. You can't learn how to play simply by reading the book. The same can be said about learning electronics. You must be actively involved in the learning process.

How do you get actively involved in the learning process? Here are some habits that will help you successfully complete your course of study:

  1. Attend class on a regular basis.
  2. Take part in classroom problem-solving sessions. Get out your calculator and solve the problems along with your classmates.
  3. Do all the assigned homework. Circuit analysis is a skill. As with any skill, you gain competency only through practice.
  4. Take part in classroom discussions. More often than not, classroom discussions can clarify points that otherwise may be confusing.
  5. Read the material before it is discussed in class. When you know what is going to be discussed in class, read the related material before the discussion. That way, you'll know which parts (if any) are causing you problems before the class begins.
  6. Actively study the material in your textbook.

Being an active reader means that you must do more than simply read the assignment. When you are studying new material, there are several things you should do:

  1. Learn the terminology. You are taught new terms because you need to know what they mean and both how and when to use them. When you come across a new term, take time ...

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