Digital Electronics: A Simplified Approach

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9780135056943: Digital Electronics: A Simplified Approach

Approaching the task of learning digital electronics operation from a developmental approach, rather than relying on antiquated rote memorization, this user-friendly guide emphasizes the use of developmental techniques to derive the knowledge necessary to understand operational and design concepts. Employs many innovative ideas to simplify understanding of digital concepts, enlightening readers with wisdom gained from over thirty years of author's electronics experience in government, academia, and industry. Takes a developmental approach to show how logic gates operate, promoting a step-by-step assimilation of information needed to understand AND, OR, NAND, and NOT gate operations, and enabling readers to complete truth tables and draw a gate's output with ease. Uses a logical approach in its analysis of Boolean and DeMorgan's theorems, and includes methods on how to read a Boolean expression and develop alternate logic gate symbols.

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PREFACE

Digital Electronics: A Simplified Approach was written for the reader who is interested in understanding digital logic operation. It presents the prerequisite material for advanced microprocessor/microcomputer courses. A good foundation in semiconductors and circuits is helpful, but not mandatory, for learning most of the material in this textbook.

Information in this book is presented using a developmental approach to learning. It places learning by rote in antiquity where it belongs. Instead, the reader is taught how to derive the knowledge necessary to understand operational and design concepts.

Each chapter starts with a brief introduction, a list of important terms, and chapter objectives. The chapter objectives are broad by design and tell the reader what the ultimate outcome of achieving the section objectives will produce. The introduction and list of important terms let the reader know generally where he or she is going and what to look for along the way.

Each section within a chapter starts with objectives that support the overall chapter objectives. These section objectives let the reader know exactly what should be learned in the section. Each section ends with review questions that ensure the section objectives have been met.

Internal summaries are incorporated throughout the book. These summaries may be placed after each section, or they may include two or more sections if the material so dictates. Internal summary questions follow each internal summary.

There is a chapter summary at the end of each chapter. In addition, end-of-chapter questions cover the most important points in the chapter. Most chapters contain a practical applications section and a troubleshooting section. These sections are used to incorporate real-world applications and problems.

Critical thinking questions and problems at the end of each chapter are marked CT. These questions/problems generally require the logical application of previously learned material or the application of several different principles or pieces of information and are sometimes more difficult than standard questions in terms of deriving an answer.

The information set off in colored blocks and titled In-Depth Look in the text is optional but often beneficial. The information delves into basic operation of a device or circuit. If operation of that device or circuit is already understood, the reader can then skip forward to the end of the in-depth material.

I wish to thank the following reviewers of the manuscript: Dale Blackburn, ECPI College of Technology; Steve Coe; Gene Dunlap, ITT Technical Institute; Doug Fuller, Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology; Joe Gryniuk, Lake Washington Technical College; Anthony Hearn, Community College of Philadelphia; David Longobardi; William Mack, Harrisburg Area Community College; Robert Martin, Northern VA Community College; Byron Paul; Dr. Robert A. Powell; Lee Rosenthal, Fairleigh Dickinson University; and Larry J. Wheeler, PSE&G Nuclear.

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This new book approaches digital electronics from a student perspective. Written in a clear, understandable style, Digital Electronics: A Simplified Approach offers students the foundation of digital electronics necessary to proceed in their electronics education.

The text features many key learning aids for students, including:

  • Each chapter begins with a listing of topics covered.
  • Conceptual introductions offer a chapter preview to prepare students for upcoming topics.
  • Important terms are outlined at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Performance-based chapter objectives give students measurable goals and activities to complete.
  • Internal summary questions follow each section to provide a quick review of material covered.
  • Most chapters include a separate Troubleshooting section to show students applications of theory presented in the text.
  • For the instructor, a full set of supplements is available to assist in class preparation, including an Instructor's Solutions Manual, Text Item File, Prentice Hall Custom Test, and PowerPoint Transparencies.

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