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Helps design, optimize, install, troubleshoot, interface, and use electronic devices. This book, filled with tables, charts, and checklists, diagrams, formulas, and clear directions, helps to design equipment, optimize the performance of electronic devices and also troubleshoot devices and systems.

### Author Notes

Stan Gibilisco is the author of several important scientific books, including Understanding Einstein's Theory of Relativity and Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics. While his primary interests are in technical and scientific fields, his passion has always been writing. He has worked as vice president of an electronic company and explains the exciting field of electronics in clear and complete terms.

Gibilisco was born on September 26, 1953 in Birmingham, Ala. and educated at the University of Minnesota.

(Bowker Author Biography)

### Table of Contents

Preface | p. xiii |

Acknowledgments | p. xv |

Chapter 1. Direct Current | p. 1 |

The Nature of DC | p. 1 |

Ohm's Law | p. 5 |

Resistive Networks | p. 8 |

DC Magnetism | p. 16 |

Chapter 2. Alternating Current | p. 23 |

Frequency and Waveform | p. 23 |

Degrees, Radians, and Amplitude | p. 29 |

Phase Relationships | p. 34 |

Utility Power Transmission | p. 39 |

Chapter 3. Impedance | p. 45 |

Inductive Reactance | p. 45 |

Current and Voltage in RL Circuits | p. 47 |

Capacitive Reactance | p. 51 |

Current and Voltage in RC Circuits | p. 55 |

Imaginary Numbers | p. 59 |

Characteristic Impedance | p. 65 |

Admittance | p. 68 |

Chapter 4. Digital Basics | p. 75 |

Numbering Systems | p. 75 |

Logic | p. 77 |

Binary Logic Gates | p. 79 |

Digital Circuits | p. 80 |

Binary Digital Communications | p. 84 |

Data Types and Conversions | p. 85 |

Data Compression | p. 87 |

Packet Communications | p. 89 |

RGB Color Model | p. 91 |

Digital Signal Processing | p. 92 |

Chapter 5. Wire and Cable | p. 95 |

Wire Conductors | p. 95 |

Wire Splicing | p. 101 |

Electrical Cable | p. 103 |

Fiber-Optic Cable | p. 107 |

Connectors | p. 109 |

Chapter 6. Power Supplies | p. 117 |

Parts of a Power Supply | p. 117 |

Power Transformers | p. 118 |

Rectifiers | p. 120 |

Filters | p. 125 |

Voltage Regulation | p. 128 |

Protection of Equipment | p. 129 |

Electrochemical Power Sources | p. 132 |

Specialized Power Systems | p. 139 |

Personal Safety | p. 142 |

Chapter 7. Diodes | p. 143 |

P-N Junction | p. 143 |

Power-Supply Applications | p. 147 |

Signal Applications | p. 149 |

Oscillation and Amplification | p. 157 |

Photoemission | p. 159 |

Photosensitive Diodes | p. 161 |

Chapter 8. Transistors and Integrated Circuits | p. 165 |

The Bipolar Transistor | p. 165 |

Current Amplification | p. 169 |

Basic Bipolar Transistor Circuits | p. 172 |

The Field-Effect Transistor | p. 175 |

Voltage Amplification | p. 178 |

The MOSFET | p. 182 |

Basic FET Circuits | p. 185 |

Integrated Circuits | p. 189 |

Linear ICs | p. 191 |

Digital ICs | p. 193 |

Component Density | p. 195 |

IC Memory | p. 196 |

Chapter 9. Transducers and Sensors | p. 199 |

Acoustic Transducers | p. 199 |

Electromagnetic Transducers | p. 202 |

Electromechanical Transducers | p. 204 |

Sensors | p. 212 |

Chapter 10. Electron Tubes | p. 223 |

Tube Forms | p. 223 |

The Triode | p. 227 |

Multigrid Tubes | p. 228 |

Circuit Configurations | p. 230 |

Cathode-Ray Tubes | p. 234 |

Camera Tubes | p. 235 |

Traveling-Wave Tubes | p. 239 |

Chapter 11. Oscillators | p. 243 |

RF Oscillators | p. 243 |

Oscillator Stability | p. 251 |

Crystal-Controlled Oscillators | p. 252 |

AF Oscillators | p. 258 |

Chapter 12. Amplifiers | p. 263 |

Amplification Factor | p. 263 |

Basic Amplifier Circuits | p. 265 |

Amplifier Classes | p. 266 |

Efficiency and Drive | p. 270 |

AF Amplification | p. 274 |

RF Amplification | p. 277 |

Chapter 13. Filters and Attenuators | p. 281 |

Selectivity Curves | p. 281 |

Selective Filter Characteristics | p. 286 |

Specialized Filter Types | p. 292 |

Line Filters | p. 297 |

Attenuators | p. 298 |

Chapter 14. Telecommunications | p. 301 |

Networks | p. 301 |

Satellites | p. 305 |

Personal Communications Systems | p. 308 |

Hobby Communications | p. 312 |

Lightning | p. 314 |

Security and Privacy | p. 317 |

Chapter 15. Wireless Receivers | p. 327 |

Simple Designs | p. 327 |

The Modern Receiver | p. 330 |

Predetector Stages | p. 332 |

Detectors | p. 335 |

Audio Stages | p. 338 |

Television Reception | p. 341 |

Specialized Wireless Modes | p. 342 |

Chapter 16. Wireless Transmitters | p. 349 |

Oscillation and Amplification | p. 349 |

Modulation | p. 349 |

Analog-to-Digital Conversion | p. 361 |

Image Transmission | p. 362 |

Chapter 17. Location, Navigation, and Control Systems | p. 369 |

Radar | p. 369 |

Sonar | p. 371 |

Direction Finding | p. 371 |

Ranging | p. 374 |

Epipolar and Log-Polar Navigation | p. 376 |

Robot Guidance | p. 378 |

Machine Vision | p. 383 |

Remote Control | p. 385 |

Chapter 18. Antenna Systems | p. 391 |

Radiation Resistance | p. 391 |

Half-Wave Antennas | p. 393 |

Quarter-Wave Antennas | p. 395 |

Loops | p. 398 |

Ground Systems | p. 400 |

Gain and Directivity | p. 401 |

Phased Arrays | p. 405 |

Parasitic Arrays | p. 407 |

UHF and Microwave Antennas | p. 410 |

Feed Lines | p. 413 |

Safety | p. 415 |

Chapter 19. The EM Spectrum | p. 417 |

Basic Properties | p. 417 |

Wave Polarization | p. 421 |

Surface and lonospheric Propagation | p. 424 |

Tropospheric Propagation | p. 429 |

Propagation Characteristics by Frequency | p. 432 |

Chapter 20. Noise and Interference | p. 439 |

External Noise | p. 439 |

Internal Noise | p. 444 |

Noise Reduction | p. 445 |

Wireless Interference | p. 452 |

Electromagnetic Interference | p. 453 |

Adjacent-channel Interference | p. 453 |

Non-RF Systems | p. 457 |

Chapter 21. Measurement and Monitoring Systems | p. 463 |

The Ammeter | p. 463 |

Specialized Meters | p. 468 |

Monitoring Systems | p. 475 |

Property Protection | p. 481 |

Chapter 22. Physical Data | p. 485 |

The SI System | p. 486 |

Electrical Units | p. 487 |

Magnetic Units | p. 492 |

Miscellaneous Units | p. 493 |

Prefix Multipliers | p. 495 |

Alternative Unit Systems | p. 495 |

SI Unit Conversions | p. 495 |

Electrical Unit Conversions | p. 496 |

Magnetic Unit Conversions | p. 500 |

Miscellaneous Unit Conversions | p. 500 |

Constants | p. 504 |

Chapter 23. Mathematical Data | p. 505 |

Greek Alphabet | p. 505 |

General Symbols | p. 505 |

Subscripts and Superscripts | p. 508 |

Scientific Notation | p. 510 |

Significant Figures | p. 513 |

Theorems in Algebra | p. 517 |

Coordinate Systems | p. 518 |

Trigonometry | p. 526 |

Logarithms | p. 527 |

Chapter 24. Chemical Data | p. 531 |

Atoms and Molecules | p. 531 |

The Elements | p. 534 |

Compounds and Mixtures | p. 546 |

Chapter 25. Electronics Abbreviations | p. 555 |

Chapter 26. Miscellaneous Data | p. 601 |

Schematic Symbols | p. 601 |

Morse Code | p. 601 |

Q Signals | p. 615 |

Ten Code | p. 620 |

Phonetic Alphabet | p. 620 |

Coordinated Universal Time | p. 630 |

Soldering and Desoldering | p. 631 |

Robot Generations | p. 637 |

Wetware | p. 638 |

Bibliography | p. 643 |

Index | p. 645 |