Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 28, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 10 inches
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You will be interested in this book if youo Are a beginner in electronics looking to learn some skills;o Want an entry-level text on this topic;o Are looking for something to interest and motivate students at high school or polytechnic level (eg: TAFE);o Are running a hobbyist's class.Electronics is a "technic"; it is as much an art as a science. By that I mean that there are certain skills that you must acquire if you are to be truly competent and these are skills that are not related to the theory or underlying physics. Sadly, there is an increasing tendency for universities and trade schools to teach electronics using computer simulations. In some places it is possible to graduate without ever having built a physical circuit, no matter how simple, and in most universities student projects use solderless breadboards and there is no training in PCB layout and assembly.This also affects hobbyists. If you are starting out in electronics or ham radio, or you want to hack the hardware of your computer, you need a mentor to teach you techniques such as soldering, taking measurements and trouble-shooting, as well as selecting the right materials and how to store and maintain components and equipment. If you don't know anyone who can help, you can easily become discouraged and give up. This book attempts to fill the gap by providing a visual guide to some basic techniques and knowledge.The book covers:o The minimum tools that you will need and basic metalworkingo Software packageso Reading schematicso Solderingo Solderless breadboards (with some simple projects)o Building from kits using through-hole and surface-mount boards already prepared.
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