Begin With the Basics - Learn about static electricity and how to make magnets and solenoids. Find out about direct current and alternating current. Then learn about electrical circuits that use batteries and lamps.
Basic Electronic Components - Find out how switches, relays, meters, resistor, capacitors, transformers are used.
Diodes and Transistors - These components are they key ingredients to modern electronic circuits. Find out what they do and how they work.
Integrated Circuits - From dozens to many thousands of electronic components can be formed on tiny chips of silicon.
Digital Integrated Circuits - Learn the basics about digital logic gates using switches and transformers.
Linear Integrated Circuits - Linear circuits respond to only the presence or absences of voltage. Linear circuits respond to a wide range of voltages giving them many applications.
Circuit Assembly Tips - Learn how to use electronic components to make temporary circuits and permanent circuits using wire and solder.
100 Electronic Circuits - Now you're ready to build any or even all of the 100 tested and working circuits included in the book. The categories of circuits include basic, photonic, digital, and linear.
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Forrest M. Mims III has written more than sixty books about science, lasers, computers, and electronics. Many of his books describe electronic circuits and projects that he personally builds and tests. When he isn't writing books, he does various kinds of scientific research, writes magazine and newspaper articles, and teaches experimental science at the University of the Nations in Hawaii.
In 1993, Forrest received a prestigious Rolex Award for a simple instrument that he developed to measure the ozone layer. Most recently, he has focused his efforts on scientific studies of the effects of smoke, dust and haze on sunlight and ecology. NASA has twice sent him and his instruments to the Brazilian rain forest to measure the atmospheric and biological effects of smoke caused by giant fires.
Forrest got his start in electronics and science by building computers, tiny instruments for model rockets, travel aids for the blind, and high-power lasers. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Science Teachers Association, the Texas Academy of Science and many scientific organizations. He lives and works in south Texas, where he conducts his experiments from a rural site that he calls the Geronimo Creek Observatory.