Owen Bishop‘s First Course starts with the basics of electricity and component types, introducing students to practical work almost straight away. No prior knowledge of electronics is required. The approach is student-centred with self-test features to check understanding, including numerous activities suitable for practicals, homework and other assignments. Multiple choice questions are incorporated throughout the text in order to aid student learning. Key facts, formulae and definitions are highlighted to aid revision, and theory is backed up by numerous examples within the book. Each chapter ends with a set of problems that includes exam-style questions, for which numerical answers are provided at the end of the book. This text is ideal for a wide range of introductory courses in electronics, technology, physics and engineering. The coverage has been carefully matched to the latest UK syllabuses including GCSE Electronics, GCSE Design & Technology, Engineering GCSE and Edexcel‘s BTEC First in Engineering, resulting in a text that meets the needs of students on all Level 2 electronics units and courses. Owen Bishop‘s talent for introducing the world of electronics has long been a proven fact with his textbooks, professional introductions and popular circuit construction guides being chosen by thousands of students, lecturers and electronics enthusiasts.
Part 1: Electricity1 Electrons2 Static and current electricity3 Cells and batteries4 Current, voltage and power5 Alternating currents6 Mains electricity7 Plugs and features8 Electricity in the home9 Sources of energy10 More sources of energyPart 2: Electronic components11 Resistance12 Resistors13 More about resistors14 Resistor networks15 Capacitors16 Charging capacitors17 Inductors18 SI units19 Switches20 Diodes21 Rectifier diodes22 Light-emitting diodes23 Light-dependent resistors24 Thermistors25 Transistors26 Transistor action27 Transistor switches28 Thyristors29 Field effect transistorsPart 3: Electronic systems30 The structure of a system31 Sensors32 Interfacing sensors33 Amplifying signals34 Timing35 Logic36 Logical systems37 Logical sequences38 Storing data39 Microcontrollers40 Programs41 Visual output42 Audible output43 Mechanical outputPart 4: Electronic systems in action44 Audio systems45 Radio transmission46 Radio reception47 Digital communications48 Computers49 Control systemsAppendicesSymbols used for circuitsSymbols used in flowchartsAnswers to questions