3rd Edition

Electronics A First Course

By Owen Bishop, Owen Bishop Copyright 2011
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    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: Electricity 1 Electrons  2 Static and current electricity  3 Cells and batteries  4 Current, voltage and power  5 Alternating currents  6 Mains electricity  7 Plugs and features  8 Electricity in the home  9 Sources of energy  10 More sources of energy  Part 2: Electronic components  11 Resistance  12 Resistors  13 More about resistors  14 Resistor networks  15 Capacitors  16 Charging capacitors  17 Inductors  18 SI units  19 Switches  20 Diodes  21 Rectifier diodes  22 Light-emitting diodes  23 Light-dependent resistors  24 Thermistors  25 Transistors  26 Transistor action  27 Transistor switches  28 Thyristors  29 Field effect transistors  Part 3: Electronic systems  30 The structure of a system  31 Sensors  32 Interfacing sensors  33 Amplifying signals  34 Timing  35 Logic  36 Logical systems  37 Logical sequences  38 Storing data  39 Microcontrollers  40 Programs  41 Visual output  42 Audible output  43 Mechanical output  Part 4: Electronic systems in action  44 Audio systems  45 Radio transmission  46 Radio reception  47 Digital communications  48 Computers  49 Control systems  Appendices Symbols used for circuits. Symbols used in flowcharts. Answers to questions.


    Owen Bishop has been author of over 70 books, mostly electronic and many in the field of science education. Contributor to numerous electronic magazines such as Everyday Practical Electronics, Elektor Electronics, Electronics Australia and Electronics Today International. Former Science Education Advisor in developing countries as staff member of the British Council and as a part of the UN Educational and Scientific Organisation.