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Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius 2/E

Book Description

The Fiendishly Fun Way to Master Electronic Circuits!

Fully updated throughout, this wickedly inventive guide introduces electronic circuits and circuit design, both analog and digital, through a series of projects you'll complete one simple lesson at a time. The separate lessons build on each other and add up to projects you can put to practical use. You don't need to know anything about electronics to get started. A pre-assembled kit, which includes all the components and PC boards to complete the book projects, is available separately from ABRA electronics on Amazon.

Using easy-to-find components and equipment, Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius, Second Edition, provides hours of rewarding--and slightly twisted--fun. You'll gain valuable experience in circuit construction and design as you test, modify, and observe your results--skills you can put to work in other exciting circuit-building projects.

Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius:

  • Features step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations
  • Provides tips for customizing the projects
  • Covers the underlying electronics principles behind the projects
  • Removes the frustration factor--all required parts are listed, along with sources

Build these and other devious devices:

  • Automatic night light
  • Light-sensitive switch
  • Along-to-digital converter
  • Voltage-controlled oscillator
  • Op amp-controlled power amplifier
  • Burglar alarm
  • Logic gate-based toy
  • Two-way intercom using transistors and op amps

Each fun, inexpensive Genius project includes a detailed list of materials, sources for parts, schematics, and lots of clear, well-illustrated instructions for easy assembly. The larger workbook-style layout and convenient two-column format make following the step-by-step instructions a breeze.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius™
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Preface
  7. Common Components, Symbols, and Appearance
  8. PART ONE Components
    1. 1 Components
      1. Lesson 1 Inventory of Parts Used in Part One
      2. Lesson 2 Major Equipment
      3. Lesson 3 Your First Circuit
    2. 2 Resist If You Must
      1. Lesson 4 Reading Resistors
      2. Lesson 5 The Effect Resistors Have on a Circuit
      3. Lesson 6 The Potentiometer
      4. Lesson 7 Light-Dependent Resistors
    3. 3 More Components and Semiconductors
      1. Lesson 8 Capacitors and Push Buttons
      2. Lesson 9 Introducing Transistors
      3. Lesson 10 The PNP Transistor
      4. Lesson 11 The Phototransistor: Shedding Some Light on Another Component
    4. 4 Two Projects and Then Some More
      1. Lesson 12 Your First Project: The Automatic Night Light
      2. Lesson 13 Specialized Transistors—The SCR
      3. Lesson 14 The Regulated Power Supply
  9. PART TWO Introduction to Digital Electronics
    1. 5 Digital Logic
      1. Lesson 15 A Spoiled Billionaire
      2. Lesson 16 The Basic Digital Logic Gates
      3. Lesson 17 Integrated Circuits CMOS ICs
    2. 6 The First NAND Gate Circuit
      1. Lesson 18 Building the First NAND Gate Circuit
      2. Lesson 19 Testing the Input at Test Point 1
      3. Lesson 20 Test Point 2—The NAND Gate Processor at Work
      4. Lesson 21 Test Point 3—Introducing the Resistor/Capacitor Circuit
      5. Lesson 22 Test Point 4—The Inputs Are Switches
    3. 7 Analog Switches for Digital Circuits
      1. Lesson 23 Understanding Voltage Dividers
      2. Lesson 24 Create a Light-Sensitive Switch
      3. Lesson 25 The Touch Switch
    4. 8 The NAND Gate Oscillator
      1. Lesson 26 Building the NAND Gate Oscillator
      2. Lesson 27 Understanding the NAND Gate Oscillator
    5. 9 How Do We Understand What We Can’t See?
      1. Lesson 28 Controlling the Flash Rate
      2. Lesson 29 Create a Sound Output and Annoy the Person Next to You
      3. Lesson 30 Introducing the Oscilloscope
      4. Lesson 31 Scoping Out the Circuit
      5. Lesson 32 Using a Transistor to Amplify the Output
      6. Lesson 33 The Photo Transistor: You Can’t Do This with an LDR
    6. 10 Digital Logic Project
      1. Lesson 34 Design—Systems and Samples
      2. Lesson 35 Consider What Is Realistic
      3. Lesson 36 Building Your Project
  10. PART THREE Counting Systems in Electronics
    1. 11 Introducing an Analog-to-Digital Converter
      1. Lesson 37 Introducing Possibilities—Electronics That Count
      2. Lesson 38 RC1—Creating the Switch
      3. Lesson 39 Introducing the 4046 Voltage-Controlled Oscillator
    2. 12 The 4017 Walking Ring Counter
      1. Lesson 40 Introducing the Walking Ring 4017 Decade Counter
      2. Lesson 41 Understanding the Clock Signal Used by the 4017
      3. Lesson 42 Controlling the Count—Using the Chip’s Control Inputs
    3. 13 Running a Seven-Segment Display
      1. Lesson 43 Introducing the Seven-Segment LED
      2. Lesson 44 Control the Seven-Segment Display Using the 4511 BCD
      3. Lesson 45 Decimal to Binary—The 4516
      4. Lesson 46 The Displays Automatically Fade Out
    4. 14 Define, Design, and Make Your Own Project
      1. Lesson 47 Defining and Designing Your Project
      2. Lesson 48 Your Project: If You Can Define It, You Can Make It!
  11. PART FOUR Amplifiers: What They Are and How to Use Them
    1. 15 What Is an Amplifier?
      1. Lesson 49 Transistors as Amplifiers and Defining Current
      2. Lesson 50 Defining Work, Force, and Power
      3. Lesson 51 What Do I Have to Gain?: Definitions
      4. Lesson 52 The World Is Analog, So Analog Is the World
    2. 16 Exploring the Op Amp
      1. Lesson 53 Alternating Current Compared with Direct Current
      2. Lesson 54 AC in a DC Environment
      3. Lesson 55 Setting Up the Operational Amplifier
      4. Lesson 56 Using Feedback to Control Gain
    3. 17 Applying the Op Amp: Building the Intercom
      1. Lesson 57 Building a Power Amplifier Controlled by an Op Amp
      2. Lesson 58 The Electret Microphone
      3. Lesson 59 Using the Speaker as a Microphone
      4. Lesson 60 Introducing Transformers and Putting It All Together
    4. 18 Prototype and Design: Patience Has Its Rewards
      1. Lesson 61 Systems and Subsystems
      2. Lesson 62 Switching to the Two-Way Door Phone
      3. Lesson 63 Design and Applications: Exploring the Possibilities
      4. Lesson 64 Assembling the Project
  12. PART FIVE Appendices
    1. A Common Component Packaging
      1. Transistors
      2. Potentiometers
      3. Transformers
    2. B Capacitors: Reading and Decoding
      1. Reading Values
      2. Tolerance: Quality and Accuracy of Capacitors
    3. C Animations List
      1. Related Animations
    4. D Glossary
    5. E Make Your Own Printed Circuit Boards
  13. Index