"Electronics - A self-teaching guide". This has by far been the most complete, yet well written (easy to read) progressive step to understanding operation of components found in the most common discrete circuits. It assumes that the reader already understands the basics of electronics: ohms law, concept of current flow, and the like ... but provides a "pre-test" which is designed to reaffirm these topics as well as filling in the blanks...

Electronics - A self-teaching guide - ISBN 0-4710-0916-4 / ISBN 0471009164



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ELECTRONICS - A SELF-TEACHING GUIDE

About this review of "Electronics - A self-teaching guide"

Bill Edelman, a long time subscriber to my newsletter, offered this personal review of "Electronics - A self-teaching guide".

Bill has a long established business in New York. I thought it only fair in return for his review that I gave Bill a free plug. The following are all Bill's words:

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"The following is a book review that I've written as an offering to your site, should you decide it would be of interest to your subscribers".

ELECTRONICS - A SELF-TEACHING GUIDE (2ND EDITION)

by Harry Kybett
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York; Chichester; Brisbane; Toronto; Singapore
paperback: 304 pages

Electronics - A self-teaching guide - ISBN 0-4710-0916-4 / ISBN 0471009164

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Chapters:

"This has by far been the most complete, yet well written (easy to read) progressive step to understanding operation of components found in the most common discrete circuits. It assumes that the reader already understands the basics: ohms law, concept of current flow, and the like ... but provides a "pre-test" which is designed to reaffirm these topics as well as filling in the blanks. Each question in the "pre-test" is immediately followed by the answer(s) and a brief explanation, where appropriate. As you progress through the topics, often questions are asked of the reader anticipating that he/she may understand the material enough to draw the conclusions necessary to answer the question. Again, immediately following the question is the correct answer along with an explanation. This keeps a reader at any level of prior experience interested and comfortable moving to each subsequent topic".

"Mathamatical calculations necessary to understand the operation of circuits are often the source of great divide among those learning electronics. Electronics - A self-teaching guide, steps readers through calculations for each example and would seem to keep everyone, regardless of mathematical skill level, following along. Like anything else, there are sections you should review two or three times before moving on".

"After guiding the reader to the mathematical results, usual and customary ratios, factors or rules of thumb are offered and explained. Overall, I found it to be a terrific way to become comfortable with topics I hadn't previously understood and review stuff I'd already learned, but also as a handy reference for transistor circuit calculations that I use only occassionally. It's extremely brief and limited appendix is it's sole drawback, so a comprehensive reference book with electronics definitions, symbols, formulas and tables makes a great companion book".

"At each chapter's end, is a self-test with the answers grouped afterwards. This offers an excellent tool to establish if a reader should go back and review certain areas before moving forward to the next section. I rarely found myself disappointed for lack of an additional example or explanation as I have found very often with other similar books. A conclusion and final self-test closes the book with one last opportunity to discover which area(s) which you are still uncertain about".

WHAT DO I THINK OF "ELECTRONICS - A SELF-TEACHING GUIDE"?

Bill Edelman's Rating?:  my star rating

"This book, in my opinion, gets an A+ for a well written and well organized course. It is not an introduction to electronics, but instead should be used as a preparation for anyone planning to move onto an intermediate level electronics course. This publication provides readers who "participate" a terrific foundation from which to advance in electronics study".

Best regards,
Bill Edelman
New York

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