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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #150 on: February 10, 2016, 08:49:15 pm »
Learning to use EAGLE

Some time ago, Jason of RPC Electronics did a nice series of 14 videos giving a primer of how to use EAGLE.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC66ImnJYgX_j5EeWkeU-1_A
While this series is for EAGLE v5 it should still be valid for later versions. I think this is about the easiest way
to learn the basics of EAGLE.

I gathered all his videos in this download for offline viewing.
http://www.mediafire.com/download/fjt9u55d61uu6gu/RPC.zip about 460 MB.
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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #151 on: February 23, 2016, 02:18:06 am »
Vintage 22-minute Tektronix video on transmission lines
 
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« Reply #152 on: March 02, 2016, 05:08:00 pm »
Just found a fascinating study on the thermal performance characteristics between IC packages. I did not know that PCB layout/design was SO much more important a factor than that of package size. I had always been of the mindset I used when cooling CPU's. That the more surface area you can get your dedicated heatsink on, the better. Seems that proper design allowing the board to absorb the thermal energy can be a much more effective/efficient.

http://www.ti.com/lit/an/spra953b/spra953b.pdf
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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #153 on: April 03, 2016, 03:42:16 pm »
Two free magazines Popular Electronics and Radio Electronics Magazine

A lot more here
http://americanradiohistory.com/

For instance Practical Wireless with a lot of RF knowledge.
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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #154 on: May 12, 2016, 05:54:05 pm »
Newark offering free 233 pg. ebook: RECOM´s DC/DC Book of Knowledge
(for those who don't have an account, or don't want to be pestered to give out an email address..)

1st PDF - Introduction to various DC/DC converter topologies, feedback loops (analogue and digital), test and measurement, protection, filtering, safety, reliability, constant current drivers and DC/DC applications. The level is necessarily technical, but readable for engineers, designers and students."
http://storage.pardot.com/80762/59552/Recom_Book_DCDC_Power.pdf

2nd PDF - More info on author Steve Roberts -  Technical Director for RECOM
https://d3i5bpxkxvwmz.cloudfront.net/pulse/07-2015_Pulse_15_spreads.pdf
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« Reply #155 on: May 18, 2016, 05:01:09 am »
I have a 10% off book depository coupon about to expire. I was wondering if anyone has compared the 2nd & 3rd edition of the AoE student manual. Is there much of a difference? I have access to the old book.
 
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« Reply #156 on: June 05, 2016, 01:19:35 pm »
1953 AT&T short transistor documentary. Gotta love the Dick Tracy wrist radio :-+

Hard to believe 63 years have past, but electrons still fascinate an inquisitive mind.
 
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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #157 on: June 07, 2016, 11:50:29 pm »
Book on STM32 microcontrollers


https://leanpub.com/mastering-stm32
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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #158 on: June 08, 2016, 09:07:48 am »
I have recently encountered a very useful resource giving information about all aspects of electronics including news, use of test equipment and explaining applications such as the different types of oscilloscope probe and what they can be used for. It also has a section on electronic components which is excellent for noobs. :)

The link to some specific sections that can be reached via their home page (http://www.radio-electronics.com) can be found below:

Test equipment
http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/t_and_m/

Components
http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/data/

Formulae
http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/formulae/

 
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« Reply #159 on: June 10, 2016, 08:50:19 pm »
Book on microcontrollers
https://leanpub.com/mastering-stm32

A response from the editor:

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Hi,
I'm the author of the Mastering STM32 book  :) First of all I would like to say thank you for having mentioned it here.

The actual income of the book is far from that amount, for two main reasons. Firstly, the "variable pricing" policy of the LeanPub platform (the most of the readers choose to pay the minimum price - but it's also ok, IMHO). Secondly, I'm increasing the book price as long as I add new chapters. So, the very early adopters of this book paid for it about 5$ (and they will receive all updates for free). However, this is part of the game, and it's ok. Moreover, it's important to say that some other people decided to buy the book again to pay it more. This is the "leanpub effect", I say.

I started this book for fun, but I've deeply evaluated the publishing options when I started doing it. The self-publishing is the only way to get decent incomes if you write a technical book about a niche. Publishers, assuming they want to publish your book, give only a fraction of the "distribution price", which is far from the cover price. Another relevant reason to choose a platform like LeanPub is that it allows to write "in progress" books. This is extremely useful for technical books, IMHO. It gives you the possibility to review the book and correct "unavoidable bugs". Moreover, early comments from readers allow to you to better organize the contents, avoiding writing useless and boring things. However, self-publishing has it's "hidden costs". For example, in my case english is not my mother language. So I'll have to pay an editor that helps me reviewing the text. And I think that reviewing a book made of about 1000 pages is not inexpensive.

From my experience, writing a technical book is a really hard work. I started writing my book about one year ago, and my life is changed dramatically :o No longer free time, a lot of email to answer every days. However, apart from the earnings (which are not sufficient to pay your bills  :D), knowing that other people can take advantage from a thing you are doing is a great satisfaction.
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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #160 on: June 26, 2016, 10:18:00 pm »

Modern Embedded Systems Programming Course

http://state-machine.com/quickstart/
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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #161 on: June 28, 2016, 10:09:40 am »
I'm a complete beginner, therefore this thread is very useful for me. When I have time I will look through the primers. I bet they are really useful and avoid that I will came back and ask stupid questions in the forum. Thank you for this ;) Although it could happen that I have some further questions, I hope this is OK then!
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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #162 on: June 30, 2016, 03:22:16 pm »
All, I recently bought the http://artofelectronics.net/ the Art of Electronics and started from scratch: Chapter 1. Together with the reference book this is really great great and fantastic! Enormously good reading and guidance I highly highly recommend this to anyone to own, read, study and practice.

It brings a smile, deception and eureka on my face for sure!

Chris
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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #163 on: July 02, 2016, 09:26:31 pm »
Hello everyone!
I found a good Youtube channel with the first ~20 experiments from the book "Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery" by Charles Platt. Haven't watched it yet but it must be really good: https://www.youtube.com/user/christophermball/videos

Hope serves you well :)
Bye!
 
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« Reply #164 on: July 03, 2016, 05:16:48 pm »
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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #165 on: July 10, 2016, 04:26:15 pm »
I just sorta skimmed over all the pages and didnt see any of these sites.
https://www.edx.org/
and
https://www.coursera.org/
both sites offer more then just stuff about electronics.
 
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« Reply #166 on: July 13, 2016, 08:02:59 pm »
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« Reply #167 on: July 13, 2016, 08:15:07 pm »
Copied From a Tom45 post

Don't think this has been mentioned here. Electronic Design has published an eBook based on Bob Pease's column. Volume 1 is available for download:

http://electronicdesign.com/Electronic_Design_Library_Bob_Pease_eBook1_Vol._1
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« Reply #168 on: July 29, 2016, 05:19:33 pm »
Two books with distinctive approaches: (1) tearing down and (2) building up.

(1) Bryan Bergeron, ‘Teardowns: Learn How Electronics Work by Taking Them Apart’ (2010, McGraw-Hill)
Preview at https://books.google.com/books?id=9GwDb1ELd2sC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Devices featured are not as exotic as the test equipment in Dave’s videos, but if you like the guided-tour approach with lots of commentary on components and circuit functions, along with some design critique, it’s well worth looking at. Items covered (or uncovered) include smoke alarms, motion-activated lights, surge protectors, ultrasonic humidifiers, stereo amplifiers, analog VOM. There are also three chapters on electric guitars + effects pedals + tube amps.

(2) Abraham Marcus and William Marcus, ‘Elements of Radio’ (multiple editions: 1943, 1948, 1953, 1959, 1965, 1973)
1953 edition: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924004082834

Unfortunately I can’t find a PDF version of a more recent edition of this book online (it’s not to be confused with Marcus’s ‘Elements of Radio Servicing’, which is easier to track down). I have the 6th edition (1973), which is divided into two parts. Part 1 describes, using little or no math, how to build a simple crystal radio and then, step by step, turn it into a superheterodyne AM receiver. Part 2 is a more technical (i.e., some equations, but still introductory) discussion of DC, AC, inductance, capacitance, impedance, resonance, etc.

The catch is that the book was first published in 1943 and the superheterodyne receiver is built around vacuum tubes. Later editions (6th, 1973; 5th, 1965 [I think; it's got a picture of Telstar on the cover . . .]) add some chapters on semiconductors and show how a tube receiver can be turned into a transistor receiver, but the bulk of the book is tube-oriented. Nevertheless, the book’s strategy of introducing a basic circuit and improving and refining it, with fulsome explanations of each change and plenty of circuit diagrams, is extremely effective in communicating both the how and the why at every stage of development. As a result, the discussions of tubes are valuable because they are lessons in basic theory, not explanations of an older technology that many beginners have little interest in learning. And if you are reading a more recent edition of the book, the presentation of transistors neatly builds on the earlier presentation of tubes.
 
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« Reply #169 on: August 02, 2016, 06:16:16 am »
A course on circuits:

ECE2040: Circuit Analysis website for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Seems to be here for awhile :

http://www2.ece.gatech.edu/academic/courses/ece2040/
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« Reply #170 on: August 18, 2016, 05:50:37 am »
Really glad i have found this post. Thanks all for the info. I downloaded a whole bunch of beginner info  here.  :-DMM
 

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« Reply #171 on: August 18, 2016, 10:56:46 pm »
Power Management (power supplies)

Excuse if duplicate

188 pages loaded with Power Management information

Free with registration

http://pages.electronicdesign.com/book-registration?elqTrackId=044395b2217d4f5897a0e62ee336b3fd&elq=00000000000000000000000000000000&elqaid=1207&elqat=2&elqCampaignId=
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Re: Electronics primers, course material and books
« Reply #173 on: August 27, 2016, 10:06:26 pm »
I think if anyone wants to learn "street smarts" around RF radio, http://www.repeater-builder.com has enough guides, manuals, DIY's and pdf's to sink a ship. Just found it since someone gifted me two radio's: a Motorola Radius M120 and a Yaesu-Vertex VX-2100. This kind of gear runs a lot of service bureau's, fire, police, ambulance, emerg. etc.. so a tech never has to be unaware this segment of equipment not seen in typical consumer box stores.
 
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« Reply #174 on: September 13, 2016, 11:31:33 am »
"Socratic Electronics" has no mention on this forum. http://www.ibiblio.org/kuphaldt/socratic/index.html

"Socratic Instrumentation" (same author) has been updated for 10-years. http://www.ibiblio.org/kuphaldt/socratic/sinst/

Note this 75meg PDF (3,200+ pages of meaty goodness..) http://www.ibiblio.org/kuphaldt/socratic/sinst/book/liii.pdf
 


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