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Learning resources for electronics



To know the “why” and “how” to design .

After the cookbook stage the interest in doing your own design increases depending on a person's interest. However that would need a level of theory to understand tradeoff’s and design principles.

In addition to online blogs and free books written under creative commons some std textbooks can be referred to as they could be available in your local library or used books store. Its also advisable to check if the Indian print is available as the cost is significantly lower. However most of Indian print publications may not come with the associated textbook CD and very unlikely to be in color print. Most textbooks follow conventional current flow direction and some follow electron flow. This does not make a difference to understand the concepts.

After plodding through a number of std textbooks for electronics its evident that a collection is needed to learn concepts to do DIY design "of your own" from first principles for analog design and to build circuits that work as per design on paper.Needless to add that experience is most valuable.

Since audio and linear(analog/analogue) is of interest here are some possible resources.

Some authors tend to explain some concepts better than others.Just received Indian print ver of the (7e) of Introductory Electronic Devices and Circuits(Conventional Flow) by Robert T. Paynter.After reading a few pages in BJTs .The author is very detailed and does not skip any details with voltage and current shown next to the circuit diagram .This can be a first resource for anyone starting out.

Another one is 1Ed of a practical introduction to electronic circuits by Martin Hartley Jones.This is another great author. I think 3rd Ed with introduction to micros would be better.

If folks are interested i plan to update this post.

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  • Please provide more information on this subject. I am planning to build a good amplifier myself but confused over many things. So please update with more information. Thank you.
  • Great initiative Naresh ! Please update the post which will be very helpful for many !
  • Thanks Bobby and Sabu.
    There is some basic theory needed so that you can apply and take a informed decision.Its essential that some reading is needed as each one of us learn in our own way .I would recommend this as the first starting book.For people who have formal learning in electronics its likely you would have to unlearn and relearn correctly.One of the best way to understand electronics is to learn how to design .Hence the reference to Indian print ver of the (7e) of Introductory Electronic Devices and Circuits(Conventional Flow) by Robert T. Paynter.After reading a few pages in BJTs .The author is very detailed and does not skip any details with voltage and current shown next to the circuit diagram .This can be a first resource for anyone starting out.

    Some websites/books use electron flow and some use conventional flow (current flow from +ve to -ve terminal).
    Stay with one convention.Conventional flow is most prevalent.

    Thanks.
  • ....." and let there be loads..."Load and Source concepts are a good starting point to learn basic electronic concepts.
    Eg: We have noticed several times that the lights and appliances connected to source (230V/50Hz mains or EB ) at home "dim" when we switch on the geyser(load) or washing machine(load) or fridge (load) from off condition.
    Sources are typically AC /Single freq ; AC/mutiple freq ; DC ;DC+AC ;Current Source;Voltage Source
    Loads are typically Resitive,Capacitive and Inductive or combo of RLC (Passive) or Active (Semicon devices) or a combo of passive and active devices.
  • DIYers .At about Rs 300-450 depending on online pricing this ver. 3edition / India reprint/Vikas Publication -Electronic Circuits .- Fundamentals & Applications Paperback – by Mike Tooley is concise and useful.The online http://www.key2electronics.com/quizzes.htm companion website is valuable.
  • DIYers. Another great book Solid State Electronics by Van Valkenburg ,Nooger and Neville
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