Electronics Basic Analog and Digital with PSpice by Nassir
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Electronics Basic Analog and Digital with PSpice by Nassir

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Contents of Electronics Basic, Analog and Digital

  • Chapter 1. Basic Diode Circuits
  • Chapter 2. Basic Principles of Semiconductors
  • Chapter 3. pn Junction and Semiconductor Diodes
  • Chapter 4. Semiconductor Fabrication
  • Chapter 5. Field-Effect Transistors
  • Chapter 6. Bipolar Junction Transistor
  • Chapter 7. Two-Port Circuits, Amplifiers, and Feedback
  • Chapter 8. Single-Stage Transistor Amplifiers
  • Chapter 9. Multistage and Feedback Amplifiers
  • Chapter 10. Differential and Operational Amplifiers
  • Chapter 11. Power Amplifiers and Switches
  • Chapter 12. Basic Elements of Digital Circuits
  • Chapter 13. Digital Logic Circuit Families

Preface to Electronics Basic, Analog and Digital

This book differs significantly from other current introductory textbooks on electronics in its coverage and approach.

Most of the current textbooks pay only scant attention to basic electronics and the underlying theory of semiconductors.

This, I believe, is a serious shortcoming, because some knowledge of the fundamental physical concepts involved is needed for two main reasons:

first, in order to gain more than a superficial understanding of the behavior of semiconductor devices, and, second, to appreciate the nature of continuing improvements to the performance of these devices and therefore be able to follow the ongoing and projected advances in microelectronics.

Given that the theory of electric conduction in semiconductors is well above the level of an introductory textbook,

the challenge is to present the essentials of this theory in a way that gives at least a good qualitative understanding of the fundamental concepts involved.

Fundamentals and concepts are strongly emphasized throughout this book, as in the author’s book Electric Circuits and Signals, CRC press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2008.

Chapter 1 covers basic diode circuits, the diode being introduced simply as a two-terminal device having a specified current–voltage characteristic.

This chapter serves as a ‘‘soft,’’ application-oriented, and motivating introduction to electronics, instead of the rather abstract and unfamiliar principles of semiconductor physics.

After having aroused the reader’s interest and curiosity as to how a semiconductor diode operates,

Chapter 2 presents the basic background on the physics of semiconductors and the principles associated with electric conduction in semiconductors. Building on this background,

Chapter 3 explains the theory behind the pn junction and the operation of the pn junction diode and several of its derivatives.

To satisfy the reader’s curiosity as to how pn junction diodes are fabricated, Chapter 4 discusses semiconductor fabrication in general.

Chapter 5 discusses transistor operation for field-effect transistors, namely, MOSFETs, the JFET, and the MESFET, and Chapter 6 discusses the same for the bipolar junction transistor.

The discussion in Chapters 5 and 6 is oriented toward both analog and digital applications. Before considering transistor circuits,

Chapter 7 introduces some basic notions on two-port circuits, amplifiers, and negative feedback, illustrating these concepts with ideal operational amplifiers.

Chapters 8 through 10 are dedicated to conventional analog electronics, starting with single-stage amplifiers (Chapter 8), then multistage and feedback amplifiers (Chapter 9), and, finally, differential and operational amplifiers (Chapter 10).

Chapter 11 is concerned with power amplification and switching, including class D amplifiers and power latches. Chapters 12 and 13 deal with digital electronics;

Chapter 12 covers the basic elements of digital circuits, whereas Chapter 13 discusses the most important logic families at present..

Every chapter begins with a brief overview and is followed by learning objectives. These are divided into two groups,

inspired by Bloom’s taxonomy on cognitive learning: the ‘‘to be familiar with’’ group and the ‘‘to understand’’ group that the student must pay particular attention to.

Learning outcomes are stated at the end of every chapter together with a summary of the main concepts and results.

Good use is made of the website. Almost half as much material as in the book is included on the website in the form of supplementary examples (having the section number prefixed by SE) and supplementary topics (prefixed by ST).

A given topic is included on the website, rather than in the text, if it is not basic enough, in the sense that it may be somewhat advanced,

or it may not introduce additional fundamental concepts, or it might be outside the mainstream of the discussion.

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