Electrical Engineering 101 covers the basic theory and practice of electronics, starting by answering the question "What is electricity?" It goes on to explain the fundamental principles and components, relating them constantly to real-world examples. Sections on tools and troubleshooting give engineers deeper understanding and the know-how to create and maintain their own electronic design projects. Unlike other books that simply describe electronics and provide step-by-step build instructions, EE101 delves into how and why electricity and electronics work, giving the reader the tools to take their electronics education to the next level. It is written in a down-to-earth style and explains jargon, technical terms and schematics as they arise. The author builds a genuine understanding of the fundamentals and shows how they can be applied to a range of engineering problems.

This third edition includes more real-world examples and a glossary of formulae. It contains new coverage of:

  • Microcontrollers
  • FPGAs
  • Classes of components
  • Memory (RAM, ROM, etc.)
  • Surface mount
  • High speed design
  • Board layout
  • Advanced digital electronics (e.g. processors)
  • Transistor circuits and circuit design
  • Op-amp and logic circuits
  • Use of test equipment

Key Features

  • Gives readers a simple explanation of complex concepts, in terms they can understand and relate to everyday life.
  • Updated content throughout and new material on the latest technological advances.
  • Provides readers with an invaluable set of tools and references that they can use in their everyday work.


Engineering students and beginning engineers. Experienced engineers needing a refresher; engineers from other disciplines needing a practical introduction to EE principles.

Table of Contents

Chapter 0: What is Electricity Really? Chicken vs. Egg What is Electricity Really? The Atom Now What? A Preview of Things to Come It Just Seems Magical Chapter 1: Three Things They Should Have Taught in Engineering 101 Units count How to visualize Electrical Components Learn an Intuitive Approach “Lego” Engineering Chapter 2: Basic Theory Ohm’s Law Still Works, Constantly Drill The Fundamantals It’s About time Beam Me Up? Keep It Under Control Chapter 3: Pieces Parts Partially Conducting Electricity Power and Heat Managment The Magical Mysterious Op-Amp Negative Feedback Positive Feedback It’s Supposed To Be Logical Microprocessor/Microcontroller Basics Input and Output Chapter 4: The Real World It Takes a Little D to A to Get a Little A to D Making Stuff Move —The Electromechanical World Power Supplies Chapter 5: Tools Making the Invisible Visible Simulators Soldering Irons People Tools Chapter 6: Troubleshooting Getting Ready For The Hunt Ghost in the Machine - EMI Code Junkies Beware Chapter 7: Touchy-Feely Stuff People Skills Becoming and Extroverted Introvert Communication Skills Especially For Managers Especially for Employees How to Make a Great Product Appendix


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