Electronic Systems - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780408106597, 9781483135526

Electronic Systems

1st Edition

Study Topics in Physics Book 8

Authors: William Bolton
eBook ISBN: 9781483135526
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 20th November 1980
Page Count: 96
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Electronic Systems is concerned with electronic systems such as sine-wave oscillators, amplifiers with negative feedback, operational amplifiers, analogue and digital computers, switching circuits, bistable circuits, and microprocessors. This text is comprised of five chapters; the first of which introduces the basic ideas of a system, feedback, control, and logic gates. Examples of feedback and closed-loop control are given, and the distinction between the effects of positive and negative feedback is described, along with the functions of AND, OR, NOT, NOR, and NAND logic gates. The next chapters focus on the effects of resistors, capacitors, and inductors in circuits, as well as the developments in valves and semiconductors and the physics of conduction in solids, metals, and semiconductors. The final chapter considers the electronic applications of some of the ideas discussed in the previous chapters.
This book is intended for students interested in physics and is recommended to be read prior to going to university.

Table of Contents

1 Systems


Measurement Systems

Control of Systems

Positive and Negative Feedback

Logic Gates

Suggestions for Answers

Further Problems

Appendix 1.1 A System

2 Circuits

Direct-Current Circuits

Alternating Current

Capacitors in Circuits

Inductors in Circuits

Capacitors, Inductors and Resistors in Circuits


Power in A.C. Circuits

Pulses and CR and LR Circuits

Suggestions for Answers

Further Problems

3 Valves to Semiconductors

The Diode Valve

The Triode Valve

Metal Rectifiers

The Junction Diode

The Transistor

The Integrated Circuit

Suggestions for Answers

Further Problems

4 Conduction in Solids

Conduction in Solids


The Junction Diode

The Transistor

Suggestions for Answers

Further Problems

Appendix 4.1 The Energy Band Model of Solids

5 Electronic Systems


A Sine-Wave Oscillator

Amplifiers with Negative Feedback

Operational Amplifiers

Analogue Computers

Switching Circuits

The Bistable Circuit

Digital Computers


Suggestions for Answers

Further Problems

Appendix 5.1 Molecular Biology and Computers





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About the Author

William Bolton

Former Lecturer at Buckingham Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, UK, and now retired, William Bolton has worked in industry and academia as a senior lecturer in a college of technology, a member of the Nuffield Advanced Physics team, an adviser to a British government aid project in Brazil on technical education, as a UNESCO consultant in Argentina and Thailand, and as Head of Research and Development at the Business and Technician Education Council. He has written many engineering textbooks, including Mechatronics, 4th ed., Engineering Science, 5th ed., Higher Engineering Science, 2nd ed., Mechanical Science, 3rd ed., and Instrumentation and Control Systems.

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Formerly Lecturer, Buckingham Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, UK

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