Electronics: A First Course

3rd Edition

Authors: Owen Bishop
Paperback ISBN: 9781856176958
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 22nd December 2010


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Owen Bishop’s First Course starts with the basics of electricity and component types, introducing students to practical work almost straight away. No prior knowledge of electronics is required.

The approach is student-centred with self-test features to check understanding, including numerous activities suitable for practicals, homework and other assignments. Multiple choice questions are incorporated throughout the text in order to aid student learning. Key facts, formulae and definitions are highlighted to aid revision, and theory is backed up by numerous examples within the book. Each chapter ends with a set of problems that includes exam-style questions, for which numerical answers are provided at the end of the book.

This text is ideal for a wide range of introductory courses in electronics, technology, physics and engineering. The coverage has been carefully matched to the latest UK syllabuses including GCSE Electronics, GCSE Design & Technology, Engineering GCSE and Edexcel’s BTEC First in Engineering, resulting in a text that meets the needs of students on all Level 2 electronics units and courses.

Owen Bishop’s talent for introducing the world of electronics has long been a proven fact with his textbooks, professional introductions and popular circuit construction guides being chosen by thousands of students, lecturers and electronics enthusiasts.

Key Features

  • Experienced author who has written more than 70 educational books
  • Hundreds of drawings and photographs to illustrate the topics covered in the course of the book


Electronics GCSE (AQA, WJEC); GCSE Short Course in Electronics (WJEC); BTEC First Certificate / Diploma in Electronics (Edexcel); GCSE Design & Technology. Introductory background reading for students of BTEC National. Any reader new to the field of electronics.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Electricity 1 Electrons 2 Static and current electricity 3 Cells and batteries 4 Current, voltage and power 5 Alternating currents 6 Mains electricity 7 Plugs and features 8 Electricity in the home 9 Sources of energy 10 More sources of energy

Part 2: Electronic components 11 Resistance 12 Resistors 13 More about resistors 14 Resistor networks 15 Capacitors 16 Charging capacitors 17 Inductors 18 SI units 19 Switches 20 Diodes 21 Rectifier diodes 22 Light-emitting diodes 23 Light-dependent resistors 24 Thermistors 25 Transistors 26 Transistor action 27 Transistor switches 28 Thyristors 29 Field effect transistors

Part 3: Electronic systems 30 The structure of a system 31 Sensors 32 Interfacing sensors 33 Amplifying signals 34 Timing 35 Logic 36 Logical systems 37 Logical sequences 38 Storing data 39 Microcontrollers 40 Programs 41 Visual output 42 Audible output 43 Mechanical output

Part 4: Electronic systems in action 44 Audio systems 45 Radio transmission 46 Radio reception 47 Digital communications 48 Computers 49 Control systems

Appendices Symbols used for circuits Symbols used in flowcharts Answers to questions<BR id="


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About the Author

Owen Bishop

Author of over 70 books, mostly electronic and many in the field of science education. Contributor to numerous electronic magazines such as Everyday Practical Electronics, Elektor Electronics, Electronics Australia and Electronics Today International. Former Science Education Advisor in developing countries as staff member of the British Council and as a part of the UN Educational and Scientific Organisation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Technical Author, Perth, Australia