Electronics Simplified - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780080970639, 9780080971117

Electronics Simplified

3rd Edition

Authors: Ian Sinclair
Paperback ISBN: 9780080970639
eBook ISBN: 9780080971117
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 13th April 2011
Page Count: 368
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Electronics Simplified, Third Edition, discusses the aims and methods of electronics, with emphasis on digital electronics and software options. It covers the latest developments in electronics, including Blu-ray, digital TV and radio, HD and 3D TV, robotic systems, radar, cellular phones, GPS, and microcomputers.

Organized into 17 chapters, the book introduces the reader to every aspect of electronics from fundamentals to applications, with minimal mathematics required. It provides an overview of electricity, waves, and pulses and how a steady voltage is generated, along with power, alternating voltage, and AC and DC transmission. The information on microcomputers has been greatly expanded, while information on analog fundamentals has been retained. It also discusses passive components such as transformers, resistors and capacitors, inductors, transformers, resonance, and diodes; active components and integrated circuits, particularly what a transistor is and what it does; how traditional radio works; elements of television, including color television; digital television and radio broadcasting; and digital signals and digital recording. Finally, the principles of CD recording are explained, along with the basics of microprocessors, calculators, computers, and computer peripherals.

This book is essential reading for hobbyists, technicians, professionals, and students. It is suitable for anyone taking a qualification course in electronics, or for those who want to know more about the digital revolution.

Key Features

  • Explains electronics from fundamentals to applications – No other book has such breadth of coverage
  • Approachable, clear writing style, with minimal math – No previous knowledge of electronics required!
  • Now fully revised and updated to include coverage of the latest developments in electronics: Blu-ray, HD, 3-D TV, digital TV and radio, miniature computers, robotic systems and more.


Hobbyists, technicians, low level professionals and students – anyone taking a course or qualification in electronics who wants to understand the principles that they will be applying, but without a project/ design focus.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Overview on Vehicle Buzz, Squeak and Rattle

1.1. Customer Expectation and Vehicle Quality

1.2. Buzz, Squeak and Rattle Mechanism

1.3. Vehicle BSR Phenomena and Examples

1.4. Design Process

1.5. Design Parameters and BSR Prevention

1.6. Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)

1.7. Conclusion

Chapter 2. Friction Sliding and Rattle Impact Analysis

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Experimental Set up

2.3. Results

2.4. Conclusions

Chapter 3. Stick-Slip Characteristics of Leather/Artificial Leather

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Measuring Methods for Determining Stick-Slip Properties

3.3. Leather Tests

3.4. Artificial Leather Tests

Chapter 4. Material Pair Testing and Instrumentation

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Material Properties of Sliding Pairs

4.3. Challenges for Accurate Measurements

4.4. Equipment Design

4.5. Functional Principle?

4.6. Application Examples

4.7. Discussion, Conclusion and Outlook

Chapter 5. Full Vehicle Testing

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Road Testing

5.3. Road Simulators

5.4. Finding and Fixing

Chapter 6. Buzz, Squeak and Rattle Detection for Modules, Subsystems and Components

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Major Issues Involved with the Physical Test Setup

6.3. Vibration Test Methods

6.4. Evaluation of BSR Noises in the Lab

6.5. Application Example (Including Test Methods and Lessons Learned)

6.6. Conclusion and Outlook

Chapter 7. Universal Graining to Prevent Creaking Noises with Plastic and Elastic Contact Partners

Chapter 8. Squeak and Rattle CAE Simulation Using FEA

8.1. Introduction

8.2. Nonlinear Method – Rattle Simulation Using Rattle Factor

8.3. Quasi-Linear Method – Rattle HotSpot Check

8.4. Summary and Outlook

Chapter 9. Squeak and Rattle Prevention in the Design Phase Using a Pragmatic Approach

9.1. Motivation for Prevention: Warranty Cost, Afterworks Cost and Image Loss

9.2. S&R Elimination Starts in the Design Phase

9.3. Solutions in Prevention of Squeak

9.4. Solutions in Prevention of Rattle

9.5. How to Proceed

Chapter 10. Experimental Friction Behavior of Elastomers on Glass

10.1. The Problem

10.2. Experimental Setup

10.3. Results

10.4. Test Method

10.5. Summary

Chapter 11. Development of Squeak and Rattle Countermeasures Through Up-Front Designs

11.1. Introduction

11.2. Root Causes of Squeak and Rattle Problems

11.3. Squeak and Rattle Sensitivity Areas

11.4. Development of Squeak and Rattle Countermeasures Through Up-Front Designs

Chapter 12. Coatings for Low-Noise Body Seals

12.1. Coatings

12.2. Mechanism of Function

12.3. Materials

12.4. Troubleshooting Anti-Noise Coating Problems



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About the Author

Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair was born in 1932 in Tayport, Fife, and graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1956. In that year, he joined the English Electric Valve Co. in Chelmsford, Essex, to work on the design of specialised cathode-ray tubes, and later on small transmitting valves and TV transmitting tubes. In 1966, he became an assistant lecturer at Hornchurch Technical College, and in 1967 joined the staff of Braintree College of F.E. as a lecturer. His first book, “Understanding Electronic Components” was published in 1972, and he has been writing ever since, particularly for the novice in Electronics or Computing. The interest in computing arose after seeing a Tandy TRS80 in San Francisco in 1977, and of his 204 published books, about half have been on computing topics, starting with a guide to Microsoft Basic on the TRS80 in 1979. He left teaching in 1984 to concentrate entirely on writing, and has also gained experience in computer typesetting, particularly for mathematical texts. He has recently visited Seattle to see Microsoft at work, and to remind them that he has been using Microsoft products longer than most Microsoft employees can remember. Ian Sinclair is the author of the following Made Simple books: Lotus 1-2-3- (2.4 DOS version) MS-DOS (up to version 6.22) PagePlus for Windows 3.1 Hard drives He is also the author of many other books published under our Newnes imprint.Visit Ian's website at http://website.lineone.net/~ian_sinclair

Affiliations and Expertise

Long-standing technical author, UK


'Ideal for students who are just about to begin a course that involves electronics, for people who are interested in the subject but do not know where to start, or for those who need a straightforward revision of the basics.' Electrotechnology