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

Preface Chapter 1 Electricity, Waves, and Pulses     Fundamental Electricity     Steady Voltage     Power     Alternating Voltage     Alternating Current and Waves     Electronics     Electromagnetic Waves     Waveforms     Pulses          Actions on Pulses Chapter 2 Passive Components     Resistors     Capacitors     Charge and Discharge     Inductors     Transformers     Resonance     Diodes          Other Diode Types Chapter 3 Active Components and Integrated Circuits     Transistors          NPN and PNP Transistors          Field-Effect Transistors          Switching     Integrated Circuits          Linear Integrated Circuits          Digital Integrated Circuits     The Microprocessor Chapter 4 Linear Circuits     Linearity     Gain     Frequency Response     Broadband Amplifiers     Tuned Amplifiers     Power and Root Mean Square Values     Calculating Power     Feedback     Oscillators and Multipliers Chapter 5 Block and Circuit Diagrams     Diagrams     Circuit Diagrams     Block Diagrams     Linear Circuit Blocks     Filtering     Digital Circuit Blocks     Other Blocks Chapter 6 How Traditional Radio Works     Radio Waves     Transmission and Reception     Modulation     Reception     Radio Block Diagrams          Early Receivers          The Superhet     Stereo Radio     Internet Radio Chapter 7 Disc and Tape Recording     Early Gramophones     Electrical Methods     Hi-Fi and Stereo     Tape and Cassette     Cinema Sound     Home Cinema     Noise          Noise Reduction     Video and Digital Recording Chapter 8 Elements of Television     Television     Scanning          Synchronization          The Analog Television Waveform     Transmission     Modern Television Displays          Cathode-Ray Tubes          Liquid Crystal Display and Plasma Screens     Analog Television Receiver     Color Television          The Three Color Systems          Color Television Tubes     Analog


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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

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