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. Summar


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'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