Practical Electronics Handbook - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780750680714, 9780080469515

Practical Electronics Handbook

6th Edition

Authors: Ian Sinclair
Paperback ISBN: 9780750680714
eBook ISBN: 9780080469515
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 11th January 2007
Page Count: 480
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Mathematical Conventions

Chapter 1: Resistors Passive components Resistors Resistivity Resistivity calculations Resistor construction Tolerances and E-series Resistance value coding Surface mounted resistors Resistor characteristics Dissipation and temperature rise Variables and laws Resistors in circuit Kirchoff's law The superposition theorem Thevenin's theorem Thermistors Variation of resistance with temperaure

Chapter 2: Capacitors Capacitance The parallel-plate capacitor Construction Other capacitor characteristics Energy and charge storage Time constants Reactance CR circuits

Chapter 3: Inductive and Tuned Circuit Components Inductors Transformers Signal-matching transformers Mains transformers Other transformer types Surface-mounted inductors Inductance calculations Untuned transformers Inductive reactance LCR circuits Coupled tuned circuits Quartz crystals Temperature effects Wave filters

Chapter 4: Chemical Cells and Batteries Introduction Primary and secondary cells Battery connections Simple cell The Leclanche cell The alkaline primary cells Miniature (button) cells Lithium cells Secondary cells Nickel-cadmium cells Lithium-ion rechargeable cells



Ian Sinclair's Practical Electronics Handbook combines a wealth useful day-to-day electronics information, concise explanations and practical guidance in this essential companion to anyone involved in electronics design and construction. The compact collection of key data, fundamental principles and circuit design basics provides an ideal reference for a wide range of students, enthusiasts, technicians and practitioners of electronics who have progressed beyond the basics. The sixth edition is updated throughout with new material on microcontrollers and computer assistance, and a new chapter on digital signal processing

Key Features

· Invaluable handbook and reference for hobbyists, students and technicians · Essential day-to-day electronics information, clear explanations and practical guidance in one compact volume · Assumes some previous electronics knowledge but coverage to interest beginners and professionals alike


Hobbyists, students, technicians and other professionals with some electronics knowledge. Anyone involved in post-basic practical electronics work.


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About the Authors

Ian Sinclair Author

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