Applied Analog Electronics
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Applied Analog Electronics

A first course in electronics

About the Book

Instructors who are considering adopting the book can get a coupon for a free copy by emailing a request to karplus@soe.ucsc.edu. A solution set is also available to qualified instructors who adopt the text.

This textbook is for a first course on electronics. It assumes no prior electronics experience, but does assume that students have had calculus and high-school physics. Drafts of the book have been used for several years at UCSC. A key idea of the course is that students need a lot of design experience and hands-on work, rather than a lot of theory. The course is centered around the labs, which are a mix of design labs and measurement/modeling labs.

The book is also intended for people to be able to learn from without a course, and many of the recent changes are to make the book more useful to hobbyists and students on a limited budget, by changing the labs so that they can be done without expensive lab equipment. The equipment needed is described in the Preface, which is included in the free sample chapters.

My blog https://gasstationwithoutpumps.wordpress.com discusses the development of the course and the book, along with many other topics. Schedules for past offerings of the course can be found at https://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~karplus/bme51

The book is now complete, as Edition 1.3. There may be future editions.

Buying the book now gets you all future updates published through Leanpub.

691 pages

348 figures

14 tables

528 index entries

169 references

The chapter on design report guidelines is available free as a separate publication:

https://leanpub.com/design_report_guidelines

As before, I am still offering 25¢ rewards for the first report of each error (no matter how small) in the book. 

I have recorded video lectures for the book. Playlists are at

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQCrrTKnAE-97LcrJuUQ_5wKBFil8An9i for the first course and

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQCrrTKnAE--khjVV52ZWU_Usc3e6KV9J for the second course

The first playlist of 122 videos runs about 27:16 and the second playlist of 50 videos runs about 12 hours, so the average video length is under 14 minutes.

There may be one or two videos added and existing ones may be updated, but the set of lectures is essentially complete. Many still have only automatic closed captioning, but the captions will (slowly) get hand edited.

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About the Author

Kevin Karplus
Kevin Karplus

Kevin Karplus is a Professor Emeritus of Biomolecular Engineering at University of California, Santa Cruz, where he was formerly a Professor of Computer Engineering. His education is in math (B.S. and M.S.) and computer science (Ph.D.), but he has taught a wide variety of subjects, including VLSI design, discrete math, digital logic design, computer architecture, technical writing, desktop publishing, bioinformatics, and applied analog electronics.

He writes a blog that discusses his courses and writing (among other things) at http://gasstationwithoutpumps.wordpress.com

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