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Electrical Engineering 101 covers the basic theory and practice of electronics, starting by answering the question "What is electricity?" It goes on to explain the fundamental principles and components, relating them constantly to real-world examples. Sections on tools and troubleshooting give engineers deeper understanding and the know-how to create and maintain their own electronic design projects. Unlike other books that simply describe electronics and provide step-by-step build instructions, EE101 delves into how and why electricity and electronics work, giving the reader the tools to take their electronics education to the next level. It is written in a down-to-earth style and explains jargon, technical terms and schematics as they arise. The author builds a genuine understanding of the fundamentals and shows how they can be applied to a range of engineering problems.

This third edition includes more real-world examples and a glossary of formulae. It contains new coverage of:

  • Microcontrollers
  • FPGAs
  • Classes of components
  • Memory (RAM, ROM, etc.)
  • Surface mount
  • High speed design
  • Board layout
  • Advanced digital electronics (e.g. processors)
  • Transistor circuits and circuit design
  • Op-amp and logic circuits
  • Use of test equipment


  • Gives readers a simple explanation of complex concepts, in terms they can understand and relate to everyday life.
  • Updated content throughout and new material on the latest technological advances.
  • Provides readers with an invaluable set of tools and references that they can use in their everyday work.

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Electrical Engineering 101
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2 / 5
January 23rd, 2014
Not a book for beginners. The author seems to assume you have a fairly in-depth working knowledge of electrical engineering (or at least a few introductory college courses) before reading the book. Despite repeated hand-waving about the "chicken and egg" nature of the subject where concepts are interrelated, he makes no effort to actually bring them together in a meaningful way. He'll introduce a new topic and instead of giving straightforward examples to clarify the concept or tying it to things you've already learned, he'll give confusing examples of how it relates to other concepts and terms that haven't been introduced yet, then say things like "you should be able to do this off the top of your head without thinking". This happens repeatedly in the first several chapters which is as far as I got before giving up in frustration. I get that the concepts are complicated and all related but they're not presented in a way that's accessible to newcomers as the title would imply.
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