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H. Michael Thomas is an electrical engineer with 29 years of experience in the defense electronics industry and 17 years experience in post secondary education. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Ohio University and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Colorado State University.
Mr. Thomas worked for Goodyear Aerospace in Akron, Ohio for 14 years. He did circuit design for aerial reconnaissance systems, simulation systems, and missile terminal guidance systems. He then went to work for Martin Marietta in Denver, Colorado for 11 years where he worked on NASA research programs involving earth observation experiments and space robotics systems. His last 4 years of industry experience were with Loral Defense Systems in Goodyear, Arizona where he worked on top secret reconnaissance systems. All three companies that Mr. Thomas worked for are now part of the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Mr. Thomas taught as a part time adjunct professor for 2 years in the Electronics Engineering Technology program at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. He taught advanced circuit analysis. Following his industry experience Mr. Thomas accepted a position as Dean of Engineering Technology programs at DeVry University in Phoenix, Arizona where he served for 8 years. He stepped down from his Dean position to accept a Senior Professor position and taught circuit analysis, signal processing, and controls courses for his last 7 years. In his retirement, Mr. Thomas decided to use his free time to write a series of textbooks that would allow him to pass along his knowledge of electronics to future generations.
"A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It's very good at disarming the fear. And it's gorgeous. I'll be recommending this book highly."
--Tom Igoe, author of Physical Computing and Making Things Talk
Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun, hands-on way? With Make: Electronics, you'll start working on real projects as soon as you crack open the book. Explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments. You'll build the circuits first, then learn the theory behind them!
Build working devices, from simple to complex You'll start with the basics and then move on to more complicated projects. Go from switching circuits to integrated circuits, and from simple alarms to programmable microcontrollers. Step-by-step instructions and more than 500 full-color photographs and illustrations will help you use -- and understand -- electronics concepts and techniques.Discover by breaking things: experiment with components and learn from failure Set up a tricked-out project space: make a work area at home, equipped with the tools and parts you'll need Learn about key electronic components and their functions within a circuit Create an intrusion alarm, holiday lights, wearable electronic jewelry, audio processors, a reflex tester, and a combination lock Build an autonomous robot cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstacles Get clear, easy-to-understand explanations of what you're doing and why
Navigate the roadmaps of simple electronic circuits and complex systems with help from an experienced engineer. With all-new art and demo circuits you can build, this hands-on, illustrated guide explains how to understand and create high-precision electronics diagrams. Find out how to identify parts and connections, decipher element ratings, and apply diagram-based information in your own projects. Beginner’s Guide to Reading Schematics, Third Edition, also contains valuable appendices covering symbols and resistor color codes.
Featuring detailed coverage of:Schematic, block, and pictorial diagrams Resistors and capacitors Inductors and transformers Switches, conductors, and cables Diodes, transistors, and logic gates Electron tubes Cells and batteries Voltage dividers and reducers Breadboards and wire wrapping Electronics troubleshooting
This third edition includes more real-world examples and a glossary of formulae. It contains new coverage of:MicrocontrollersFPGAsClasses of componentsMemory (RAM, ROM, etc.)Surface mountHigh speed designBoard layoutAdvanced digital electronics (e.g. processors)Transistor circuits and circuit designOp-amp and logic circuitsUse of test equipmentGives 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.
At the end of the book, you’ll apply everything you’ve learned by building an analog synthesizer, using the MFOS Noise Toaster kit. You’ll also learn what it takes to create synth-DIY electronic music studio. Get started in the fun and engaging hobby of synth-DIY without delay.
With this book, you’ll learn:The differences between analog and digital synthesizersAnalog synthesizer building blocks, including VCOs, VCFs, VCAs, and LFOsHow to tool up for synth-DIY, including electronic instruments and suggestions for home-made equipmentFoundational circuits for amplification, biasing, and signal mixingHow to work with the MFOS Noise Toaster kitSetting up a synth-DIY electronic music studio on a budget