Hands-On Electronics by Daniel M. Kaplan & Christopher G. White is a comprehensive laboratory manual for the course Physics 300, Instrumentation Laboratory, offered every semester at Illinois Institute of Technology. The book is designed for students of physics, mechanical engineering, and aeronautical engineering majors. The book’s main objective is to provide a hands-on introduction to analog and digital electronics. It covers the basics of electronics and includes various experiments that can be completed in about four hours.
The book is divided into ten chapters, covering topics ranging from basic concepts of electronics, electronic components, amplifiers, oscillators, digital circuits, and much more. Each chapter provides clear and concise explanations of the theory behind the experiments and includes step-by-step instructions for completing them. The experiments are design to be complete in a laboratory setting, and each experiment has a list of necessary equipment and supplies.
The book covers both analog and digital electronics and includes experiments on both types of circuits. The authors have taken a unique approach to the book, which is faster-pace and goes into less depth, making it suitable for a one-semester course covering the elements of both analog and digital electronics. The book is also suitable for self-study by a person who has access to the necessary equipment and wants a hands-on introduction to the subject.
Writing Style and Presentation:
The writing style of the book is clear, concise, and easy to understand. The authors have made a conscious effort to avoid technical jargon and to explain complex concepts in simple terms. The presentation of the book is also well-organize and user-friendly. Each chapter is divide into sections, making it easy to find specific topics, and the experiments are present in a step-by-step format.
The book also includes numerous illustrations and diagrams, which help to clarify the concepts being discuss. The illustrations are well-design and easy to understand, making the book an excellent resource for visual learners. The appendices suggest sources for equipment and supplies, provide tables of abbreviations and symbols, and list recommendations for further reading.
One of the book’s strengths is its practical approach to learning electronics. The authors have emphasized the importance of hands-on experience in electronics. And have provided numerous experiments that allow students to apply the concepts they have learned. The experiments are well-design and cover a broad range of topics. Making the book an excellent resource for anyone interested in electronics.
Another strength of the book is its clear and concise writing style. The authors have made a conscious effort to avoid technical jargon and to explain complex concepts in simple terms. This makes the book accessible to a wide range of readers, from beginners to advanced learners.
One of the book’s weaknesses is its lack of depth in some areas. The authors have taken a faster-paced approach to the material. Which means that some topics are not cover in as much depth as they would be in a more comprehensive text. However, this is not necessarily a weakness. As the book is intend to be an introduction to electronics, rather than a comprehensive reference.
Another weakness of the book is its focus on laboratory experiments. While the experiments are an excellent way to learn electronics. Some readers may prefer a more theoretical approach to the subject. However, the authors have provided recommendations for further reading. Which includes chapter-by-chapter correspondences to some popular electronics texts written at similar or somewhat deeper levels to theirs.
Overall, Hands-On Electronics by Daniel M. Kaplan & Christopher G. White is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning electronics. The book’s practical approach to learning, clear writing style. And user-friendly presentation make it an excellent resource for beginners and advanced learners alike.