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October 30th, 2007, 06:30 AM
By which I mean building analog circuits.

I'm a graduate student doing experimental research, and somehow this is largely missing from my background, but now I have come to the point where it would really, really help me along to be able to put some things together.

I've had a course on circuits a few years back, so I know enough to get started and immediately run into trouble. I can find circuits online that do things similar to my needs, but I need to customize them. As such, I need to understand what different parts do and how to change them.

So I ask you, oh wise Ubuntu forums, what books and reference materials would you recommend? Please be kind - I'm a graduate student. I'm poor. I can afford things that are cheap (below $50) or in the library.

October 30th, 2007, 08:59 AM
Forrest Mims - Getting Started In Electronics

For years this amazing little hand-written book was carried in Radio Shack and gave /so/ many people the necessary solid foundation. It's The classic. Find it and become one more grateful soul.

October 30th, 2007, 09:33 AM
Though his focus is mainly on electronic music and recording, Craig Anderton's books (http://books.google.com/books?q=inauthor%3ACraig+inauthor%3AAnderton&btnG=Search+Books) are very apprehensible for the beginner and still useful for the expert (and you might even find some of them in your local library).

October 30th, 2007, 02:20 PM
These might be of use.

Lessons In Electric Circuits (http://www.ibiblio.org/obp/electricCircuits/)
Electronics Index (http://mysite.du.edu/~etuttle/electron/elecindx.htm)
discovercircuits (http://www.discovercircuits.com/list.htm)
Electronic-circuits (http://www.electronics.oulu.fi/links/schematics.html)
United States Navy Electricity & Electronics Training Series - NEETS* (http://www.phy.davidson.edu/instrumentation/NEETS.htm)
PCB Design Tutorial (http://www.alternatezone.com/electronics/pcbdesign.htm)
The Basics of Signal Integrity (http://www.altera.com/technology/signal/fundamentals/basics/sgl-basics-cont.html)
MOS_op-amp_design (http://engr.smu.edu/ee/7321/MOS_op-amp_design.pdf)
Circuit Board Repair and Rework Guide (http://www.circuittechctr.com/guides/guides.shtml)

November 7th, 2007, 10:33 PM
Awesome! Lessons in Electric Circuits seems just what the doctor ordered - look pretty thorough, easy to understand, and free. I'm definitely reading through it.

And Forrest Mims' book sounds pretty good, too.

Thanks peeps!

November 7th, 2007, 11:12 PM
i am selling books i used in college. i have a bs in electrical engineering. here is a link to my circuits book if you are interested....
http://product.half.ebay.com/Electric-Circuits_W0QQprZ4421435QQitemZ12388740094QQtgZvide tails

i would be willing to sell it for even less than the listed price. if you are interested, make me an offer. i think i even still have the Pspice booklet that came with it.