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Hi all,

I'm new to Arduino and Electronics. I find very easy to figure out the programming aspect of Arduino but very hard to do the physical part(electronics) of it.

I've bought a Book called "Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery)", http://www.amazon.com/Make-Electronics-Discovery-Charles-Platt/dp/0596153740

In this book I think the theoretical/calculus aspect of Electronics in this book is not deep enough. What book/books can I use that give me an introduction to Electronics with strong theoretical/calculus support?

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I would possibly look to some of the online university courses for that sort of treatment - such
as the MIT one: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-002-circuits-and-electronics-spring-2007/index.htm

Most introductory texts below university level will specifically exclude calculus or Maxwell's equations
I suspect.
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I used to have a bunch of books by this author. Definitely worth a look :)

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What book/books can I use that give me an introduction to Electronics with strong theoretical/calculus support?

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Horowitz and Hill

Brilliant though H&H is, they avoid mathematical treatment where possible!

[ for those not in the know, "The Art of Electronics", Horrowitz & Hill - there are at least two editions, emphasis
on analog electronics and precision signal processing / scientific applications ]
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I don't know your level but if you want something calculus based be aware that such an electronics book may well skip over basic electricity/circuit theory assuming you already know that part.  When I took classes some years ago those were split into two separate courses.


What kind of electronics; analogue, digital? I have been given a load of textbooks as part of the course I'm on (BTEC level 3, kind of what we'd do before going to university (this in the UK, so I guess in the States it would be known as college? A BEng., anyway)) but I have to run now so I can't post the names and ISBNs. They're pretty useful but a few are out of print and hard to find.

If you can find Forrest M. Mims III's "Engineer's Mini Notebook", you should be able to download that for free (legally). I personally haven't looked at it yet but it seems like a handy resource, particularly for analogue electronics; I've heard there are a lot of op amp example circuits in there like integrator and differentiator circuits... That's calculus, right?!

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