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Electronic Principles [Hardcover]

Albert Paul Malvino
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December 1992 0028008456 978-0028008455 5th Revised edition
Designed for use in courses such as electronic devices or electronic circuits, this edition features a new chapter on communication circuits, as well as performance objectives for each chapter. New material provides a stronger theoretical understanding of electronics. In addition, special sections called "T-shooters", designed to strengthen students' trouble-shooting skills, are included throughout the text. The content of the work has also been updated to keep coverage in step with the fast-changing world of electronics. Each chapter offers multi-level question groups oriented to theory, design and trouble-shooting. Additional higher-level problems are provided for students in advanced programmes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Electronic basics March 2 2003
I do not know what Dr. malvino wanted to do? Teach Electronics to kids? Because this is what the book is truly capable of doing. Indeed this is a must read for any Electronic student and professional alike to learn/improve the concepts of electronic. To understand the basic concepts of Electronics is no easy task. But with this book it will be. The design is first class with easy fluid language and the explanation is done with detailed simplified diagrams as well as good examples.
I am a process engineering student and truly, without this book (sixth edition) understanding the remaining part of my course would be quite a task.
In the book Mr.Malvino (who is a Phd by the way) starts with the very basics of electronics (Norton theory, semiconductors diodes etc.) and progresses with transistors in detail and moves through Op-Amps and FETs and MOSfETS and ends with power sources.
Each chapter starts with the objectives (or what you will learn at the end of the lesson), vocabulary, the matter along with mathematical or elctronic exampleswhich are solved and ends with a trouble shooting matter. Following that you get a summary (very handy in your last minute rivisions before exams),some intersting student assignment, job interview questions, more problems to be solved, Critical thinking and trouble shooting problems. Also some facts about electronic and "did you know" sections to interest you and see to it that you never get bored. After completing this entire series, you end up knowing the stuff really well. Truly the best book in learning as far as I know.
So do buy this book and happy learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST book on electronics, period. June 29 2001
I've been planning to write this review for quite the longest time. I first came across Dr Malvino via the 3rd edition of Electronic Principles. I happened to buy it for like 2$ at a library used book sale. I read the book and, almost magically, electronics, a subject I enjoyed but happened to be very weak in, made absolute sense. After this I bought the latest edition. Electronic Principles by Dr. Malvino is the greatest book on learning electronics. It has helped me master the field of electronics. Its a good book for beginners and a constant reference for advanced readers like myself. Especially as a university graduate I refer to the book constantly. Malvino was the only author who stresses Thevenin theorem's importance, which is true because it is everywhere in the book. He explains diodes, transitors including AC and DC equivalent circuits, with crystal clear clarity. For example, before reading Dr Malvino's book I had no clue how to calculate input and output impedance of ANY amplifier, after reading the book I can do these calculations. Malvino's clear explanations are excellent, and have helped me become an Electronics "wiz". Thank You Dr. Malvino for helping me learn a very beloved subject that was taught terribly to me in University, and probably many other Universities.
For the critics, sure its a beginners book, but if you know EVERY electronic concept Malvino writes about in the book and can prove it to me by writing it down on paper without referring to another book, then I'll accept your review of the book. And every discipline of humanity, from basketweaving, ballet, or electronics, is based upon solid principles. And Dr. Malvino has them all in his book, and builds upon them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent/Easy to Comprehend/Succinct April 2 2000
I feel this is the best book on Electronics I have ever read. It is easy to understand, comes right to the point and makes you feel so at ease with the subject.
I think the book is outstanding because it explains transistors better than any other book I have ever read. Rather than a heavy use of formulas, Malvino relies on concrete explanations of the physical mechanism behind transistor action. On this foundation he then goes on to explain op amps, active filters, and many other advanced topics in the absolute clearest possible way.
I have read the other reviews on this book and one in particular AMAZES me. It is hard to understand the above criticism of this book-- perhaps he has not read many books on the subject.
I feel the conversational "jargon" is a great aid in benefitting the reader, and feel his criticism does not understand that this book is written so the neophyte is instructed and does not feel intimidated.
Naturally, each is entitled to their opinion, but it is hard for me to believe that such intense dislike for such a great book can be expressed with little or no reason.
In conclusion, in my opinion, I think the positive reviews from India, Alaska and Switzerland more closely describe this wonderful book.
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I had the misfortune of being required to use Malvino's text in tech school - and my advice to other students of electronics is to avoid any text authored by Malvino at all costs. The science of electronics is complex enough to integrate into one's conceptual knowledge, without having to wade through the often nonsensical, "folksy" soup of Malvino's prose. Beyond the decidedly unprofessional presentation of the subject matter in general, Malvino's introduction identifies his predilection for NON-ABSOLUTISM - in his paean to the logically corrupt notion that 'no one can really know anything with certainty'. Try testing the theory that "no one can really know with certainty" say, the consequences of shorting 120 Volts AC to ground through your body via a bare finger placed on a hot lead, on the assumption that current is "not an absolute." This is a philosophical issue - specifically a corruption of epistemology - but the result is a thoroughly unneccessary subversion of the learning process, and a thoroughly unneccessary addition of confusion to an already complex subject. The best alternatives to Malvino's distracting childishness are Thomas Floyd's excellent texts. You will find Floyd's work to be 100% professional, no nonsense, and unencumbered by Malvino's fashionable - and self-contradictory - disdain for logic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bible
This book is considered the bible in elementary electronic and after reading it, I can see why.
A must have in any hobbyist library.
Published 16 months ago by Mai Boo
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book - albeit only for the beginner
To begin with, this book is amazing. The basics have been explained very well in this book. Ok, so it lacks in the more advanced level analysis. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2003 by Jimmy Desai
5.0 out of 5 stars Builds strong foundation
This text is simply the best. It explains the theory behind semiconductors in a manner that the reader will understand (if he puts his mind to it). Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003 by "merlioncity"
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic Principles
This is an excellent book for those interested in electronics or seeking their Associates Degree in Electronics. Read more
Published on April 9 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars good for the beginner
This book is good for someone who has not already developed strong fundamentals. It's easy to read. If you are the type that likes reading advanced texts written in a professional,... Read more
Published on March 24 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
After stumbling thru numerous basic engineering and electronics texts, I finally found Malvino's clear simple presentation which relies almost entirely on algebraic formulations... Read more
Published on March 16 2000 by M. Anderson-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Excellent
The first time I read this book was when I was a student in the Institute of Technology in 1976. At that time, I was fascinated by how exceptional this author is in his ability to... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2000 by FATIH Eman
5.0 out of 5 stars Malvino makes the complex easily understood.
Electronics is a difficult enough subject to understand without the unnecessary compounding of the subject that many other authors supply through gross over mathematical treatment... Read more
Published on July 27 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book available for this level of electronics.
"Electronic Principles" covers mostly semiconductors; diodes, transistors, FET's, oscillators, op-amps, etc. This book is for the person who already knows basic AC/DC. Read more
Published on July 5 1998
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