Make: Electronics – Charles Platt – 1st Edition


This is teaching at its best!”

–Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world’s most successful integrated circuit), and author of Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man’s Encounter with the Electron (

“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

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  • Chapter 1 Experiencing Electricity
    Shopping List: Experiments 1 Through 5
    Experiment 1: Taste the Power!
    Experiment 2: Let’s Abuse a Battery!
    Experiment 3: Your First Circuit
    Experiment 4: Varying the Voltage
    Experiment 5: Let’s Make a Battery
    Chapter 2 Switching Basics and More
    Shopping List: Experiments 6 Through 11
    Experiment 6: Very Simple Switching
    Experiment 7: Relay-Driven LEDs
    Experiment 8: A Relay Oscillator
    Experiment 9: Time and Capacitors
    Experiment 10: Transistor Switching
    Experiment 11: A Modular Project
    Chapter 3 Getting Somewhat More Serious

    Shopping List: Experiments 12 Through 15

    Experiment 12: Joining Two Wires Together
    Experiment 13: Broil an LED
    Experiment 14: A Pulsing Glow
    Experiment 15: Intrusion Alarm Revisited
    Chapter 4 Chips, Ahoy!

    Shopping List: Experiments 16 Through 24
    Experiment 16: Emitting a Pulse
    Experiment 17: Set Your Tone
    Experiment 18: Reaction Timer
    Experiment 19: Learning Logic
    Experiment 20: A Powerful Combination
    Experiment 21: Race to Place
    Experiment 22: Flipping and Bouncing
    Experiment 23: Nice Dice
    Experiment 24: Intrusion Alarm Completed

    Chapter 5 What Next?
    Shopping List: Experiments 25 Through 36
    Customizing Your Work Area
    Reference Sources

    Experiment 25: Magnetism
    Experiment 26: Tabletop Power Generation
    Experiment 27: Loudspeaker Destruction
    Experiment 28: Making a Coil React
    Experiment 29: Filtering Frequencies
    Experiment 30: Fuzz
    Experiment 31: One Radio, No Solder, No Power
    Experiment 32: A Little Robot Cart
    Experiment 33: Moving in Steps
    Experiment 34: Hardware Meets Software
    Experiment 35: Checking the Real World
    Experiment 36: The Lock, Revisited
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