Make: Electronics – Charles Platt – 1st Edition


This is teaching at its best!”

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 Computing and Making Things Talk

Want to learn the fundamentals of 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 . 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 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 cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstacles
Get clear, easy-to-understand explanations of what you’re doing and why

Table of Contents

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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