Amp up your knowledge of electronics by deconstructing common
devices and analyzing the revealed components and circuitry.
How Electronics Work by Taking Them Apart contains 14
projects that expose the inner workings of household appliances,
workbench measuring instruments, and musical equipment.
Discover how resistors,
capacitors, sensors, transducers, and transistors function in real
You'll even get details on custom modifications to electric
guitar pickups, an effects pedal, and a tube amp.
Essential instructions for safely launching your own teardowns
are also included in this hands-on guide.
- Learn about sensors and ICs from smoke detectors and
- Work with the LCD and strain gauge transducers in a
- Discover how surge protectors, power conditioners,
and UPS units function
- Study thermal design techniques in compact
- Analyze the control systems in ultrasonic
humidifiers and digital thermometers
- Understand how op amps and power ICs work in a hi-fi
- Figure out how ultrasonic transducers work in a
laser-guided measuring device
- Explore electric guitar pickups, effects pedals, and
Part I: Around the Home;
Chapter 1. Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm;
Chapter 2. Motion Activated LED Light;
Chapter 3. Digital Bathroom Scale;
Chapter 4. Surge Protective Devices;
Chapter 5. Electronic Pedometer;
Chapter 6. Compact Fluorescent(CF) Lamp;
Chapter 7. Ultrasonic Humidifier;
Chapter 8. Digital Hygro-Thermometer;
Chapter 9. Stereo Power Amplifier;
Part II: For Tinkerers;
Chapter 10. Analog Volt-Ohm-Meter;
Chapter 11. Laser-Guided Sonic Distance Measurer;
Part III: For Musicians;
Chapter 12. Electric Guitar;
Chapter 13. Effects Pedal;
Chapter 14. Vacuum Tube Guitar Amplifier;
Part IV: Appendixes;
Appendix A. Component Markings;
Appendix B. Resources;
Bryan Bergeron is editor of Nuts & Volts Magazine
and Servo Magazine, the author of several hundred articles,
and two dozen books, and owner of several patents.
He teaches in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and
Technology. Bryan's company, Archetype Technologies, Inc., develops
intelligent systems in the military.