# Are there any books with circuit puzzles

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I don't want online sources, I would like to know if there are any books which have circuit puzzles I can solve starting from basics on upwards to more and more complex circuits. I'm talking analog circuits here with resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors, op amps....etc.. as I'm fundamentally weak analog.

Thanks

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I don't quite know what you mean by "circuit puzzles".

You could just find beginners books, and look at the schematics before reading the accompanying text. Try to figure out what is going on, and if there are bits you don't understand, use a reference book to look things up.

When I got interested in electronics as a hobby, I went through all the books on the topic at the children's library, which in retrospect were more electrical books than electronics. Then I discovered the hobby electronic magazines, and I worked on those. At first, none of it made sense, but as I continued reading, I picked up lots. I sure didn't read theory books first in anticipation of understanding, I tried to understand from the hands on stuff I was looking at. Obviously I did pick up theory books eventually, but again that was more to fill in based on what I was interested in rather than reading in order to do more.

The magazines are mostly gone, but the books that are introductory with lots of projects could fill the void.

Look at schematics, and form questions, "what does that resistor do?" and use the question to track down answers.

The raw material of the schematics is useful for picking up common useage ("schematics usually read from left to right, just like words", "ground is a simple way of showing a common return point without drawing lines all over the schematic"). The more you look over, the more you will pick up.

And yes, you'll learn that a well drawn schematic helps to follow the circuitry. If it's a jumble, you really can't tell what's going on, but if the schematic is well laid out with the start at the left and the end at the right, it does make a lot more sense.

Michael

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My engineering college "Circuit Analysis" text book was full of them - some easy, some very challenging. These college texts a bit expensive for a puzzle book, but it sounds like what you're looking for. Let me know if you're interested and I'll give you the full title, ISBN, etc.

BRW

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That's true, but Nuts & Volts is still a great circuits magazine. I often read an article that interests me, and there's a circuit in it that I can't quite figure out. As the geek I am, I'm driven to work it out.

BRW

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To me, circuit puzzles are exercises when I go along an electronics text book. There are many exercuses that you can do when you've completed a chapter. Most need a calculator and some refering back to the text you've just read. Books like "The Art of Electronics" by Horowitz and Hill, "Electronics" by D.C. Green are just some examples.

If you're looking for a book like the cross-word puzzles book you use it for passing time while you're in a train, I have never seen one for the subject of electronics before. Maybe it's a good idea for some eletronics experts to came out with one - elementary, intermediate and advanced versions.

Allen

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I think a decent text will provide exactly what you are looking for, with the added benefit of supporting explanations.

Many people find the various texts by Floyd to be easy to understand as well as thorough. I recommend "Principles of Electric Circuits" sixth edition by Floyd. These are available used for as little as \$1.50 plus \$3-4 shipping.

Floyd has written some other excellent texts such as "Electronic Devices" 3rd edition covering transistors, op-amps, etc. Also available used.

You may want to look for the "electron flow" versions of his texts.

Try Abebooks.com.

Good luck.

Chuck

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Many people recommend "The Art of Electronics" by Paul Horowitz and Winfield (Win) Hill. Win actually participates in the groups from time to time. :-)

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(I'm not getting a kickback, I just like the book. ;-) )

Good Luck! Rich

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The implied puzzles at the end of each chapter (the circuits that have something wrong with them) are something I enjoy.

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To clarify what I'm asking for here... I would like something with schematic puzzles and nothing else in there. Not a ton of theory or stuff. I already have the Art of Electronics and other electronic textbooks.

I would like a book with puzzles like these, preferably starting from simple puzzles with resistors in series/parallel and ending off with more and more complex analog topics.

See here for an example of what I'm talking about when I say "circuit puzzles":

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Is there any book out there like that with puzzles and hopefully solutions to the puzzles. Thanks.

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I think some good key words to use to search for these "puzzles" is [solved problems basic electronics].

For instance:

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You might have to write one. ;-)

Good Luck! Rich

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