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Digital Electronics, 1st Edition

  • Robert Dueck
  • Ken Reid
  • ISBN-10: 1439060002
  • ISBN-13: 9781439060001
  • 608 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

DIGITAL ELECTRONICS offers a comprehensive, computer-supported introduction to digital electronics, from basic electrical theory and digital logic to hands-on, high-tech applications. Designed to support Project Lead the Way®'s (PLTW) innovative Digital Electronics (DE) curriculum, this dynamic text prepares students for college and career success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The text introduces core concepts such as electrical shop practices and electrical theory, enables students to gain confidence by exploring key principles and applying their knowledge, and helps develop sophisticated skills in circuit analysis, design, and troubleshooting. Many of the text's abundant examples and exercises support the use of Multisim™, allowing students to visualize and analyze circuits—including combinational and sequential circuits—before constructing them. In addition, a variety of proven learning tools make mastering the material easier, including self-check problems in every chapter, "Bring it Home" questions to solidify core concepts, and challenging "Extra Mile" problems to help students deepen their understanding and hone their skills. As an integrated part of your PLTW program or a stand-alone classroom resource, DIGITAL ELECTRONICS is an ideal choice to support your students' STEM success.


  • Complements Project Lead the Way's Digital Electronics (DE) curriculum allowing for simple, effective integration within an existing program.

  • Provides a thorough introduction to digital electronics, with step-by-step coverage of basic electrical theory; shop practices; digital, combinational, and sequential logic; circuit analysis, design, and construction; digital memory devices; and digital systems.

  • Notes in the page margins offer convenient reference points to help students easily find and review material.

  • Numerous MultisimTM examples allow students to visualize the operation of a circuit before it is physically constructed.

  • Basic problems and exercises support effective learning and more challenging problems encourage critical thinking and mastery of key concepts and skills.

About the Author

Robert Dueck

Robert Dueck received his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and worked for several years as a design engineer at Motorola Canada in Toronto. He began teaching in 1986, specializing in digital and microcomputer subjects in the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology programs at Seneca College in Toronto. His first book, Fundamentals of Digital Electronics, was published in 1994, and he has written several additional textbooks. He now teaches digital electronics and related courses at Red River College in Winnipeg. Mr. Dueck is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He served as chair of the Winnipeg Section of IEEE in 2002 and was branch counselor of the Red River College Student Branch from 1997-2006.

Ken Reid

Ken Reid received his B.S. degree in computer and electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1988 and his M.S.E.E. degree in 1994 from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He was also one of the first in the nation to receive his Ph.D. in engineering education from Purdue University in 2009. Prior to beginning his teaching career in 1996, he worked for the U.S. Navy in electronics manufacturing research. In addition to publishing and presenting in the field, Dr. Reid has extensive experience in teaching digital electronics and computer programming, and he is currently Director of Freshman Engineering at Ohio Northern University. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is active in the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Table of Contents

Electrical Safety. Working with Electricity. Static Electricity. Voltage and Current in Electronics. Other Safety Issues. Component identification. Resistors. Capacitors. Electronic Assemblies. Solder. Soldering. Quality Solder Connections.
SI notation. Atomic Structure. Atoms and Electricity. Voltage, Current, and Resistance. Conductors and Insulators. Ohm's Law. Kirchhoff's Voltage and Current Laws. Breadboarding. Circuit Design Software.
Digital vs. Analog Electronics. Digital Logic Levels. The Binary Number System. Positional Notation. Binary Inputs. Decimal-to-Binary Conversion. Sum of Powers of 2. Repeated Division by 2. Hexadecimal Numbers. Counting in Hexadecimal. Hexadecimal-to-Decimal Conversion. Decimal-to-Hexadecimal Conversion. Sum of Weighted Hexadecimal Digits. Conversions Between Hexadecimal and Binary. Digital Waveforms. Periodic Waveforms. Aperiodic Waveforms. Pulse Waveforms.
Basic Logic Functions. NOT, AND, and OR Functions. NOT Function. AND Function. OR Function. Active Levels. Derived Logic Functions. NAND and NOR Functions. Expanding NAND and NOR Functions. NAND and NOR Gates as Inverters. Exclusive OR and Exclusive NOR Functions. DeMorgan's Theorems and Gate Equivalence. Logic Switches and LED Indicators. Logic Switches. LED Indicators. Enable and Inhibit Properties of Logic Gates. AND and OR Gates. NAND and NOR Gates. Exclusive OR and Exclusive NOR Gates. Tristate Buffers. Octal Tristate Buffers. Integrated Circuit Logic Gates.
Boolean Expressions, Logic Diagrams, and Truth Tables. Boolean Expressions from Logic Diagrams. Logic Diagrams from Boolean Expressions. Truth Tables from Logic Diagrams or Boolean Expressions. Sum-of-Products (SOP) and Product-of-Sums (POS) Forms. Simplifying SOP Expressions. Reducing Product Terms by Factoring and Cancellation. Reusing Product Terms. Avoiding Redundant Terms. Simplification by the Karnaugh Map Method. Two-Variable Map. Three- and Four-Variable Maps. Grouping Cells Along Outside Edges. Loading a K-Map from a Truth Table. Multiple Groups. Overlapping Groups. Conditions for Maximum Simplification. Don't Care States. Simplification by DeMorgan Equivalent Gates. A General Approach to Logic Circuit Design.
Decoders. AND and NAND Gates as Decoders. Binary Decoders. Seven Segment Decoders. Encoders. Priority Encoders. Multiplexers. Demultiplexers. Parity Generators and Checkers. Troubleshooting Combinational Logic Functions.
Binary Sums and Differences. Signed Binary Numbers. Two's Complement Arithmetic. Half and Full Adders. Parallel Binary Adders. Two's Complement Adder/Subtractor.
Problem-Solving Techniques. Sample Application: a Small Calculator. Components of the Calculator. Troubleshooting.
SR Latches. NAND and NOR Latches. D-type Latches. Edge-Triggered D Flip-Flops. Edge-Triggered JK Flip-Flops.
Basic Concepts of Digital Counters. Full-Sequence Binary Counters. Truncated-Sequence (Modulus) Counters. Asynchronous Counters. Flip-Flop-based Asynchronous counters. MSI Asynchronous Counters. Synchronous Counters. Flip-Flop-based Synchronous counters. Auxiliary Functions: Load, Clear, Direction (Up/Down). MSI Synchronous Counters. Predesigned Counters for PLDs.
State Machines. Moore Machines. Mealy Machines. State Machines with No Control Inputs. State Machines with Control Inputs. Designing a Single-Pulse Generator. Traffic Light Controller.
Appendix A: Multisim™, Xilinx®, and Altera® Tutorials.
What is a Programmable Logic Device? Multisim™ Tutorial. Xilinx Tutorial®. Altera Tutorial®.


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Instructor's Resource  (ISBN-10: 1439059977 | ISBN-13: 9781439059975)

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