For sophomore-level course in Electronic Communications.

Written by a technician for technicians, this text fills the gap between communications texts that are either highly mathematical (suitable for engineers) or technically weak (not enough detail for technical students). Using an algebra-based approach that does NOT sacrifice depth of coverage, it uses plain language and an abundance of examples and case studies to explore real circuits, systems, and their troubleshooting.

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Features

Accessible—First explains each concept in plain language; then carefully develops it technically step-by-step. Makes every attempt to build on students already broad base of everyday experience.
Provides students with a bridge from the familiar to the unfamiliar.
Algebra-based approach—Only basic algebra skills are needed to work most of the problems in the text. Some basic trigonometry is only required in the chapter on Fiber Optics.
A real-world approach illustrates that advanced mathematics are not required to understand electronic systems.
Carefully graded examples—Develops complex ideas in a controlled fashion. Each new concept is supported by at least one example, and examples follow a progression from simple to challenging—always emphasizing fundamental ideas.
Instructs instead of overwhelms students. Students are able to solve more problems successfully in a study session, and to depend less on the instructor.
Real-world case studies—Integrated throughout the text.
Shows students how topics apply in real-life situations likely to be encountered on the job.
Real circuits, systems, and their troubleshooting—Presents a systematic, three-step, industry-standard method of troubleshooting, and discusses necessary safety procedures where needed.
Student learns techniques that work in the real world (including the laboratory).
Recent developments—Including the latest frequency synthesis methods.
Student gains current working knowledge of systems.
Instructors CD Supplement.
Instructor can do real signal analysis in the classroom without the use of expensive lab equipment.

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Table of Contents

1. Communication Systems.
2. Signal Analysis.
3. Amplitude Modulation.
4. AM Transmitters.
5. AM Receivers.
6. Single Sideband Systems.
7. Systems for Frequency Generation.
8. Frequency Modulation: Transmission.
9. FM Receivers.
10. Television.
11. Transmission Lines.
12. Antennas and Wave Propagation.
13. Microwave Communication Systems.
14. Introduction to Data Communications.
15. The Global Positioning System.
16. Fiber-Optic and Laser Technology.
Appendix: Decibels.
Glossary.
Index.