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In an effort to better focus the material, make the best use of lab resources, and reduce book costs to students; a series of textbooks and laboratory manuals have been developed at MVCC for use in our Electrical Engineering Technology and related courses. These replace the formerly used materials which, in some cases, were over $200 each, in paperback. A description of the collection can be found here. The materials listed below are available to anyone, free of cost. The following titles are copyright by the author, Professor Jim Fiore, and use a Creative Commons license. The author thanks the MVCC community for their support of these projects. PDF is the ".pdf" portable document format version, ODT is the ".odt" open document text format which is editable by Open Office and other word/document processors, and PRINT links to Amazon for a printed copy at a very modest price. For e-book and other formats, consider using Calibre for conversions (see software links under OER From Other Sources below for descriptions, or just go here: Open Office  Calibre).

The works below are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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If you are enrolled in one of my courses, please see my home page for links to course pages which cover topic and lab schedules, assessment standards, homework assignments, problem sets, lecture notes, links to free supplement texts by other authors and the like. If you have difficulty accessing the files below, try using my main mirror site or my other mirror site. Links to course-specific OER (including software) created elsewhere can be found at the bottom of this page.


Texts, Lab Manuals and Workbooks


DC Electrical Circuit Analysis: A Practical Approach:  PDF   ODT   PRINT
AC Electrical Circuit Analysis: A Practical Approach:  PDF   ODT   PRINT
Semiconductor Devices: Theory & Application:  PDF   ODT   PRINT
Operational Amplifiers & Linear Integrated Circuits/3E:  PDF   ODT   PRINT 
Embedded Controllers using C and Arduino/2E: PDF   ODT   PRINT 

Laboratory Manual for DC Electrical Circuit Analysis:  PDF   ODT   PRINT 
Laboratory Manual for AC Electrical Circuit Analysis:  PDF   ODT   PRINT 
Laboratory Manual for Semiconductor Devices: Theory & Application:  PDF   ODT   PRINT 
Laboratory Manual for Operational Amplifiers & Linear Integrated Circuits/3E:  PDF  ODT   PRINT 
Laboratory Manual for Embedded Controllers using C and Arduino/2E:  PDF   ODT   PRINT  
Laboratory Manual for Computer Programming with Python and Multisim/3E: PDF   ODT   PRINT 
Laboratory Manual for Science of Sound:  PDF  ODT   PRINT 

The workbooks below are condensed versions of the DC and AC Circuit Analysis texts with roughly the same problem sets.
Workbook for DC Electrical Circuits:  PDF  ODT   PRINT 
Workbook for AC Electrical Circuits:  PDF  ODT   PRINT

For convenience, all print versions can be found on my author's page: www.amazon.com/author/jimfiore


There is a YouTube channel for videos supporting these texts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIU5C0flnD-4moI0AquYxxQ
It's a work-in-progress right now thanks to Covid-19.


Software

Sample Wrench is an extensive digital audio analysis and editing tool that runs under Windows. Formerly a commercial product for many years, I recently placed this as non-commercial redistributable freeware. It is useful for coursework in electronics, audio, acoustics, music production and the like. More information about it can be found here (these links will take you to my other site, dissidents.com). This software is used in PH106 Science of Sound and can be useful in AC circuits and electronics courses.



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Licenses vary across these titles but they are free for non-commerical use. Some use a Creative Commons license, some use the GNU Public License and some use other means. 



Books, Video and Similar (arranged by course)

General Information on Electricity and Electronics

On-line supplement covering AC and DC circuits, semiconductors, digital electronics and reference material: All About Circuits (www.allaboutcircuits.com)
A wikibook covering electricity and electronics:  https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Electronics
Here is an extensive collection of videos covering electricity and electronics by Peter Burton (over 100 videos averaging 10 minutes each): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjALws4XTgfLyNnvXnKPj-g/playlists
Here is another collection of videos on electricity and electronics by Jim Pytel: https://www.youtube.com/user/bigbadtech

ET151 Circuits 1
An alternate and free text is DC Circuits, available as PDF.

ET152 Circuits 2
An alternate and free text is AC Circuits, available as PDF.

ET154 Computer Programming
Python for Everybody. A nice introductory Python text. You can download this as a PDF, read it on-line as HTML or buy a print copy.

ET161 Linear Electronics and ET262 Operational Amplifiers
Principles of Electronics. Twenty six chapters covering basic semiconductors through introductory digital electronics. Each chapter is a separate pdf.
Electronics I and II from Analog Devices. Covers basic diodes through op amps. On-line HTML-based.

ET181 Digital Electronics 1
Digital Electronics 1 Laboratory Manual by Professor William Hunt, available in PDF or DOCX.

ET262 Operational Amplifiers
Analog Devices' Op Amp Applications Handbook.
Analog Devices' Linear Circuit Design Handbook.
Analog Devices' series of on-line Tutorials.
TI's Handbook of Operational Amplifier Applications.

PH106 Science of Sound
Texts: Sound, Physics and Music, Schmidt-Jones, via Open Stax. Acoustics via WikiBooks. The Acoustics text is at a traditional engineering level and is recommended for highly motivated students with a sufficient math background.



Software

Texas Instruments' free simulator, runs under Windows: TINA-TI (www.ti.com/tool/tina-ti)

Linear Technology's free simuator, runs under Windows: LT-SPICE (www.linear.com/designtools/software/)

5 Spice free simulator, runs under Windows: http://www.5spice.com

MicroCAP free simulator, runs under Windows: http://www.spectrum-soft.com/download/download.shtm

Soundcard Oscilloscope (Windows) uses your soundcard (mic/line input) to create a dual channel oscilloscope suitable for audio frequencies (sines below 20 kHz, square waves below a few kHz). There are other limitations set by the sound card, namely, a limit on the maximum input amplitude and potential issues of excessive loading due to the input impedance of the audio circuitry (probably just a few kilo ohms), but it's worth a look. Also generates sines and other waveforms via the soundcard output. You'll need to buy/make appropriate cables (typically computers use 1/8" stereo plugs). Free for educational use: https://www.zeitnitz.eu/Scope_en

You don't have to use MS Office. Here are two good office suites that include a word processor, spreadsheet, graphics, etc., and best of all, they're free, open and multi-platform (Windows, Linux, MacOS) :  http://www.openoffice.org/ and https://www.libreoffice.org/. I use Open Office for most of my work and it's the primary tool I used to create my OER texts.

Calibre is an extensive e-book format converter and manager. It is free, open source, and runs on Windows, Linux and MacOS. Convert your PDFs into Kindle, Nook, EPub, and other formats.

SciDAVis is an excellent, easy to use, free, multi-platform (Windows, Linux, MacOS) data plotting and visualization application.

Octave is a mathematical tool very similar to Matlab. It uses the GNU Public License and runs on Windows, Linux, MacOS and BSD. 

If you need graph paper for your courses, here is a utility that generates several different kinds of graph paper using your printer. It runs under Windows. This is a self-extracting zip file (about 400k): gpaper.exe You can also create your own graphpaper online. For three cycle semi-log landscape paper go to http://www.incompetech.com/graphpaper/logarithmic and set paper to other (11 x 8.5), x axis to 3 cycles, and y axis to linear. Try 4 lines per inch and include fine lines. Other kinds of paper are available also.

XnView is a graphics file viewer and editor. Free for non-commerical use, it is great for manipulating the image files that are generated by the digital sampling oscilloscopes in labs AB216, AB218, AB286, etc. (such as scaling, rotating, color inversion, etc. for insertion into lab reports). It's also good for doing screen captures so that you can grab the circuit and analysis windows of circuit simulators and insert them into reports. This is much more powerful than MS Paint.

You may wish to download this free "Virtual Minirator" sound generator software (Windows). This uses your computer's sound card to emulate an NTI Minirator (similar to what we have in lab). Useful for Circuits 2, Linear, Op Amps, Science of Sound, etc.

Python is used in ET154 Computer Programming. Powerful, free, and multi-platform.

Pelles C is a free C compiler used in ET283 Microprocessor Fundamentals. The Arduino software for this course is available here.


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