An electronics student’s reading list

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Female student in libraryAny electronics students at university might just now be wondering where all that time went. It only feels like a few weeks have passed since fresher’s week but yet, all of a sudden, the prospect of Christmas exams already seems to be bearing down on you.

If you study Electronics and Electrical Engineering then you might want to consider reading a few of these as an introduction to the course. Some of them are quite expensive so it might be worth finding them in your local library, or you could ask for them for Christmas (you lucky thing).

Most of these books are aimed at first year university students, but if you ever fancy brushing up on your basics then you can’t go far wrong with some of these titles.

Advanced Engineering Mathematics by K.A Stroud

This applied mathematics text is by far the most essential textbook on this list. It provides everything an undergraduate could ask for when covering advanced mathematics for any kind of engineering and science.

Quite a practical and technique-oriented book – Stroud is highly accessible for first time university students.

Analogue Electronics by T.E Price

For those who study or will be studying analogue electronics, this book provides a lot of good introductory material. There’s a good basic introduction to the diodes, transistors (bipolar and FET) and integrated circuits. Other chapters deal with frequency response, oscillators, filters, power supplies and the interface between analogue and digital.

Again the book comes with a practical edge with realistic worked examples.

Electrical & Electronic Systems by Neil storey

This is another good book for analogue electronics. A little more challenging than the Price book, this book provides a god grounding for further study especially for those looking to specialise in electronic and electrical engineering.

Laid out in a simple and comprehensive style, the first year university student will find an excellent introduction to their subject in this book.

C: How to Program by Deitel and Deitel

If you are a beginner to the C programming language and you are serious about learning it then this book is a must. It’s clearly written with students in mind and has a very clear style. The latter stages of the book also deal with C++ for those who want to take software development one step further.

‘Java, How to program’, also by the Deitel brothers, is another great introduction but this time to Java, if that’s the road you want to go down.

Digital Logic Design by Holdsworth

Admittedly, this one is a little boring, but for some students it will be incredibly useful. It has a tendency to get deeply (sometimes incomprehensively) involved in problems but if you truly want to understand digital logic then it is worth it. Topics include: K-Maps, Truth Tables, Solid State devices, Circuit Design, Gated Systems