Exactly. I struggled through 2 years of EE, waiting for the practical information that would compliment the amount of hands-on professional electronic work under my belt. Then a friend in physics took a half-term electronics course and they used this book. Eureka.
The book covers many areas of circuit design, from basic DC voltage, current, and resistance, to active filters and oscillators, to digital electronics, including microprocessors and digital bus interfacing. It also includes discussions of such often-neglected areas as high-frequency, high-speed design techniques and low-power applications.
The book includes many example circuits. In addition to having examples of good circuits, it also has examples of bad ideas, with discussions of what makes the good designs good and the bad ones bad. It can be described as a cross between a textbook and reference manual, though without the chapter-end questions and exercises which are often found in textbooks.
The Art of Electronics - Student manual with exercises, plastic comb binder by Thomas C. Hayes & Paul Horowitz - this is only for the 2nd Edition, the 3rd edition is not out yet, there is not ETA. This manual is both a guide and aid to users of The Art of Electronics. It is carefully organized to follow the chapters of the main text, providing extra explanatory notes, worked examples, solutions to selected exercises and laboratory exercises. Learning aids such as glossaries, reading assignments, objectives, data sheets and summaries are also included. The manual is a product of many years' teaching at Harvard University, which has given the authors direct knowledge of concepts that students find difficult. The extra explanatory detail makes this manual an essential purchase for students using The Art of Electronics. 1e1e36bf2d