Hi, all...
I've been working my way through a book here and there to teach myself electronics. I was a dual major in Math & CS  CS pays the bills, the math sorta evaporated.
My first book was Grob's Basic Electronics, 8th Ed  because I found it cheap. I am able to go through this book and feel good about all the math I've done there.
Then I move on to Horowitz/Hill's "Art of Electronics" and it seems as if I jumped into another planet's classrooms. The math in there just isn't making sense half the time, no real steps between one line and the next, often. All whining aside...
Anyone have suggestions for another text or two that covers some of the math that H&H seems to presume everyone sees immediately?
By way of example: Chapter 1 , page 14, about Zener diodes. There's a simple regulator example in fig 1.14 and a few lines of equations after.
(Frustration with LaTex  firing up the scanner...)
The first fragment is Ohm's law, easy enough.
The second fragment I believe involves a bit of longforgotten calculus, but the gist is the same, we're just using smallchange (delta) values instead of absolute values.
The third fragment loses me entirely  Where is this stuff coming from? (I saw the Rdyn snippet on the previous page, but...) I'm just not seeing it.
So hopefully I can find a book that uses the math the way H&H do so I can make sense of their jumps from one thought train to another.
Any suggestions?
I've been working my way through a book here and there to teach myself electronics. I was a dual major in Math & CS  CS pays the bills, the math sorta evaporated.
My first book was Grob's Basic Electronics, 8th Ed  because I found it cheap. I am able to go through this book and feel good about all the math I've done there.
Then I move on to Horowitz/Hill's "Art of Electronics" and it seems as if I jumped into another planet's classrooms. The math in there just isn't making sense half the time, no real steps between one line and the next, often. All whining aside...
Anyone have suggestions for another text or two that covers some of the math that H&H seems to presume everyone sees immediately?
By way of example: Chapter 1 , page 14, about Zener diodes. There's a simple regulator example in fig 1.14 and a few lines of equations after.
(Frustration with LaTex  firing up the scanner...)
The first fragment is Ohm's law, easy enough.
The second fragment I believe involves a bit of longforgotten calculus, but the gist is the same, we're just using smallchange (delta) values instead of absolute values.
The third fragment loses me entirely  Where is this stuff coming from? (I saw the Rdyn snippet on the previous page, but...) I'm just not seeing it.
So hopefully I can find a book that uses the math the way H&H do so I can make sense of their jumps from one thought train to another.
Any suggestions?
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