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i am a CS student i wanted to enter the field of "Internet Of Things", got a recommended book "Art of electronics" now my physics base is school level but my Calculus 1 is pretty rock solid so i have two options right now:

1> Read Feynman vol 1 & 2 and then start Art of electronics?

2> Just start Art of electronics along with Multi-variable calculus?

which option might help me get the core of electronics subject and most out of Art of electronics book? Since i do not know what electronics heavily rely on help from professionals is appreciated, thank you.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ i wanted to enter the field of "Internet Of Things" That is a very vague statement. What do you want to do there ? Why suddenly the interest in electronics while you're a CS student ? If you want to learn electronics, become an EE. Realize that you cannot learn "everything". Find a field you like and become an expert in it. You have already chosen CS. There are still many CS things you can do related to IOT. And btw, IOT is a hype now, it's never a good idea to invest too much into a hype. You better learn skills that you will also need in 10 years when IOT is old hat. \$\endgroup\$ – Bimpelrekkie Jun 17 '16 at 7:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ It depends on what kind of electronics you want to do. If you want to master this, you'd better know physics pretty well. If you only want to make digital stuff with some simple MCU, not much. I'm afraid this is off-topic anyway. \$\endgroup\$ – dim Jun 17 '16 at 7:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ okay i understand what you are saying but i wanted to understand micro-controllers and how they work...i am not talking about career wise, see i get lots of spare time like 6 hours and electronics was my hobby since childhood, but now i want to understand the core of it in my spare time so please if you can help? \$\endgroup\$ – Biological FSM Jun 17 '16 at 7:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ Then, you don't need to read any physics book yet. Read some tutorials about Arduino, that's what you want, I guess. \$\endgroup\$ – dim Jun 17 '16 at 7:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ i already did all of the stuff from arduino starter kit and some projects with arduino. \$\endgroup\$ – Biological FSM Jun 17 '16 at 7:35
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Option 3, start with the Horowitz. :-)

If you want to understand the "behind the scene" you need a lot of physics. You need some notions of modern physics, quantum mechanics, for understand Fermi Levels, tunnel effect, photodiode, etc.
If you want to have an idea you should take a look at "Milmann - Halkias", the opening chapters and chapter 19 (about solid state physics), or the venerable Sze "Physics of semiconductors devices".

But for became a maker (a good maker), in my humble opinion, you don't need so much. The "Art of Electronics" require a very small knowledge of physics and math, it has a very practical approach, intuitive, and could give you a robust preparation in design electronic circuit.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ yes i want to be "maker" so calculus 1 is sufficient for "Art of electronics"? \$\endgroup\$ – Biological FSM Jun 17 '16 at 7:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ You only need complex maths if you want to become an EE, for hobby stuff simple calculations usually suffice. So don't worry about it. \$\endgroup\$ – Bimpelrekkie Jun 17 '16 at 7:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @user3236961, FakeMoustache Paul responded well to you, I would just add that the book has an appendix with the mathematical knowledge needed, and you will see for yourself what is required. \$\endgroup\$ – Antonio Jun 17 '16 at 7:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Antonio i looked at the appendix and in the preface the author clearly stated that "for the sake of this book solid state physics explanations have been omitted" well that a relief. Complex math is okay with me, thanks \$\endgroup\$ – Biological FSM Jun 18 '16 at 6:10

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