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Semiconductors and Modern Electronics

Chuck Winrich


Semiconductors and Modern Electronics is a brief introduction to the physics behind semiconductor technologies. Chuck Winrich explores the topic of semiconductors from a qualitative approach to understanding the theories and models used to explain semiconductor devices, which is intended to bring the advanced ideas behind semiconductors to a broader audience of students who will not major in physics. Applications of semiconductors are explored and understood through the models developed in the book. Much of the inspiration for this text comes from Winrich's experience teaching a general electronics course to students majoring in business. The goal of that class, and this work, is to bring forward the science behind semiconductors, and then to look at how that science affects the lives of people.

About Editors

Chuck Winrich teaches physics and astronomy at Babson College. He earned a BS in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an MS in astrophysics from Iowa State University, and an EdD in curriculum and teaching, focused on physics education, from Boston University. He has presented his work at National Science Teaching Association meetings and at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) meetings. He is a member of AAPT's Committee on History and Philosophy of Physics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1- Introduction

Chapter2- Review of circuits and conductors

Chapter 3- Early Semiconductors

Chapter 4- Band Theory

Chapter 5- Diodes and Solar Cells

Chapter 6- Transistors and Logic Circuits

Chapter 7- Development of semiconductors


Paperback ISBN: 9780750330022

Ebook ISBN: 9781643275895

DOI: 10.1088/2053-2571/ab2cc8

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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