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The subject of this guide is one which receives only token acknowledgment in texts on basic electricity and electronics. Such books go into details about the various circuits and equipment arrangements which can be made from resistors, capacitors, inductors, and transformers; however, when the reader comes to use these components in building a unit of equipment or test apparatus, he too often is confused by the large array of component types available from supply houses. When he refers to the manufacturers' catalogs, he finds that to make distinctions between the various types requires knowledge of the practical meaning of many different definitions specifications, and special features.
It is the purpose of this guide to inform the reader about the various factors of importance in selecting a resistor, capacitor, inductor, or transformer and to acquaint him with the various types of available components and their special features. No attempt is made to review material already ably explained in the many excellent books on the subject of basic electricity and electronics.
Instead, this guide is intended to be used as a components handbook in conjunction with those texts. The guide contains numerous tables and descriptions of the components that are commercially available. The miniaturized components used in transistor-type equipment are included in these surveys, and they receive special consideration when unusual features are involved.
The author offers his grateful acknowledgment to the many dozens of manufacturers who contributed technical information and illustrations for use in this guide.
DAVID MARK, Stamford, Connecticut September, 1959.
Also see: Electronic Experimenter's Manual (1959)