Hi, thank you for submitting your question to Answers.Google, I hope I
can provide just the information you are seeking.
The answer to your need is just around the corner at the local Radio
Shack. OK, I know, but hear me out.
Forrest Mims, recipient of The Rolex Award for Armature Scientist of
the year, consultant to NASA, and the personal choice of the one
former Scientific American columnists to write the experimental column
in each issue, has written the definitive set of basic how-to books
for Tandy Corp.
These feature the parts available at Radio Shack, but those are
generic components and there is no need to restrict your purchases to
Radio Shack stores.
His books are mostly step-by-step, hands-on guides to building usable
circuits, exactly what you say you are looking for.
Forrest is one of the world?s premier armature scientists and has, for
example, developed a simple, hand-held device which measures the ozone
layer as well as massively-expensive NASA satellites. Although I know
Forrest, that isn?t my opinion, it is backed up by the fact that NASA
pays him to lecture their people.
In fact, Forrest showed NASA that their satellite readings were
erroneous and he became a consultant to NASA, The National Science
Teacher's Association, the Concord Consortium, Radio Shack and the
I suggest you look over his booklets at the local Radio Shack, then go
to Amazon.com to see more of his publications and pick the ones best
suited to your needs. You will probably want more than one to cover
all the topics you mention.
Forrest is not heavy on theory, he is a very practical writer which is
exactly what you asked about.
You can find impartial reviews of his books on Amazon, for example,
Some are negative which can be very informative, but you will note
that most are extremely positive.
Google search term: radio shack forrest mims
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Thank you again for turning to Answers.Google for help. Although I
know Forrest, I have no financial dealings with him and would not in
any way profit from anyone purchasing his books. I feel that, since
you can look at some in every Radio Shack, you can easily determine
for yourself it they are what you want but, it is my opinion thatthey
should exactly meet your stated needs.