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Electric Circuits (7th Edition) Hardcover – May 17, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0131465923 ISBN-10: 0131465929 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (May 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131465929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131465923
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This book is just that bad.
RoboNerd
Even worse, the text gave superficial examples that gave no hints on how to approach more difficult problems.
Angus Hsu
The book is organized very well.
Bradley Conte

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald J. Smith on June 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
reasons I wouldn't go with this book:

1. poor pedagogy, i.e., easy examples, but unsolvable problems

2. not necessarily very up-to-date, lacking in innovation, extremely old-fashioned

3. there are surely better written books on Circuits out there

e.g.: Alexander&Sadiku (which is an easy but great read), or Dorf (which is pretty decent)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joe Fink on August 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Anybody who buys this book should be aware of tons of very poorly designed homework problems in the 7th edition. Although the other features of this book are okay, it still is lacking in pedagogical relevance to the beginning student. Though the latter is to be the main audience. This is, in my personal view, very unfortunate
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angus Hsu on January 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The homework problems were absolute hell to solve, with tons of complicated algebra. Even worse, the text gave superficial examples that gave no hints on how to approach more difficult problems. My grade suffered in this class, partially because it did not focus on the fundamental circuit analysis. Don't expect this book to help you on exams!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By aspiring EE on April 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you are new to circuits, and don't have an amazing instructor, this book will make you work for hours just to finish a few problems in the exercises. The examples in the book are ridiculous, cause they are so easy. But wait till you get to the exercises, you will know. It is true, if you can learn to do the harder problems, easier ones will be no factor. But you NEED to learn first, and this book is in no way a self- teaching book. The ability of the writers to communicate with the readers is almost non existent here.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a review of the SEVENTH edition of "Electric Circuits" by Nilsson & Riedel. Amazon generally keeps reviews of previous editions combined with later editions and that can be quite confusing. For example, many of these reviews make a complaint that the book has no answers in the back. That may have been true in their edition, but for this, simply turn to Appendix G page 939 and many answers are provided for selected problems. The authors state that all text and problems in this edition have been triple checked for accuracy.

The student should come to this book with some familiarity with integral and differential calculus and an elementary course in physics. That will carry you through the first twelve chapters. For the last six chapters you will also need to have some facility with differential equations.

I found the book to be clearly written and the quantity of problems provided to be quite useful and helpful. It is by working with the material being learned that one gains facility and it sticks in the memory more permanently. Each chapter is laid out clearly with boxes of extra material as well as Assessing Objectives that help the student know if they have command of the principles being discussed. There is also a chapter summary and a series of problems. The book provides something like 1,000 problems for the student. Good illustrations, diagrams, and pictures to illustrate the text.

The book also comes with a limited student version of a commercial circuit design software package called PSpice using ORCAD 9.2. The manual says that the software is more menu driven and requires less programming than previous versions.

This is a very solid resource for students to use in coursework or for someone to work through on their own.
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By RoboNerd on October 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am currently taking a circuit course & this book makes it a pain! Everything is harder than it should be. It's a major frustration having to study with this book in my CIS class. I hate the author! Examples have skipped steps & sometimes I can't tell how the author came up with certain numbers in his examples. Honestly, I have read better circuit material in my experience.

To all those who have to deal with this book, I say "good luck!" Your gonna need it.

I mostly don't burn my textbooks after I'm done with them, but in this case, I'll make an exception. This book is just that bad.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Conte on January 9, 2008
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The book is organized very well. It's clear, uses appropriate boxes/highlighting, and succinct. It was more explanatory than my teacher was most of the time. Doesn't shirk from doing the math, but not too math-based.
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By Alexander Farrar on April 28, 2014
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What's there to say about a book required for school. It's not like you have a choice to rate something you're forced to read and never pickup again but it is what it is. Overall, though, it turned out useful.
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