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Series: The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design
Paperback: 1008 pages
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (July 15, 2005)
"The book issued by two professors at MIT is intended to initiate a new approach in presenting and developing analog and digital electronics. Traditionally, analog and digital elements and circuits are given in separate courses. Here, the authors want to show that in presenting both topics (analog and digital), a deeper insight of the real problems of the actual electronics is obtained."--Dumitru Stanomir (Bucuresti) "Elsevier, the academic publishing giant, announced  on Tuesday that it will offer a free version of one of its textbooks this fall to students who register for Circuits & Electronics, a massive open online course (MOOC) being offered by edX.The MIT Press text that benefited from a Coursera plug was co-written by Daphne Koller, the co-founder of Coursera. Similarly, the Elsevier textbook that will be featured this fall in Circuits & Electronics was co-written by Anant Agarwal, the president of edX."--Inside HigherEd "Elsevier announced its plan to provide free content through edX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) launched in May. Students who enroll in edX's course 6.002X: Circuits and Electronics will have free access to an online version of the course textbook, Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits, written by Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey Lang and published under Elsevier's Morgan Kaufmann imprint."--Information Today, Inc. "STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced plans to provide free content through edX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Students who enroll in edX's course 6.002X: Circuits and Electronics will have free access to an online version of the course textbook, Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits, written by Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey Lang and published under Elsevier's Morgan Kaufmann imprint."--KnowledgeSpeak "Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced its plan to provide free content through edX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) launched in May. Students who enroll in edX's course 6.002X: Circuits and Electronics will have free access to an online version of the course textbook, Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits, written by Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey Lang and published under Elsevier's Morgan Kaufmann imprint."--edX
I came across this book while searching for an introductory text to review my fundamentals. The book developed from an introductory course taught at MIT in electronic circuits. I like the coverage of topics in the book and the manner in which the authors have presented them. The best part is that the course webcast is freely available over the MIT's Open Course Ware initiative. I benefited most from listening to one of the authors lectures on the web and using this book as a text. End of chapter problems emphasize applications of the various abstractions the authors use which is very intuitive. There are zillions of circuit theory books in the market but all of them just deal with the concept and circuit techniques. This book develops the concept and encourages the reader to think about the various simplifications and assumptions that have been made in circuits and systems theory and their domains of existence. Again, the best way this book can be put to use is to listen to the accompanying webcast lectures and take the "virtual course" on MIT OCW website. Don't forget to leave a small donation if you like the contents of the course so institutions like MIT can continue to open up their resources to the general public.
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If you have seen Agarwal lecture at MIT, you know the man is pretty darn good at what he does. This book, lived upto the standards. IT's like the bible of under-graduate electronics. I have read other books here and there. If you get this one with Art of Electronics...you can build yourself, any electronics gadget (almost any). I treasure this with all my life, although I am not a EE person!
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Many have aspired, but few have succeeded providing a truly top-notch introduction to circuits. Agarwal and Lang, of MIT, hit a home run with this comprehensive introduction, tailor-made for students. The text links theory to everyday applications. So often in college level texts, authors dwell on theory but leave the reader starved for applications. How can I apply this stuff? Why do I need it? These questions are answered in "Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits."
The book clearly and concisely educates the reader not only in circuits, but in application of circuit theory to electronics, both analog and digital. The book is complete with solved exercises and answers to select chapter problems. I just can't praise this book enough.
One word of caution. There are substandard prints of this book available from sellers outside Amazon. I bought a second copy for a friend thinking it was an original run from the publisher. It wasn't in color, had publisher's pages missing from the front, had a couple pages stuck together, and didn't meet the high standards of binding from the publisher. I suggest you ask before you buy used copies from sellers other than Amazon.
Please hit the "I'd like to read this book on Kindle" button, if appropriate. There is a PDF version available from a competitor, but their e-reader required for download has received terrible reviews (crashes, poor performance, no book mark, etc.). It's the same price as the hard copy from Amazon.
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The title, "Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits" is, above all, truth in advertising, and I mean that in a good way. I took the recent online version of the MIT 6.002 and this was the textbook. It starts with the basics: Ohm's Law, Kirchoff's Laws, works its way into RC, RL, and RLC circuits, time constants, Q factor, and of course the differential equations governing them. The good news is that it skips Laplace Transforms (which most of us forget ten minutes after graduation anyway) and nicely bridges the gap between differential equations used in the time diomain and solving circuits in the frequency domain using impedances (s = jw).
The text also delves into basic transistor level design using MOSFETs (CMOS), which are prevalent in digital design, and bipolar devices, which are still used in analog design. MOSFETs are covered starting with the Switched Resistor model and finally for all regions of operation. The text pulls everything together when you start calculating circuit on and off switching times, pulling together the material covered on RC circuits and MOSFETs plus calculating the energy consumed. (Yes, minimizing power consumption is a big thing in the world of chip design and the authors make you aware of it.) When you're done you'll be able to bias a transistor and calculate the circuits small and large signal gain.
The material assumes a basic knowledge of calculus, including some differential equations, along with some basic complex analysis. The course is available online from MIT as open courseware and is also available for download via iTunes University. The math isn't too ghastly and there are several Internet sites that provide tutorials on what's needed plus there's an Appendix in the text.
Disclaimer: I might be a slightly biased MIT alumni who is also a working EE.
This book reflects a very practical approach to teaching the foundations of analog and digital electronic circuits, one which makes the process of learning them so much more exciting. The theory, which is clearly explained, delivers a solid analytical backdrop to its practical real-world applications.
The authors demonstrate how one step of the analysis leads to another, why things are best done a certain way, and how you can avoid nasty gotchas. Not only does the book explain how to solve a specific problem but it also shows how to find the most efficient route to the solution you are looking for. It says things like "we could just solve the whole network for each value of R3, but a simpler approach is to find..." (page 171) or "there are several ways to make the calculations, so it pays to examine the possibilities and choose the easiest route", then it goes on to explain what works and why.
While node analysis, Kirchhoff's Voltage Law (KVL) & Kirchhoff's Current Law (KCL) are the bread-&-butter tools in this book, you'll also dive into how not to bang your head against too many variables. It often proves to be a lot smarter to also use approaches like Thevenin (e.g. pages 157-167, 171-189, 433-435, etc.) and Norton (pages 167-171) to get to your solutions in a breeze without missing a beat.
Being pragmatic about the selection and presentation of the material clearly pays off in the amount of time you're required to invest in learning it. Before you know it, you'll be designing logic gates, calculating the frequency response of circuits, plotting resonant functions, designing filters, inverting operational amplifiers, and so on.Read more ›
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