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Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) [Paperback]

by Anant Agarwal, Jeffrey Lang
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Book Description

July 15, 2005 1558607358 978-1558607354 1
Unlike books currently on the market, this book attempts to satisfy two goals: combine circuits and electronics into a single, unified treatment, and establish a strong connection with the contemporary world of digital systems. It will introduce a new way of looking not only at the treatment of circuits, but also at the treatment of introductory coursework in engineering in general.
Using the concept of ''abstraction,'' the book attempts to form a bridge between the world of physics and the world of large computer systems. In particular, it attempts to unify electrical engineering and computer science as the art of creating and exploiting successive abstractions to manage the complexity of building useful electrical systems. Computer systems are simply one type of electrical systems.

+Balances circuits theory with practical digital electronics applications.
+Illustrates concepts with real devices.
+Supports the popular circuits and electronics course on the MIT OpenCourse Ware from which professionals worldwide study this new approach.
+Written by two educators well known for their innovative teaching and research and their collaboration with industry.
+Focuses on contemporary MOS technology.

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"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 [1] 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

Book Description

The only text to unify circuits and electronics.

Product Details

  • Series: The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design
  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (July 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558607358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558607354
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very refreshing introduction to fundamentals January 2, 2008
By Kishore
Format:Paperback
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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Electronics book April 4, 2009
Format:Paperback
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to circuits and electronics. March 18, 2012
By Jake
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a readable textbook! June 23, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a great supplement for 6002x MIT edx courses
I would like to praise the shippment and handling system Amazon have because I receive in a short time my book, I am from Zacatecas, México. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Arturo Tejada Salas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, and reads great on a Kindle as well
I agree with most of the positive reviews about this book. It is well written, comprehensive and understandable. Read more
Published 9 months ago by tagger9
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Fundamental Circuit Book
A Must-Read fundamental circuit analysis textbook with author's deep understandings in first and second order circuits etc. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Zhentao Du
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book
I have read this book earlier on site MIT - very useful book for everebody, who want to understand basic principles of electronic. Now I can read it without internet and computer/
Published 10 months ago by Ilja
5.0 out of 5 stars Just incredible
I am using this book along with the lectures on 6.002x on the edx website and find this a great companion. This book supplements the lectures immensely. Read more
Published 12 months ago by sriram
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and easy to follow! Have no regrets....
Best for me in reviewing electronics. No cons, for ALL books have their own weak points! These weak points are overcomed by the reader's desire to succeed... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Consumer 45
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book to learn about real world circuits
I took an online course through MIT on circuit analysis because it is a hobby of mine (I'm an engineer/full time nerd). The professor who taught the class wrote this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for course or self-study
I bought this because I was taking the 6.002x course from MIT, taught by Dr. Agarwal.

This is a very well-written textbook, with many examples and explanations that go... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book
This book provides clear understanding of electronic circuits and it is a textbook of an edx 6.002X course by MIT.
Published 13 months ago by Anatoliy Sova
4.0 out of 5 stars The book is average.
The book doesn't provide a sufficient amount of examples and how to do examples, It is very hard to understand the concept when there are no step by step guidelines on how to do a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Peter C.
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