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Fundamentals of Electric Circuits with CD-ROM [Hardcover]

by Charles K. Alexander, Matthew Sadiku
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January 31, 2003 007249350X 978-0072493504 2
Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, 2e is intended for use in the introductory circuit analysis or circuit theory course taught in electrical engineering or electrical engineering technology departments. The main objective of this book is to present circuit analysis in a clear, easy-to-understand manner, with many practical applications to interest the student.

Each chapter opens with either historical sketches or career information on a subdiscipline of electrical engineering. This is followed by an introduction that includes chapter objectives. Each chapter closes with a summary of the key points and formulas.

The authors present principles in an appealing and lucid step-by-step manner, carefully explaining each step. Important formulas are highlighted to help students sort out what is essential and what is not. Many pedagogical aids reinforce the concepts learned in the text so that students get comfortable with the various methods of analysis presented in the text.

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Dr. Charles K. Alexander (Athens, OH) is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ohio and served as the President and CEO of the IEEE from 1996-1999. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Series: McGraw-Hill Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 2 edition (January 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007249350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072493504
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,442,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Understandable First Book on Electric Circuits February 4, 2006
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Since the reviews for most of the other first Circuit Analysis books I could find were fairly uniform in their negative opinion on the understandability of those books, I was worried about this book. But, since the reviews of the previous version were very good, I thought I'd give it a try. Basically, I'm very impressed with it. Since I'm working through the book on my own without any peers or professors available to clarify things, the book I use HAS to be readable. This one is. The authors clearly explain almost everything (there are a few minor omissions of (non-core) material that the authors consider to be Intuitively Obvious to the Most Casual Observer (i.e., stuff they thought everyone would have run into from everyday life)). Within each section of each chapter, they immediately follow every concept with several Examples showing how to work with the material and Practice problems for the reader to do. So, if you don't immediately understand the theory, there are several applications available to help you along. At the end of the chapter, the book includes:

- A Summary of the material covered.

- Answered Review Questions.

- About 100 Exercises. These are broken up into sections so you know which ones require what material. The odd ones are answered at the back of the book.

- Comprehensive Exercises which use all the material covered.

In the Preface, the authors describe the book as:

"...[W]ritten for a two-semester or three-quarter course in linear circuit analysis.... It is broadly divided into three parts. Part 1, consisting of Chapters 1 to 8, is devoted to dc circuits.... Part 2, which contains Chapter 9 to 14, deals with ac circuits....
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent job for a circuit textbook June 4, 2005
Compared to other standard circuit textbooks which are available out there, this one has done an excellent job. It is written in a readable style that is so rare among textbooks in this field. The flow from topic to topic is straightforwardly continuous and the reading can even be very enjoyable (especially the introduction to each chapter). I very much wish there were more circuit textbooks written like this one, so that you can read and learn by yourself. But very unfortunately, most of them are extremely unreadable and so untransparent in their presentation of fundamental concepts (you only have to take a look at texts such as Nilsson or even Dorf). For this reason, I think, Alexander's book deserves even more credit.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Brandon
I don't know about Circuits books in German or French, but this one is by far the most educational circuits textbook written in English. The style is very student friendly, and in addition, the home work problems are very useful and pedagogically sound. (There are many texts which contain problems that are virtually unsolvable). I'm wondering how many engineering schools are already using this book? It certainly deserves a great degree of recognition, especially since the second edition (which has considerably improved) contains an interesting CD-ROM!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK June 29, 2004
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This is a very fine book. It explains the concepts very clearly and maybe used for signals too, when studying fourier and laplace transforms. The authors do a superb job and make challenging concepts sound easy for the student. Extremely organized and well prepared book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, with some minor problems June 27, 2006
Overall this is a really great book with lots of examples and good problems, however my complaint is that some of the problems haven't been covered in the examples and so they are too difficult to solve. For instance, in the chapter on node voltages, none of the examples covers floating voltage sources that have other components like resistors in series with them, yet a number of the problems involve such floating voltage sources. I had to refer to the Schaum's Outline of Basic Circuit Analysis (another very good book, btw) to find an example problem for that.

If you're looking for books on electric circuits, however, I would definitely recommend this one along with the Schaum's Outline book I mentioned above.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely worth trying out June 16, 2005
I guess I must have tried out quite a couple INTRODUCTORY textbooks on Electric Circuits (and stumbled on numerous utterly non-sensical ones). This text by Alexander is quite new and for an introductory text, EXTREMELY readable. Undergraduate students should definitely try this one out - even Freshmen with some algebra background can read themselves into this book. Although I haven't tried out the interactive CD yet, I must say, the educational quality is almost superb. Regarding learning how to solve circuit problems, texts might not get any better than this. Just read and follow one or two examples - and you'll realize it yourself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful July 15, 2005
This is probably the most useful engineering textbook I have on my shelf. Not only is it very easy to understand, but as a reference, I like it even better! The math is lucid, yet never overwhelming, and in addition, the problems are quite interesting. I highly recommend this book, rather than Nilsson's. (I think one of the Authors of this book has written/edited an EE handbook as well, which I am less familiar with. Maybe I'd check that one out too)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book has lots of problems to work
Other books go into better detail about circuit analysis, but this one has a ton of circuit analysis problems to work.
Published 8 days ago by Brihno
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
This book is really well written. My instructor (who was an awful teacher) had assigned us a different book, which was even more terrible than his lectures but I found this one... Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by UG_MechEng
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious Deal!
The conditions were great and I had no trouble dealing with the seller! Thank you so much.
Published on April 15, 2010 by Edwin Gonzalez
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book. Too many equations and not enough explanation.
This book is the book we use in our basic circuits class. This book is quite poor. There is way too much focus on derivations and not enough on simple text explanations. Read more
Published on April 12, 2010 by Angsuman Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Electrical Engineering textbook
Unfortunately there are a few typos with equations but I ditched our WVU university book and used this one and was able to easily follow the examples and to the hw problems and... Read more
Published on May 17, 2009 by Ramon Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
One of the best books ever written. If you want to master electric circuits, use this book along with Edminister's classic schaum's outline electric circuits. Read more
Published on November 13, 2008 by Srikumar Sandeep
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the fledgling student
After reading through a couple of chapters I got a good impression about the second edition of Fundamentals of Electric Circuits. The information really starts out at a base level. Read more
Published on January 1, 2008 by Paul Mosier
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book....covers alot
This book is pretty good...little or no mistakes. However, the authors could have gone into a little more detail in explaining basic concepts. All in all, this book is a must-have.
Published on November 8, 2007 by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Sadiku delivers again!
I've been familiar with the books from Sadiku on the subject of Electromagnetics (I didn't know about his Circuits book until recently). Read more
Published on November 9, 2006 by J. Colon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This book is very good for understanding some basic circuits concepts, but it does not discuss topics like sequential switching, unboudned response. Read more
Published on April 23, 2006 by aspiring EE
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