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Fundamentals of Electric Circuits with CD-ROM Hardcover – January 31, 2003

ISBN-13: 063-9785503873 ISBN-10: 007249350X Edition: 2nd

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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: #1,411,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I highly recommend this book, rather than Nilsson's.
August Schmidt
For this reason, I think, Alexander's book deserves even more credit.
ohio undergrad
The book is very easy to read and the examples are very illustrative.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David A. Lessnau on 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 By ohio undergrad on June 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 on July 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on 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 By Varun Rahimtoola on June 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 By Donald J. Smith on June 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 By August Schmidt on July 15, 2005
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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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