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Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, 5th edition [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Sadiku , Charles Alexander
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0073380571
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Alexander and Sadiku's fifth edition of Fundamentals of Electric Circuits continues in the spirit of its successful previous editions, with the objective of presenting circuit analysis in a manner that is clearer, more interesting, and easier to understand than other, more traditional texts. Students are introduced to the sound, six-step problem solving methodology in chapter one, and are consistently made to apply and practice these steps in practice problems and homework problems throughout the text. A balance of theory, worked examples and extended examples, practice problems, and real-world applications, combined with over 468 new or changed homework problems for the fifth edition and robust media offerings, renders the fifth edition the most comprehensive and student-friendly approach to linear circuit analysis. This edition retains the Design a Problem feature which helps students develop their design skills by having the student develop the question as well as the solution. There are over 100 Design a Problem exercises integrated into the problem sets in the book.


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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.

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  • File Size: 45258 KB
  • Print Length: 992 pages
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  • Publisher: Science Engineering & Math; 5 edition (July 1, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disaster February 13, 2013
By Bamazon
Format:Hardcover
This book would be great if it weren't for all of the mistakes in the solutions, so instead it is complete garbage. I have wasted hours trying to figure out why my answer is wrong when really they just didn't put the correct answer at the end of the problem. Our circuits teacher sends out warnings every few days that there is a mistake in the book. This is criminal, especially for a fifth edition (which FYI is exactly the same as the fourth edition, save yourself some money). There are several mistakes in each chapter.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introductory/recap book! June 23, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a student who has just entered the vast world of electrical engineering, its essential to develop a strong foundation in circuits and systems to progress further. This book is a major catalyst in doing so. Lot of the times we read a bunch of theory which we think we understand and then move on to the examples to test ourselves but we find it quite a struggle. It isn't the case with this book. First of all, the theory is explained very concisely with a plethora of diagrams, followed by examples with thorough explanations'. I've found from past experience that the theory may have been explained to a reasonable degree but the following worked examples were quite simple with a whole lot of math with very little explanation. Because I couldn't see the theory being put in practice well enough, I struggled to solve the end-of-chapter exercises ending up with knowledge falling short of the acceptable threshold, this is the key. In this book the worked examples aren't that simple, but it isn't too difficult to follow particularly because they're explained very well, making the end-of-chapter exercises manageable.

I had lecturers who throughout the semester, didn't get the concepts across that easily which generally means you're in a lot of trouble, but I had this book so I was never in any danger, and so, I recommend this book to anyone starting in electrical engineering, or for a refresher!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Only Equations and Examples May 5, 2013
By APK
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This book is filled with nothing but equations and examples. I have observed up to 10 equations on a single page with little explanation. The reading does not flow well from one paragraph to another and will commonly drop considerably unrelated material into following paragraphs. Example of this is when discussing the polarity of a transformer, then suddenly throwing equations in regarding power in a transformer after one sentence.

I must also mention the lack of theory in this text. It is typical for two or three items to be listed referring to the orientation of polarities or currents without explanation of why they exist that way. Equations listed are also described in a similar manner. One point summarizes an equations stating, "The positive sign is selected for the mutual term if both currents enter or leave the dotted terminals of the coils; the negative sign is selectedotherwise." This statement is accompanied by figures and equations but no reason for why it is true is provided.

I have had to spend more time working through this book because of the reasons listed then I think is rational. Try to find another book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor practice problems February 10, 2014
By Jon K
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
To be fair, my class really only used this book for example problems and practice problems. That being said, I spent much time in each chapter reading through and trying to learn the material to after class in order to do the practice problems. The book introduces multiple changes at once between many examples and corresponding practice problems. This makes for an extremely convoluted learning curve as the student isn't actually solving what he or she just learned--the student is often solving a much more vague and difficult concept than what was just introduced in the text and example. That, paired with the fact that many solutions in the book are incorrect makes this book, in my opinion, not worth the money. My troubles with the practice problems (from which all of my homework came) really made my circuits class hell.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Ssound
Format:Hardcover
Some books are very complex or poorly written so you cant understand a thing, or have unsolveable excercises, for example "Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis" by Irwin, "Electric Circuits" by Nilsson/Riedel, or even Dorf!

Other books are very well written but they wont go very deep like "Principles of Electric Circuits" by Floyd, or "Introductory Circuit Analysis" by Boylestad, for instance they will skip the laplace transform, differential equations to solve RLC circuits, etc...

This book has it all, it has a good level of difficulty/depth yet it is very well explained, the authors really seem to be real teachers and educators trying to help the student, rather than EE rockstars trying to display their expertise.

From many books Ive consulted in the past, this is by far the best so far, I can really understand what the authors are trying to say without over simplifying a topic.

The only issue I have with this book (as with many others) is that some of the drill excercises do seem to be way more complicated than whats covered in the theory or sample excercises. I understand that the authors do this to force the student to go the extra mile, but sometimes I spend a very long time in a problem just because it seems to be beyond the reach of what was covered in the chapter of the book. Yet I must say that not all of the problems are like this.

I highly recommend this book
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