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Introduction to Electric Circuits Hardcover – January 5, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470521571 ISBN-10: 0470521570 Edition: 8th

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  • Hardcover: 886 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 8 edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470521570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470521571
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Give Your Students Real-World Problem-Solving Skills!

As in earlier editions, the central theme of Introduction toElectric Circuits, 8th Edition, is the concept that electriccircuits are a part of the basic fabric of modern technology. Giventhis theme, this book endeavors to show how the analysis and designof electric circuits are inseparably intertwined with the abilityof the engineer to design complex electronic, communication,computer, and control systems as well as consumer products. Thisbook is designed for a one-to-three-term course in electriccircuits or linear circuit analysis, and is structured for maximumflexibility.

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  • Significantly increased use of computational software PSpiceand MATLAB.
  • Revisions made throughout the text to improve clarity.
  • The text contains 120 new problems, brining the total number tomore than 1,350. This edition uses a progression of problem typesthat range in difficulty.

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About the Author

Richard C. Dorf, professor of electrical and computerengineering at the University of California, Davis, teachesgraduate and undergraduate courses in electrical engineering in thefields of circuits and control systems. He earned a PhD inelectrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, anMS from the University of Colorado, and a BS from ClarksonUniversity. Highly concerned with the discipline of electricalengineering and its wide value to social and economic needs, he haswritten and lectured internationally on the contributions andadvances in electrical engineering.

Professor Dorf has extensive experience with education andindustry and is professionally active in the fields of robotics,automation, electric circuits, and communications. He has served asa visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, theMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and theUniversity of California at Berkeley.

A Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineersand the American Society for Engineering Education, Dr. Dorf iswidely know to the profession for his Modern Control Systems,eleventh edition (Prentice Hall, 2008) and The InternationalEncyclopedia of Robotics (Wiley, 1988). Dr. Dorf is also thecoauthor of Circuits, Devices and Systems (with Ralph Smith), fifthedition (Wiley, 1992). Dr. Dorf edited the widely used ElectricalEngineering Handbook, third edition (CRC Pres and IEEE press),published in 2008. His latest work is Technology Ventures, thirdedition (McGraw-Hill 2010).

James A. Svoboda is an associate professor electrical andcomputer engineering at Clarkson University, where he teachescourses on topics such as circuits, electronics, and computerprogramming. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from theUniversity of Wisconsin at Madison, an MS from the University ofColorado, and a BS from General Motors Institute.

Sophomore circuits is one of Professor Svoboda's favoritecourses. He has taught this course to 5,500 undergraduates atClarkson University over the past 30 years. In 1986, he receivedClarkson University's Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Svoboda has written several research papers describingthe advantages of using nullors to model electric circuits forcomputer analysis. He is interested in the way technology affectsengineering education and has developed several software packagesfor use in Sophomore Circuits.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By No Name on August 14, 2012
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The book follows a simplistic approach when introducing the material, but the problems are the end of the chapters are much more difficult. So difficult that I found the material was sometimes inadequate in providing any guidance at all. The problems by themselves can take quite some time, but when the material cannot be relied upon, this makes the simple task of doing homework a nightmare fraught with constant, "How do I handle such-and-such when such-and-such is like this...?" You of course flip pages in efforts to find an example of that little stumbling block, but to no avail.

Another issue with the book was typos. They're everywhere, and in some cases they're so obvious that it's amazing how they were overlooked. Things like improper units being used on graphs, examples being incorrect, etc... They were so common that the class began bringing up suspected typos to the instructor, which actually became a class activity. Yes, working out typos.

Aside from the spiking difficulty curve between the material and the problems, also the typos, the book is actually quite amazing. The material is presented neatly and stepped through slowly with a lot of in-depth information. The examples are very detailed. One problem that I had was the lack of perspective in telling the reader the applications in the real world for the circuit elements. For example, when introducing inductors, it says, "an inductor is a circuit element that stores energy in a magnetic field", and that's about it, we then go into equations and examples. No info on where you'd find inductors, their uses, etc... Now, I know what they're used for, but for those who don't bring such a background into the classroom, this can leave the reader feeling a little short. Then again Google can compensate for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blake on February 16, 2013
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This is a fantastic book that has a lot of great examples and problems. The only negative I have for this book is that it dose not have all of the answers to the problems but has one answer for every ten problems. If you are a student purchasing this book, try to find a solution manual.
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By Ashbrook on June 5, 2013
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The book provided adequate explanation of circuits, but the algebra seems convoluted if you don't read the information carefully. Moreover, the book doesn't focus too much on a matrix approach and relies to heavily on systems of equations. Granted, matrix methods do involve systems of equations, but the numbers can easily be inserted in a graphing calculator and solved using row-echelon form without necessarily using MATLAB code, but your preference is up to you. In addition, some of the problems from each chapter do require some thought and doing them will provide the student with a lot of insight, especially for exams. Overall, the book is a good buy and provides important key information and rules about how to solve practically any circuit. However, if I had the option to buy it again, I would purchase the pdf version.
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By Brandon on August 15, 2013
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Nothing wrong with amazon or anything. This book just sucks. It does not explain well and this class was difficult enough without the book having to make it worse. I used the book for homework on a daily basis and anytime I would try to read through to understand a topic I would have to read 6 times and then come to the conclusion its just not going to help. I used the book, I learned from friends and my professor and of course chegg. Not this book.
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By S on November 14, 2013
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Agree with other reviewers, the material is very dense and there are frequent errors. Many of the explanations are missing important steps (not just algebraic steps). Would not recommend buying this if its a required text (even if you are an EE major).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Karpinski on February 28, 2013
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I HAD to get this book for college because he reference the book to look over and our homework was from there.
The book does a sub-par job explaining topics. My biggest complaint is the "meat" of the book is how something was derived or the more complicated approach. It will fill about a full page of the integrals and derivatives used to find that equation or idea. While all you need to know is the equation.
My other complaint is the topics it teaches gives only about one or two examples for it and usually skip steps. Leaving you often lost and having to search other sources for help. The questions at the end of each chapter are much more difficult then what it prepares you for. I like to use this to explain it...
"It teaches you concept A, shows example... Teaches you concept B, shows simple example... The homework then has a problem that you must use Concept A with a special case of concept B integrated with it"
One big example is independent current and voltage sources.
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