Microelectronic Circuits: includes CD-ROM (The Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering) 5th Edition

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"An amazingly thorough, comprehensive textbook/reference for electronics."--Robert D. Adams, University of Alabama, Huntsville

"Best book ever published in electronics."--Farzan Aminian, Trinity University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Adel S. Sedra is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo and former Provost of the University of Toronto.
Kenneth C. Smith (KC) is Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Information Studies at the University of Toronto.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Hardcover: 1392 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 5 edition (November 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195142519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195142518
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ahmed K. Atwa on January 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In my theory the reason behind the great success of this book is that it is written for students in the way students like! As a matter of fact, learning from Sedra might be as tedious or maybe impossible as learning Greek from a Spanish text assuming that you know neither! It starts with bode plots and Op-amps. If you really have no idea about the very basic circuits and circuits' analysis (mesh analysis and node analysis) you will have a big trouble reading this book!

The text assumes that you understand the theory of operation of the reactive components and how for e.g. the RLC different configurations really work. Surly, if you are already familiar with the basic concepts of circuits' analysis you will find yourself enjoying the time all through the text.

However, the text is thorough by nature as it covers Op-amps, basic electronics (p-n junction and transistors), analog electronics and lastly digital electronics. Not every thing is perfect and ideal just like every text. Needless to say it is written by a human!

As a student, this text has a huge number of `solved' problems and exercises for you to practice which is preferred by students as it is the best way to check their understanding of concepts.

The Op-amps are thoroughly covered in the very beginning of the text which might not be preferred by those die hard bottom to up students. Despite the fact that Op-amps are not relevant before the analog electronics part it gives the reader motivation to go further in the subject.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Aphysicist on March 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have tried my best to use this book as my primary textbook for introductory electronics. Unfortunately, my frustration with this book is still about the same. Every chapter or section starts out very clearly and seems to make perfect sense. But all of a sudden an avalanche of new information follwos in the form of (step-by-step)analysis and (tips) that no beginner student can possibly find intuitive. I got somethings out of this book, but only the very basic concepts. Advanced concepts are not covered with the biginner student in mind. Recently, I have come across the book by P.R. Gray and R.G. Meyer. Supposedly that is a higer level book than Sedra's. But it actually makes much more sense to me than "Microelectronic Circuits". I think it's much more structured,and geared toward developing the true understanding that a designer needs. I still use Sedra's book as a reference, however, every now and then.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was excited with this book. Some people told me it's a classic microelectronics textbook, yet I found a glaring deficiency in this book - the lack of in depth explanation and examples. The text material is clear and pretty fun read, but it gives a false sense of security that you understand the subject. And when the homework problems tell you that you don't fully understand the topic, the text does not help much in further understanding. I feel like the book is laughing at me now (you don't understand the concept, and I won't explain it to you, hahaha!). Bad book with an attitude problem! =)
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Authors try too hard in explaining the basics, but are too lazy to explain the more "challenging", more practical topics. Beware of words like thus, obviously, etc. which are used as an excuse to not explain things. Like, you'll be reminded constantly that Vbe ~ 0.7V, but when it comes to giving explanations for some of the most important points, they'll let the reader figure out the reasons themselves. So please don't tell me there isn't enough space to explain "everything". In other words, if you're a student that likes to memorize rather than understand what's going on, then this book is for you, because the authors fail to inform. And there is plenty of material for you to memorize. The problem of not getting enough EE students to emphasize on analog circuits is partly due to poor textbooks on the subject. If Sedra was writing a book about dogs, a line in his book would go: Because dogs love to lick on bones, flying saucers are round.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By System Designer on June 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am a Computer Engineering student at University of Toronto. If you notice, the authors of this book are from my university. I agree that this is a very bad book for beginners because I just finish an Introduction to Electronics course. This book contains too little examples and all of the examples are too easy compare to the exercises. This causes many students to have a difficult time understand the practical concepts. The books has so many errors on the examples. This also makes beginners to be fustrated and it is very time consumming trying to figure out what is wrong while learning at the same time... Last but not least the reason why I think this is a bad book because it doesn't explain how to apply all the concepts to real world problems... It just throw at you all the theories, numbers, and units and not to mentions many are wrong.
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