- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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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If one finds this book difficult, they may not follow the concepts very well. Here are the reasons one may find this book difficult. 1. They just learn by examples, not learn/understand the concepts. Learning is just reading examples before Exam. This won't work after school for sure. (I think that is very poor learning.) 2. They do not have good basic math skills 3. They do not have basic background of semiconductor. This book is for engineers. If you think you will be engineers, this book is for you. This book is not really that difficult If you have semiconductor and good math background. It cannot be bad book. I have many books that are unreadable. This is not one of them. If you found this is very difficult, then you may not want to be engineer. I suggest one finds this book really difficult (after spending time to read) to reconsider the career since one won't want to waste 4 years of time and money to get a degree that does fit the real his/her career. Nowaday, engineer is just as dificult as other careers to find a job and the pay is not such attactive (semiconductor comapanies have been downturn for 4 years now)
I am in semiconductor field. Circuit is not my favor, it is very dry and routine. But the subject is not really that difficult (becuase most theories are not very involved compared to semiconductor field). If you want to be challenged, go for semiconductor physics books or even seminconductor Journals from IEEE, they are much more confusing than circuit books. Some concepts in semiconductor physics can take long time to understand (the math is much more involved than circuit books. One may have to learn the new math from ground up before to study semiconductor physics (e.g Quantum Mechanic). Cicuit math is just basic integration and basic math operation. The circuit math is tedous but not difficult.
Any book has error. This book may have few errors but it is easy to follow. The exercises are challenging. One will spend whole day to solve few questions. Some questions cannot be solved (I was told by a Professor if I recalled correctly). If one spent time to read this book, they will be rewarded. If one found it difficult, then he may need to reconsider if he picked the right field (engineer). It is because this is good and clear book (compared to many books I read. Especially some books wrote by our professors. I was in one of top 5 EE program in US. Some books wrote by our professors were unreadable but he assigned it for his class. Those books should never be published.)
One should know how to get answers by hand not by pspice only. Pspice is just a tool. Pspice cannot design circuits for you. If one knows the theory and know how to do the calculations by hand, he/she can learn pspice in a few days. Even one does not know pspice or spice at all, he knows circuits very well and can do by hand. I guarantee he will have a lot of offers. This is true for any subject, one should always know how to do it by hand. IMO, one should not use Maple, Mathcad unless he knows how to do calculus, matrix etc by hand. Otherwise, he does not learn much. He just learned how to 'pass' the class and it won't help in the interview or career.
If one still find difficult, he/she may not fit engineering field. This book is just the beginning. There are more much difficult books coming later in the engineering courses. If you follow the advice above, you will be much happy in the long run.
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. However, it connects your signals background with the analog implementation in such a comprehensive way that makes you need no other text whenever you are designing some Op-Amp based circuit which ,in turn, make this part a very useful part to consult whenever you are refreshing your memory beside that it is good and to the point to learn from!
For the first part of the text (Basic electronics), the presentation of information is not just intuitive, it is also a practical as it makes you see the big picture and not focused on the solid state physics which are taught in more advanced courses. In this part, the fast overview on solid state physics and the first time student friendly coverage of the analysis and design of simple circuits filled with a collection of relevant problems test some times the student insight and some other times the student knowledge of the theory make the student able to adapt with more advanced topics as fast as it is required for those increased pace courses. Moreover, it exposes the student to some advanced topics related with the industry which might motivate readers.
The Analog part of the text covers almost all topics needed in the undergraduate level as it covers thoroughly advanced topics like frequency response, filter design, Power amplifier classes and also there is one nice chapter devoted for Op-amp complete design.
The digital part is slightly covered compared with the analog part this text is more devoted to. It assumes that you are familiar with the very basic topics of electronics for e.g. Boolean algebra, logic gates ...etc. Although the digital part is not as thorough, the eye opener style gives the reader the ability to detect potential problems in digital integrated circuits in various ways as it gives you an example of implementing some digital integrated circuit then walks with you through it step by step then gives you the chance to see the problem then it solves it with you then shows you the modified (enhanced) circuit and do it the same way till you reach the best one that can resist noise, ground instability to some extent,overcome switching problems, ...etc; this is done in no more than two iterations! At some points you might find the technology used in some digital implementation is not as up to date as you might expect from a such a big text e.g. DTL; however, it rather gives you the creativity of the circuit designer than showing you the `free' latest technology journal! Which ironically is irrelevant as it depends on much more topics those are not covered in this volume!
To summarize this: if you are an undergrad. Student I strongly recommend this text to use all through the basic electronics course if and only if the course's topics are covered in the first part. Also, I would recommend this text on Analog electronics course which I find this text superior in the area to other texts I read (more than 3). As for digital electronics course I would recommend you use it as a supplementary text since it gives you some examples more involved with electronics than digital design concepts. Moreover, in such case I would recommend some other text like Tocci or Mano. Nevertheless, in my view, the text that would match Sedra in its analog part but in digital part is Rabaey.
As a circuits design professional (lucky you to have such a rare profession today!) this text would help you as long as you wont exceed the scale that make you think more about physics!
The bottom line is: This book will never be a waste of neither time nor money.