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  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 9 edition (Jan. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470128690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470128695
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 3.6 x 28.1 cm
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0554b10) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0584714) out of 5 stars An okay book, that becomes very good with a little trick.. June 1 2008
By Pimentinha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book is quite okay concerning the explaining and teaching, and considering it's an introduction. (If you want diodes, transistors, etc search elsewhere! (Sedra/Smith?))

But the thing is: each of the fifteen chapters has about 70 exercises. And if you began learning this stuff, you know it: you'll always forget a term in the equations or switch a minus for a plus sign, etc.. The solutions are not on the book, but they do exist, and if your an instructor you may log in the site and ask for a copy.

If you're a student . . . it's actually even easier! Just get it on isoHunt or eMule and start working the problems.

Believe me, do half of each chapter's exercises and you'll breeze through your exam. Check or learn the correct answer on the Instructor's Manual.

P.S. - I really understand all the one-star ratings, but it's just because this is a subject where you need lots of practice, lots of exercises. And of course if you're trying to study and you're stuck on one exercise, you probably won't go further, and exasperate.. But go get the answers, and good work! You'll see the book will give you all the theory and explaining necessary.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0584b1c) out of 5 stars Worst. Textbook. Ever. Nov. 21 2008
By Tim Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've paid more for a few textbooks. But they were actually worth the price. They were well-written and had selected answers in the back. This book made me confused about concepts I was already familiar with from previous classes. I felt really sorry for the people who were learning the material in the first few chapters from this book. After that, material in later chapters that was new to me was a nightmare to learn. And I'm good at learning by reading.
I knew after reading chapter 2 that I would be writing a review for this. The class that uses this text is almost over, and I think I can give an accurate review now. There are several reasons why this book is getting terrible reviews. First, the text is hard to understand. It seems like it is written like a lab report where the audience already understands the concepts. Small details and reinforcement that almost all authors just seem to naturally add are missing. Whenever I get done reading a section, I feel like I missed some important detail that would bring the whole concept together. Second, the figures are more often than not on a different page than the text that refers to them. That gets very old, very fast. I would guess that I flipped pages on average six times per example problem.
Another reason that this is a terrible textbook is the homework problems at the end of each chapter. The example problems are usually trivial and short, so you get some confidence that the homework will be easy. Then you get assigned a few problems. And it takes you hours to do. Say the chapter examples show you how to make a cube out of eight marshmallows and toothpicks. Expect one of the homework problems to be: Design a working cold fusion reactor out of marshmallows and toothpicks. And there are no solutions in the back of the book like with every science-related textbook I've ever read. Oh, but you can buy a solutions manual. And that's terrible too. I have a copy. I didn't pay for it and I'm glad. The solutions manual has most of the homework problems with work shown. The problem is that a lot of them are not worked using the techniques shown in the chapter! If you wrote down the step-by-step solution from the manual, your instructor would know right away that you were using the solutions manual.
So, I'd like to beg the authors never to write another book ever again. I don't want to read a pamphlet written by these clowns. There is just too much wrong with their style to even salvage. This book has wasted thousands of man-hours and has probably driven away at least some talent from the field. If this text is required for a class that you need to take, email the instructor and ask why they are using such a poor book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0584b94) out of 5 stars Terrible Intro Book May 23 2010
By tartarsauce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was used for Circuits I and II. The content was very disorganized and unhelpful. Even the tone was written to make the student feel dumb by throwing in phrases like "obviously, this should be like this....". You have to dig through the examples to find concepts that aren't even explained in the text. Terrible, awful book. Hopefully they will change this required text one day.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0584f24) out of 5 stars How not to learn circuits Oct. 26 2008
By Walter Gordy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What would have made this book better would be to include answers to odd questions, more problem solving strategies for odd-ball situations, and chapter problems that start basic and build on concepts as they get harder.

Its obvious that they targeted inexperienced professors by marketing pre-made power point lectures, revised problems for "solution security", and saying that this book will improve FE scores, which it won't since its such a bad book.

I would not recommend this book. I find myself constantly looking online for better examples. There are no answers to any of the chapter questions, which makes it a useless reference book after the class is over. The techniques for problem solving they present are primitive and I found myself struggling in the homework problems. In the end, its just an expense paper weight.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa058a078) out of 5 stars There has to be something better out there Feb. 22 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really didn't like this book. I found it confusing and convoluted. That said, the only reason I took circuits is because I had to. I have no interest in circuits, but for some reason, it's a requirement for civils. There was a ton of text I didn't care to read through, the examples were almost always the very simplest version of a problem that was possible (leaving you to figure out any problems with some degree of difficulty), and I just hate the thing for its bulk.

If you're into electrical engineering, I'm sure this will be right up your alley, but for someone who couldn't care less that V=IR, this book was a complete headache to try to sift through for useful information.