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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Get a different book! July 7 2011
By M. Thompson - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just finished a 1st semester circuits course using this textbook. The other reviews are spot on. In reading the reviews, I had a back up plan and purchased "Fundamentals of Electric Circuits" (FEC) as a backup textbook. Well, that book became my primary. You may not truly realize what this book (Nilsson) is missing until you read another textbook. I often felt like I was missing information to adequately comprehend a topic or to solve problems. Then I would read FEC and those missing pieces were filled in, with better circuit examples to learn from. As other reviewers mentioned, in Nilsson I often found myself reading ahead to get information to solve problems earlier in the book. In addition, there is a huge disconnect between the chapter examples and the homework problems. I understand homework problems should be challenging, require one to think out of the box, not just plug-and-chug, but this is a little too much in this book. In addition, not EVERY odd# problem has an answer (no even ones either). Therefore, I often found myself simulating circuits to get answers (not necessarily a bad thing). And I would not waste your money on the supplementary texts (Study guide, Multisim guide, etc). They are just about worthless.

Conclusion: Use this book if you have to (i.e. you have to do the homework problems and turn them in), but if you have the means, get a second book to study from, do problems from. Then sell this book back when you are done with it and keep the other book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The authors really screwed up this edition. July 1 2011
By reviewer12321 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was required to purchase this pricey book and am disappointed by its poor overall usefulness. It is garbage. It came bound with two chapter fours. Several of the solution in the back of the book are Incorrect, causing wasted student time troubleshooting their correct work. The text drops units in example problems and uses the same magnitudes making the example difficult to follow (like voltage = 12 and resistance = 12 then shows an equation with no units confusing the reader of if voltage is on the numerator or denominator). The text is hard to follow, does not have a Schaums outline (simple) type summery of fundamental techniques or recommended sign convention for the use of passive sign convention (which was poorly emphasized and unclear throughout the text with the confusing direction of current arrows), uses example with unnecessarily ugly numbers. The book is physically to big and heavy to read at a comfortably angle and is to thick with too tight binding for pages to lay flat (I much prefer reading very light, lay-flat pages, in an ergonomically sized textbook like Schaums outlines). In short this text edition is Not going to be remembered as a beautifully written, readable, classic book of knowledge like Linus Pauling General Chemistry.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Garbage. Sept. 12 2011
By disco disaster - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is impossible to use. The homework problems have very little relation to the material and are much harder than any examples presented in the text. It'd be nice to have a professor to clue me in (if mine could figure this book out either...), but you should be able to get more from the textbook itself than this one provides.

The book is sloppily put together and laid out so that most of the time material that should be on one page together end up with half on each side of a page, making you flip back and forth between explanations and diagrams or two connected formulae. This makes it hard to skim for information. The material seems thrown at you arbitrarily. For instance, an explanation of branches, nodes, and loops comes in chapter 4, when that should have been covered from the beginning.

In most areas, the text also leaves out nuances that students with no previous circuit analysis experience need. As an example: The concept of a node and what can be considered a node is never made explicitly clear. The book expects you to make do with the idea that a node is a black dot on a circuit diagram, but at the same time expects you to know when you can reduce nodes in a transformation. Since this book is being used in a first-year electric circuits course with no prerequisite knowledge of electric circuits, all of these ommissions make learning the material much harder than it needs to be. It's as if the text was written by engineers for engineers, not for engineering students. The authors have clearly forgotten what it was like to learn this stuff the first time around, or else they are sadists.

I will also go on to describe the website connected to this text, since if the publisher has duped your school into using their site for homework, you will be forced to use it, at extra cost, in conjunction with this atrocity of book. You will be sad to see that the video solutions on the site are only to the most simple problems - nothing like what is actually graded. Their "study guides" only cover the first parts of the chapters and again are too simple to be of value. There is zero feedback if you get something wrong on the homework, so you will never know what mistake you made - which might have been as simple as formatting your answer incorrectly, because the site is ridiculously picky.

Maybe I am just stupid or something, but this book makes me want to shoot myself in the face. You will cry if you ever have to use this book, I promise. You will cry until your floors are soaked in salty tears and your downstairs neighbors complain of water damage to their ceiling.

A more suitable text for a beginning student is Electric Circuit Analysis by Charles J. Monier. I only hope I've found it in time to save my grade.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Counterproductive Jan. 27 2013
By dario gerussi - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Edit: I have to change this from two to one star.

This book is filled with countless typos and lacks adequate explanation; not to mention there are typos between different books of the same edition... how does that happen?? How do you print different values in separate books of the same edition?

The worst part about this book is that we have to use it next semester as well.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A bad text book. July 6 2011
By J. NGUYEN - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Pros: This text book is clean. The authors cut all the junks and go straight to the points. This makes the reading pleasant.

Cons: Since the authors decided to make the text short, they cut steps on how to solve the problem on the examples. So if you need to look for help by reading the examples, you are screwed! In addition to it, I feel like that just throw the concepts to you, without explanations and expect you to figure them out.

The most frustrating thing to me is: In some problems, in order to solve them, I have to guess what the authors were saying because the language is so confused.

If I have a choice, I will not use this text book. Too bad, I don't have a choice.