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Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits Paperback – Jul 18 2005
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"This is the first college textbook I have seen that covers electrical and electronic fundamentals in the context of what is really going on in the electronics world." - Lou Frenzel, Technology Editor, Electronic Design Magazine, 2005
"Finally, an introductory circuit analysis book has been written that truly unifies the treatment of traditional circuit analysis and electronics. Agarwal and Lang skillfully combine the fundamentals of circuit analysis with the fundamentals of modern analog and digital integrated circuits. I expect this book to establish a new trend in the way introductory circuit analysis is taught to electrical and computer engineers."
-Tim Trick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Without a doubt, students in engineering today want to quickly relate what they learn from courses to what they experience in the electronics-filled world they live in. Understanding today's digital world requires a strong background in analog circuit principles as well as a keen intuition about their impact on electronics. In Foundations... Agarwal and Lang present a unique and powerful approach for an exciting first course introducing engineers to the world of analog and digital systems."
-Ravi Subramanian, Berkeley Design Automation
"Well-written and pedagogically sound, this book provides a good balance between theory and practical application. Most introductory circuit theory texts focus primarily on the analysis of lumped element networks without putting these networks into a practical electronics context. However, it is becoming more critical for our electrical and computer engineering students to understand and appreciate the common ground from which both fields originate."
-Gary May, Georgia Institute of Technology
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The book clearly and concisely educates the reader not only in circuits, but in application of circuit theory to electronics, both analog and digital. The book is complete with solved exercises and answers to select chapter problems. I just can't praise this book enough.
One word of caution. There are substandard prints of this book available from sellers outside Amazon. I bought a second copy for a friend thinking it was an original run from the publisher. It wasn't in color, had publisher's pages missing from the front, had a couple pages stuck together, and didn't meet the high standards of binding from the publisher. I suggest you ask before you buy used copies from sellers other than Amazon.
Please hit the "I'd like to read this book on Kindle" button, if appropriate. There is a PDF version available from a competitor, but their e-reader required for download has received terrible reviews (crashes, poor performance, no book mark, etc.). It's the same price as the hard copy from Amazon.
What really affected my review was that the book didn't seem to be organized very well, relying on a lot of work from the reader. Certain sections of the book, and later on figures referred to in the text, aren't included in the book; they're online. And many times the writer talks about a figure several pages or chapters away. And it's not just a mention, it's something that may or may not be important and you can't follow it unless you remember every little detail of the figure or finally give up and go find it.
The authors demonstrate how one step of the analysis leads to another, why things are best done a certain way, and how you can avoid nasty gotchas.
Not only does the book explain how to solve a specific problem but it also shows how to find the most efficient route to the solution you are looking for. It says things like "we could just solve the whole network for each value of R3, but a simpler approach is to find..." (page 171) or "there are several ways to make the calculations, so it pays to examine the possibilities and choose the easiest route", then it goes on to explain what works and why.
While node analysis, Kirchhoff's Voltage Law (KVL) & Kirchhoff's Current Law (KCL) are the bread-&-butter tools in this book, you'll also dive into how not to bang your head against too many variables. It often proves to be a lot smarter to also use approaches like Thevenin (e.g. pages 157-167, 171-189, 433-435, etc.) and Norton (pages 167-171) to get to your solutions in a breeze without missing a beat.
Being pragmatic about the selection and presentation of the material clearly pays off in the amount of time you're required to invest in learning it. Before you know it, you'll be designing logic gates, calculating the frequency response of circuits, plotting resonant functions, designing filters, inverting operational amplifiers, and so on.
You'll learn how to make use of Maxwell laws such as Gauss' law, Faraday's law, Ampere's law, and the continuity equation useful for EECS by introducing the lumped matter discipline. It's amazing how Anant Agarwal & Jeffrey H. Lang manage to give readers real-world insights into what matters and what doesn't. For instance, you will learn how to set up and solve differential equations (including how to find the homogeneous, the particular and the complete solutions). But you'll also learn that often you can write the characteristic equation by inspection and solve it quickly and efficiently. This book is brilliant, spot-on and it'll save you a lot of time. It's an introduction to electrical engineering on steroids.
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