on February 19, 2003
If anyone tells you this is a good book, then they are receiving bribes from Prentice Hall. The only possible explanation I can think of that would explain the use of this book, is if the class is intended to 'weed out' 90 percent of the students. This is by far the most terrible excuse for a textbook I have ever seen. It teaches the most basic concepts of circuits, but yet it practically assumes you already know them, because it doesn't bother to work any examples out. If these authors were teaching nuclear physics, they would give you an intimidating equation, hand you a chunk of uranium, and expect you to build a power plant without hurting yourself. I have found countless typos (I might mention that I own the 6th edition), several problems that even my professor claims are incorrect, and most of all, I cannot follow the logic presented whatsoever. I have taken many classes that were extremely difficult, and for the most part, I have done well. However, this book presents material that is trivial in comparison, but the book goes right over my head. Only after the professor 'decodes' the text can I understand what the authors intended to say. I will also add that I took 4 semesters of calculus through a distance learning class where I had no instructor at all and got As in all of those classes. I am perfectly capable of understanding a well written book. This book is truly so poor, I would be impressed if Einstein himself didn't scratch his eyebrows off after reading it.
Please, for the love of all things sacred, complain to everyone you know about this textbook so it can disappear from the shelves of University bookstores.
on December 31, 2002
Circuits theory utilizes Kirchhoff's laws to find currents and potentials in any given network of electronic devices. It is essential not only for electrical and computer engineers. Electrical models describe many mechanical and biological systems and the skills of solving linear time invariant electronic circuits are similar to the skills required to solve any linear time invariant system, which is an essential skill for any engineer and rigorous scientists.
This is currently the ultimate textbook about basic electronic circuits.
It starts from the beginning, describes the basic circuits variables and elements, i.e., Voltage, Current sources and resistors and then shows the basic circuits analysis techniques and the general ones (Nodes and Mesh analysis). First only resistive circuits are used in order to establish the basic circuits analysis techniques and then Inductors and Capacitors are introduced with description of the transient step response and the steady state response with Phasors. Other chapters describe the op-amp and Laplace transform.
Unfortunately the authors had chosen to sacrifice some important issues for the sake of simplicity: (1) Matrix notation is avoided and therefore one had to use tricks such as super-node in a section called "some special cases". The general methods with matrix notation (as developed in the good old texts of Desoer and Kuh) are important for computer implementation and moreover to prove the network theorems (Superposition Thevenin-Norton, Tellegen). (2) It is advisable to stress upfront that Kirchhoff's laws hold for lamped circuits and explain this notion. This is most important since modern electronic circuits work in high frequencies and in such cases the methods described in this book may not hold. (3) In the same way, many practical circuits are not linear and it should be clearly stated which method and technique hold also for nonlinear circuits. In the leading universities the instructors rigorously refer to the three points above and I hope that future editions of this text would include them either in the main text or as appendixes.
This textbook is well pedagogically written with practical perspective at the beginning of each chapter to motivate the reader. It also includes exercises with Pspice and Matlab and problems with some partial numerical solutions.
Altogether, this is a concise textbook, which is recommended as a one-semester textbook to achieve a basic appreciation of circuit theory and learn the essential skills required for any engineer and rigorous scientists.