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Introduction to Electric Circuits, 8th Edition

January 2010, ©2010
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The central theme of Introduction to Electric Circuits is the concept that electric circuits are a part of the basic fabric of modern technology. Given this theme, this book endeavors to show how the analysis and design of electric circuits are inseparably intertwined with the ability of the engineer to design complex electronic, communication, computer and control systems as well as consumer products.This book is designed for a one-to three-term course in electric circuits or linear circuit analysis, and is structured for maximum flexibility

The presentation is geared to readers who are being exposed to the basic concepts of electric circuits for the first time, and the scope of the work is broad. Students should come to the course with the basic knowledge of differential and integral calculus. This book endeavors to prepare the reader to solve realistic problems involving electric circuits. Thus, circuits are shown to be the results of real inventions and the answers to real needs in industry, the office, and the home. Although the tools of electric circuit analysis may be partially abstract, electric circuits are the building blocks of modern society. The analysis and design of electric circuits are critical skills for all engineers.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Electric Circuit Variables.

Chapter 2 Circuit Elements.

Chapter 3 Resistive Circuits.

Chapter 4 Methods of Analysis of Resistive Circuits.

Chapter 5 Circuit Theorems.

Chapter 6 The Operational Amplifier.

Chapter 7 Energy Storage Elements.

Chapter 8 The Complete response of RL And RC Circuits.

Chapter 9 The Complete Response of Circuits With Two Energy Storage Elements.

Chapter 10. Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis.

Chapter 11 AC Steady-State Power.

Chapter 12 Three-Phase Circuits.

Chapter 13 Frequency Response.

Chapter 14 The Laplace Transform.

Chapter 15 Fourier Series and Fourier Transform.

Chapter 16 Filter Circuits.

Chapter 17 Two-Port and Three-Port Networks.

Appendix A: Getting Started with PSpice.

Appendix B MATLAB, Matricies and Complex Arithmetic.

Appendix C Mathematical Formulas.

Appendix D Standard Resistor Color Code.



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Author Information

Richard C. Dorf, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in electrical engineering in the fields of circuits and control systems. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, an MS from the University of Colorado, and a BS from Clarkson University. Highly concerned with the discipline of electrical engineering and its wide value to social and economic needs, he has written and lectured internationally on the contributions and advances in electrical engineering.

Professor Dorf has extensive experience with education and industry and is professionally active in the fields of robotics, automation, electric circuits, and communications. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley.

A Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education, Dr. Dorf is widely know to the profession for his Modern Control Systems, eleventh edition (Prentice Hall, 2008) and The International Encyclopedia of Robotics (Wiley, 1988). Dr. Dorf is also the coauthor of Circuits, Devices and Systems (with Ralph Smith), fifth edition (Wiley, 1992). Dr. Dorf edited the widely used Electrical Engineering Handbook, third edition (CRC Pres and IEEE press), published in 2008. His latest work is Technology Ventures, third edition (McGraw-Hill 2010).

James A. Svoboda is an associate professor electrical and computer engineering at Clarkson University, where he teaches courses on topics such as circuits, electronics, and computer programming. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MS from the University of Colorado, and a BS from General Motors Institute.

Sophomore circuits is one of Professor Svoboda's favorite courses. He has taught this course to 5,500 undergraduates at Clarkson University over the past 30 years. In 1986, he received Clarkson University's Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Svoboda has written several research papers describing the advantages of using nullors to model electric circuits for computer analysis. He is interested in the way technology affects engineering education and has developed several software packages for use in Sophomore Circuits.

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New To This Edition

  • Increased use of PSpice and MATLAB: Significantly more attention has been given to using PSpice and MATLAB to solve circuits problems. It starts with two new appendices, one introducing PSpice and the other introducing MATLAB. These appendices briefly describe the capabilities of the programs and illustrate the steps needed to get started using them. Next the PSpice and MATLAB are used throughout the text to solve various circuit analysis and design problems. We pay particular attention to interpreting the output of these computer programs and checking it to make sure that it is correct. Frequently this is done in the section called "How Can We Check.. ." that is included in every chapter.
  • Revisions to improve clarity: The chapter covering the Laplace Transform and the Fourier Series and Transform, Chapters 14 and 15, have been largely rewritten, both to improve clarity of exposition and to significantly increase coverage of MATLAB and PSpice. In addition, revisions have been made through the test to improve clarity. Sometimes these revisions are small, involving sentences or paragraphs. Other, larger revisions involved pages or even entire sections.
  • More Problems The 8th edition contains 120 new problems bring the total number of problems to more than 1350. This edition uses a variety of problem types and they problems range in difficulty from simple to challenging, including:

    Straightforward analysis problems

    Analysis of complicated circuits.

    Simple design problems.

           Compare and Contrast 

           MATLAB and PSpice Problems

          Design problems

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The Wiley Advantage

Introduction Each chapter begins with an introduction that motivates consideration of the material of that chapter. The introduction includes specifics on what is "In This Chapter" which prioritizes the learning objectives for that chapter.

Examples Because this book is oriented toward providing expertise in problem-solving, we have included over 260 illustrative examples.This abundance of illustrative examples provide precise mathematical solutions to practical problems. Verification examples and verification problems illustrate useful techniques for checking solutions to the problems discussed in each chapter.

Design Examples, A Problem Solving Method, and "How can we Check.. ."Each chapter concludes with a Design Example that uses of the methods of that chapter to solve a design problem. A formal, 5-step Problem Solving Method is introduced in Chapter 1 and then used in each of the Design Examples. An important step in the Problem Solving Method requires that we check our results to verify that they are correct. Each chapter includes a section entitled "How can we Check ..." that illustrates how the kind of results obtained in that chapter can be checked to insure correctness.

Key Equations and Formulas You will find that key equations, formulas and important notes have been called out in a shaded box to help students pinpoint critical information.

Summarizing Tables and Figures The procedures and method developed in this text have been sulnmarized in certain key Tables and Figures. Students will find these Tables and Figures to be an important problems-solving resource.

Introduction to Signal Processing Signal processing is an important application of electric circuits. This book introduces signal processing in two ways. First, two sections(Sections 6.6 and 7.9) describe methods to design electric circuits that implement algebraic and differential equations. Second, numerous examples and problems through this book illustrate signal processing.

· The text includes hundreds of exercises and problems to reinforce material, with liberally provided hints and answers.
· Integration of PSpice and MATLABâ sections that show how to solve circuit problems provide strong technology inte-gration.
· Flexible text organization includes a flowchart demonstrating alternative chapter organizations that can accommodate dif-ferent course outlines without disrupting continuity.

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