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Electric Circuits

  1. Feb 18, 2007 #1
    I was just wondering if someone knows of a good intro electric circuits book. My professor told us that there was no need to go out and by the book because he felt it is useless, and he also feels we shouldnt need a book. I have been reading a bunch of reviews of it and most of them arent good so I didnt buy it. The book is Electric Circuits by James W. Nilsson and Susan Riedel.

    Also, if you have taken an intro elec. circuits class how did you find it? So far I find it terrible, Im doing fine in all my other classes but this is by far my worst class and Im not sure why, Im hoping having a text ill help me. It seems that in my notes, the only examples that he does are very basic, and then the assigment questions are much more complex, I dont even know where to start.

    Any help would be appreciated.
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  3. Feb 18, 2007 #2


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    Look at Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill
  4. Feb 18, 2007 #3
    I'm sure a lot of theory on electric circuits people can find on the internet too
  5. Feb 18, 2007 #4
    When I was an undergrad, the textbook used for basic circuits was also Nilsson and Riedel, and I was also not a fan. I am now at a different university for graduate school, and the text that they use for the equivalent course is Fundamentals of Electric Circuits by Alexander and Sadiku, which has good reviews on Amazon.com and has been recommended elsewhere in this forum. I have not used it myself, but according to someone I know who has, it is a decent textbook, but you need to be aware that some of the answers in the back of the book are wrong.

    I believe every electrical engineer should own a copy of Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill, which has a little bit about everything, but it will not have enough depth on any specific topic to replace the textbook used for specific electrical engineering courses.
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    I will also recommend Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill. And since this a intro circuits course, you must be careful. It is vital that you understand the material here as these concepts will be used more vigorously as you get to higher level courses. Just do as much problems as you can at the end of every chapter. If you do the the book by Horowitz and Hill, you may also want to get the student solution manual. It might come in handy if you plan on doing chapter problems.

    There also many ebooks and lectures on these topics that are available online. You can also use these as a supplement. I've collected a bunch of these links and archived them.
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  7. Feb 25, 2007 #6
    What about Schaum's Electric Circuits?

    Has anyone used this book?
  8. Feb 25, 2007 #7


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    Its a very good supplement, but its not written in a way to learn the entire course from. The good thing about the Schaum's books, is that they come with lots of examples.
  9. Feb 25, 2007 #8
    Yea, thats what I read somewhere, fortunately Im not looking to learn the whole course form from the text, I am taking the class and I take good notes. Thats what im looking for, something with alot of examples, i definitely think Im going to try this out since its good and cheap!

    Do the examples start out somewhat simple, and then progressively get harder?

    Every other text I've looked at start out with pretty tough problems, at least for me.
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  10. Feb 25, 2007 #9
    Electric Circuits by Alexander and Sadiku is a very good text. You can pick up an old edition for cheap. Nilsson and Riedel is garbage.
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