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Introductory EE Textbook

  1. Aug 26, 2007 #1


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    Hi all. I'm taking an introductory EE course this semester which will cover the following topics. Just for clarification, this is my 1st year at university. The following is the syllabus for the course:

    My professor recommended these 2 textbooks for the course, but I checked Amazon.com and have found them to have been trashed pretty badly by the reviewers:

    Principles and Applications of Electrical Engineering
    Author:Giorgio Rizzoni Revised 4e / 2004
    ISBN:0-07-119878-4 (ISE) McGraw Hill

    Electrical Engineering Principles and Applications
    Author:Allan R. Hambley 3e / 2004

    In addition, he also recommended Engineering Circuit Analysis by William H. Hayt, Jack Kemmerly.

    Can anyone else recommend any other textbook apart from the above?

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  3. Aug 27, 2007 #2


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    For a practical angle on basic electronics (including lots of circuit examples with real components), I like "The Art of Electronics" by Horowitz and Hill. Check it out at your technical library or school bookstore to see what you think. We have a thread stickied at the top of the EE forum discussing one of the aspects of the book.
  4. Aug 27, 2007 #3


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    "Art of electronics" doesn't cover the syllabus for your course BUT if you are ever going to need to use electronics for real you need this book.
    Basically anyone who considers themselves in any way an EE has this book!
  5. Aug 27, 2007 #4


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    Get the textbooks the professor intends to use for the course. The textbook reviews on Amazon are often completely insane. They're usually posted by disgruntled kids who failed their classes.

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  6. Aug 27, 2007 #5


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    I'll check out the book, but only because I'm considering EE as a major, not for the course itself.

    Any preferences for any editions of the book over the others? I could get it 2nd hand that and make it worth it that way.

    There are 2 of those textbooks. Any idea which is more preferable?
  7. Aug 27, 2007 #6


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    I have the 2nd edition from nearly 20years ago, haven't seen the new one yet.
    The advice is pretty timeless, except maybe the last chapter with the 68K micro project.
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