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Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis

Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis

Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis
By J. David Irwin, Robert M. Nelms

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Book Description

Maintaining its accessible approach to circuit analysis, the tenth edition includes even more features to engage and motivate engineers. Exciting chapter openers and accompanying photos are included to enhance visual learning. The text introduces figures with color-coding to significantly improve comprehension. New problems and expanded application examples in PSPICE, MATLAB, and LabView are included. New quizzes are also added to help engineers reinforce the key concepts.


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #315493 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-10-26
  • Ingredients: Example Ingredients
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.89" h x .79" w x 8.76" l, 4.11 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 864 pages

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
1Very poorly written.
By Wil
The textbook is poorly written. After 10 editions, you would think there would be few errors. On page 159, there is a reference to a Thevenin resistance Rth1, yet Thevenin equivalence is not discussed until the next chapter. In Chapter 1, the examples for integrating a current function to get the charge function are simple and always deal with areas under rectangles. Then the learning assessment on page 15 comes with no explanation - here is where a student would expect a worked out example, but all you get is the answer with no steps leading to the answer. On page 31 there is a hint that supposedly provides us insight: "KCL is an extremely important and useful law". Well duh! Tell us why! On page 478, " ... (a power factor) is said to be leading when the phase of the current lags the voltage, and lagging when the phase of the current lags the voltage." Really? The word "supplied" is spelled "supplid" in problem 9.5. In problem 9.7, we are supposed to "find the instantaneous travel..." - what is instantaneous travel? There is a lot of information in the textbook, but if one reads each chapter, it becomes difficult to determine the important details from the supplementary details. Sorry - I do not recommend this textbook.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
2Electric Circuits
By Hunter
Book is horrible. It is by far the worst collegiate book I have ever owned. It has horrible examples, the equations were never basic straight foward types (none of the variables are explained) and there is NO good explanations or graphs to help you understand the topic.

The only positive thing from this book is that I did finally comprehend some of the material after re-reading it at least three times.

If you HAVE to get this book for a class, good luck

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
1Great Paperweight!
By Goobar the Elder
If I could only give something zero stars...

Worst textbook I've ever laid my hands on, hands down. The book is written in a mind-bogglingly convoluted fashion that takes truly a literary genius to understand. I would rate this book on par with Finnegan's Wake in terms on difficulty to understand. The examples are not too helpful, either. They skip many steps that the calculations simply become black magic. We had a professor whose difficulty preceded his class, and I had thought this book would help. NOPE. A big, fat NOPE. Whereas in most courses, one read the book to clarify and understand the lecture, I ended up showing up to class, listening to the lecture, and going "oh. so that's what the book was talking about."

The only saving grace are the practice problems in the back of the chapters. I did about 75% of them and ended up with an A in the class. However, why buy just the book for the practice problems?

Do yourself, your sanity, and your wallet a favor and not buy this book. If anything, buy the study guide instead. At least that has step-by step solutions to the practice problems.

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