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Introduction to electric circuits
Dorf, Richard C.
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Fourth edition.
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New York : John Wiley, [1998]
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xxiii, 914 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm + 1 computer laser optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
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Instead of just detailing the various types of electric circuits, Introduction to Electric Circuits, Fourth Edition actually gets students involved in the design process. It clearly demonstrates how the analysis and design of electric circuits has become an integral facet of an engineer's ability to design complex electronic systems as well as typical consumer products. Students are presented with a unique yet simple step-by-step design methodology in Chapter 1 that is used to solve The Design Challenge problems posed at the beginning of each chapter. By applying this methodology to realistic problems like a printer driver and cable, students will develop the critical skills required to apply problem-solving skills throughout their career. The design methodology emphasized in Chapter 1: Problem State the problem. Situation Describe the situation and the assumptions. Goal State the goals and requirements. Verify Verify that the proposed solution is indeed correct. Act Act on the plan. Plan Generate a Plan to obtain a solution of the problem. Solution Communicate the solution. Students will find the presentation greatly enhanced by a number of computer applications that can be used at the readers discretion. Students will find several examples that illustrate the use of MATLAB to solve problems involving electric circuits. The text explains how this powerful program is used by engineers in the field. A new appendix is also included that provides an introduction to MicroSim Corporation's DesignLab(TM) and PSpice(r). Students can use the resources of the Interactive Circuits from Electronics Workbench CD-ROM to view, simulate, and change circuit parameters of the Design Challenges in each chapter. Further, the demo version of Electronics Workbench(r) allows the user to build and simulate all circuits in the text!

Author Notes

Richard C. Dorf is professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis
James A. Svoboda is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clarkson University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1   Electric Circuit Variables
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Electric Circuits and Current
1.3 Systems of Units
1.4 Voltage
1.5 Power and Energy
1.6 Circuit Analysis and Design
1.7 How Can We Check
1.8 Design Example-Jet Valve Controller
1.9 Summary
Design Problems
Chapter 2 Circuit Elements
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Engineering and Linear Models
2.3 Active and Passive Circuit Elements
2.4 Resistors
2.5 Independent Sources
2.6 Voltmeters and Ammeters
2.7 Dependent Sources
2.8 Transducers
2.9 Switches
2.10 How Can We Check
2.11 Design Example-Temperature Sensor
2.12 Summary
Design Problems
Chapter 3 Resistive Circuits
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Kirchhoff 's Laws
3.3 Series Resistors and Voltage Division
3.4 Parallel Resistors and Current Division
3.5 Series Voltage Sources and Parallel Current Sources
3.6 Circuit Analysis
3.7 Analyzing Resistive Circuits Using MATLAB
3.8 How Can We Check
3.9 Design Example-Adjustable Voltage Source
3.10 Summary
Design Problems
Chapter 4 Methods of Analysis of Resistive Circuits
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Node Voltage Analysis of Circuits with Current Sources
4.3 Node Voltage Analysis of Circuits with Current and Voltage Sources
4.4 Node Voltage Analysis with Dependent Sources
4.5 Mesh Current Analysis with Independent Voltage Sources
4.6 Mesh Current Analysis with Current and Voltage Sources
4.7 Mesh Current Analysis with Dependent Sources
4.8 The Node Voltage Method and Mesh Current Method Compared
4.9 Mesh Current Analysis Using MATLAB
4.10 How Can We Check
4.11 Design Example-Potentiometer Angle Display
4.12 Summary
PSpice Problems
Design Problems
Chapter 5 Circuit Theorems
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Source Transformations
5.3 Superposition
5.4 Th´evenin's Theorem
5.5 Norton's Equivalent Circuit
5.6 Maximum Power Transfer
5.7 Using MATLAB to Determine the Th´evenin Equivalent Circuit
5.8 How Can We Check
5.9 Design Example-Strain Gauge Bridge
5.10 Summary
PSpice Problems
Design Problems
Chapter 6 The Operational Amplifier
6.1 Introduction
6.2 The Operational Amplifier
6.3 The Ideal Operational Amplifier
6.4 Nodal Analysis of Circuits Containing Ideal Operational Amplifiers
6.5 Design Using Operational Amplifiers
6.6 Operational Amplifier Circuits and Linear Algebraic Equations
6.7 Characteristics of Practical Operational Amplifiers
6.8 Analysis of Op Amp Circuits Using MATLAB
6.9 How Can We Check
6.10 Design Example-Transducer Interface Circuit
6.11 Summary
PSpice Problems
Design Problems
Chapter 7 Energy Storage Elements
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Capacitors
7.3 Energy Storage in a Capacitor
7.4 Series and Parallel Capacitors
7.5 Inductors
7.6 Energy Storage in an

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