Introduction to Electric Circuits

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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!

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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 Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, an M.S. from the University of Colorado, and a B.S. 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 known to the profession for his Modern Control Systems, tenth edition (Prentice Hall, 2004) and The International Encyclopedia of Robotics (Wiley, 1988). 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 Press and IEEE Press), published in 2005. His latest work is Technology Ventures (McGraw-Hill, 2005).

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

Sophomore Circuits is one of Professor Svoboda's favorite courses. He has taught this course to 4500 undergraduates at Clarkson University over the past 26 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 interests in the way technology affects engineering education and has developed several software packages for use in Sophomore Circuits. Professor Svoboda's email address is svoboda@clarkson.edu and the url of his web page is http://www.clarkson.edu/svoboda/.

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