Chad Davis, University of Oklahoma
Pub Date: 2016
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Libraries
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The book covers the traditional topics of DC circuit analysis with the basic circuit elements such as resistors, capacitors, and inductors. Three read more
The book covers the traditional topics of DC circuit analysis with the basic circuit elements such as resistors, capacitors, and inductors. Three modules are well-divided well with enough details in each module. It provides many examples with step-by-step solutions. Hyperlinks for external resource are included so that the interested readers can have an access to more information. This book seems good for the first semester DC circuit followed by AC circuit analysis. It is not sufficient for one semester DC/AC circuit analysis setting, though.
The material for DC circuit analysis looks accurate and unbiased.
The content is relevant to DC circuit analysis. Examples are easy to follow for student to understand the analysis.
The text is clear to understand. Problem sets at the end of each module would be useful for students to practice.
The terminology of the book is consistent. The framework looks natural and is similar to most books in the field.
The modules of the book look well-organized and the sub-modules are divided properly.
The topics in DC circuit analysis are introduced in a proper order. It would be helpful to add a section in Appendix to introduce a basic concept of Multisim because the textbook uses Multisim for the circuit diagrams throughout the book.
The book does not have a significant interface issue. Some of the texts in the figures looks smaller, though.
No grammatical error has been noticed.
There is no culturally insensitive or offensive content.
The book looks good as a textbook or a reference for DC circuit analysis. Utilizing the links throughout the book can be very useful for the readers to enhance their understanding.
This textbook covers the principles of DC circuit analysis with resistors, capacitors, and inductors, and the problem-solving procedures in circuit read more
This textbook covers the principles of DC circuit analysis with resistors, capacitors, and inductors, and the problem-solving procedures in circuit analysis. It contains traditional topics in electric circuit analysis and matrix methods for solving systems of algebraic equations. The textbook is divided into three modules and it provide practical information for an introductory course in circuit analysis. The textbook contains external links for many keywords/topics so that the readers can obtain additional information if they wish to explore further.
The content of the book appears to be error-free and unbiased.
The contents of the book will not be obsolete in the near future. The examples used are typical problems encountered in DC circuit analysis.
The textbook is clearly written. Examples are worked out in details.
The terminology used throughout the textbook is consistent.
Within each module, the topics are further divided into sections and is well organized.
The topics in circuit analysis are presented in a logical and clear fashion.
There were no interface issue with the textbook. The images/charts appear to be of correct proportion and the links I have clicked on all worked.
For the sections I examined in detail, there were no grammatical errors.
I did not see any culturally insensitive or offensive material in the textbook.
This book is useful as a textbook or as a reference in DC circuit analysis.
The book covers DC circuit analysis for resistive circuits and transient analysis for circuits with inductor and capacitors. It is good resource for read more
The book covers DC circuit analysis for resistive circuits and transient analysis for circuits with inductor and capacitors. It is good resource for the students to learn circuits analysis in the first semester for a two-semester circuits analysis sequence.
The book used Multisim software to draw the circuit schematic and conduct the simulation so that students can confirm their calculations using nodal or mesh analysis and be familiar with the circuit design and synthesis. The coverage of circuit theory seems fair and balanced.
The basic circuit theory does not change much. The book is relatively easy for students to read and practice with the practice examples.
The book is clearly written. It would be nice to have a summary for each chapter indicating the important concept and circuit analysis skills that students have to master. The Thevenin's equivalent circuit model deserves more coverage in showing the circuit modeling and synthesis skills useful for studying microelectronic circuits.
The book follows a natural sequence to introduce DC circuit analysis and then the first and second order transient circuits. What might be helpful is the coverage of operational amplifier circuits (e.g., inverting and non-inverting amplifier, addition, integration, differentiation).
The book has good modular sections covering the key skill set for DC circuit analysis.
The book is well organized.
The book contains references and online resources to further the knowledge of DC circuits and analysis skills. The coverage is balanced and easy to follow.
I do not see any grammatical error.
I do not see any cultural issue.
The book is useful for engineering students to study DC circuits with Multisim software and the subsequence AC circuits seems a natural way to complete the study on linear circuit theory.
Table of Contents
Module 1 – The Basics of DC Circuits with Resistors
- Section 1.1 – Introduction and Basic Definitions
- Section 1.1.1 - Charge vs Current
- Section 1.1.2 - Resistance Calculations – (Resistance explained in more detail in section 1.1.3)
- Section 1.1.3 - Ohm’s Law: Voltage, Current, Resistance, and Conductance
- Section 1.1.4 – Power and Energy
- Section 1.2 – Combining Resistors in Parallel or Series
- Section 1.3 – Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law (KVL) and Voltage Divider Rule (VDR)
- Section 1.4 – Kirchhoff’s Current Law (KCL) and Current Divider Rule (CDR)
- Module 1 – Equation List
Module 2 – Advanced Topics for DC Circuits with Resistors
- Section 2.1 – Source Transformations: Thevenin and Norton Form
- Section 2.2 – Approximate Source Transformations: Adding a virtual resistor
- Section 2.2.1 - Voltage Source Approximate Transformation
- Section 2.2.2 - Current Source Approximate Transformation
- Section 2.3 – Mesh Matrix Analysis and traditional loop analysis methods
- Section 2.4 – Nodal Matrix Analysis and traditional Nodal Analysis
- Section 2.5 – Superposition: Solving a circuit by including only one source at a time
- Section 2.6 – Thevenin and Norton Equivalent Circuits
Module 3 – DC Circuits with Resistors, Capacitors, and Inductors
- Section 3.1 – Background for Capacitors
- Section 3.2 – Background for Inductors
- Section 3.3 – Combining Inductors in Parallel and/or Series
- Section 3.4 – Combining Capacitors in Parallel and/or Series
- Section 3.5 – DC Transient Analysis with RC and RL Circuits
- Section 3.5.1 – Single Loop RL and RC Charging (Store) Circuits
- Section 3.5.2 – Single Loop RL and RC Discharging (Release) Circuits
- Section 3.6 – DC Steady State Analysis with RC, RL, and RLC Circuits
- Section 3.7 – Introduction to Passive Filters
- Module 3 – Equation List
References and Links
Appendix – Dependent Sources and Laplace Transform Examples
About the Book
This book covers Direct Current (DC) circuit theory and is broken up into three modules. Module 1 covers the basics for circuits that include DC sources (voltage or current) and resistors. Even though Module 1 is not very difficult, it forms the foundation for more complicated topics in modules 2 and 3 so it is important to have a firm grasp of all Module 1 topics before moving on. Module 2 covers more difficult problem solving techniques for circuits that include only DC sources and resistors. Module 3 introduces capacitors and inductors. These non-linear reactive components are analyzed in the transient and steady state regions in circuits with DC sources in Module 3. Also annexed is a two-page cheat sheet that ENGR 2431 students at University of Oklahoma can use for exams.
About the Contributors
Chad Davis received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. Since 2008 he has been a full-time member of the ECE faculty at OU. He holds a dual discipline (electrical & mechanical) professional engineering license in the state of Oklahoma. Prior to joining the OU-ECE faculty he worked in industry at Uponor, McElroy Manufacturing, Lucent, and Celestica. His work experience ranges from electromechanical system design to automation of manufacturing and test processes.
Dr. Davis is a licensed private pilot and performs research primarily in areas related to aviation. His current research at OU involves the design and development of a new GPS Ground Based Augmentation System utilizing feedback control and the design of instrumentation and data acquisition for navigational systems. Additionally, he serves as the ECE recruiting coordinator and one of the primary academic advisors for ECE students.